GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington

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GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington

GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington

Through Glass

Series: Glass, #1

Published on September 20, 2013

Genres: Dark, Dystopia, New Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.
Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.
Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.
At least, that's what I hoped. I hoped that there was an 'everyone' that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.
I hoped that I wasn't alone.
I remembered that day.
I remembered because it was the day I became alone.
It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.
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Through Glass is my kind of book. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s real, and not everyone lives. This story is a new adult, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, SF, mystery, horror… LOL… it’s got a bit of all the dark stuff in it, and I loved it.
First of all, it’s got one of the best blurbs I’ve ever read. This book hooked me right away with the description, it was awesome. Secondly, even though it’s written in first person and we only get the main heroine’s point of view, Rebecca really did a great job distinguishing between Alexis and Cohen. Both survive a pretty horrific end-of-the-world scenario, but we don’t find out how differently each of them coped—despite being right next door, they could not communicate except through their bedroom windows—until much later in the book. I loved that moment when Alexis realized that Cohen’s house looked nothing like hers.
The setting was pretty gruesome and the mystery was so compelling I kept paging forward to see what the hell is going on. It was not easy to figure out because this book is totally original. First of all—the “invaders”—what the hell were they? You seriously don’t get a whole lot of answers in this book. There is a small bit of explanation towards the end, but not enough to really get a grip on things.
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This is what you can do with a first person point of view. Keep secrets as you lead the character and the reader, by extension, though a very complicated mystery. And this book has a lot of secrets. I had no idea what was coming at all. And I can’t even tell you how back and forth I was as the story moved forward. I can’t even explain it because it will spoil the plot for you. The description of how Alexis had to live in order to survive were horrifying. She was in fact, slowly dying of starvation because once the invaders came, they took all the food and put out all the lights, including the sun. (OK, the sun was not harmed in the writing of this book, but they did block it out). And they made these creepy deliveries every once in a while to drop off food packets that smelled like vomit. And the water was only turned on periodically. So imagine living for years, YEARS—with nary a bath or clean clothes.
Also, the big mystery for me was—why did they let her and Cohen live? Part of it was that they followed the rules, but there seems to be so much more to this. And the end is a sort of cliffhanger. Alexis does accomplish her goal, she survives. She figures out some answers, and she even meets up with some “friends” from her previous life. But nothing is what it seems and when you finally figure out what has happened to her, it’s a shock.
All I kept thinking was, now WTF is she gonna do?
I hope Rebecca is working very diligently on the next book because I need to know what the hell is going on! (I’m gonna be monitoring your FB time, young lady.) 😉
Like I said, this is my kind of book. Little bit of everything cool, dark, violent, and real. Five stars from me.

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41 Responses to “GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington”

  1. Erika

    The synopsis/excerpt that I read intrigues me the most. It also has a unique title which I like, too often sexual titles are used and i guess i find that it just gets a little old.

  2. Heather

    The cover caught my eye immediately, but the synopsis is what intrigues me. It sounds really good and after reading it I feel the need to know what will happen next.

  3. Kim Sullivan

    It looks le a book that I would be interested in reading. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Jessica A

    Can’t wait to read it, what interests me the most would have to be a big mystery!! Sounds great from your review!!

  5. Tiffany

    I love Rebecca’s books…. one of the best new authors I have read in a long time. Through Glass is sure to be as amazing as the rest of her books!

  6. Jenniffer Kilner

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! Sounds like an awesome book… def gonna add it to my tbr :-)

  7. Tanya

    Reading it now and it is driving me nuts to find out what the heck is really going on :)

  8. Feifei Le

    First, the cover. Then because you said it was DARK and GRITTY!! I’m a dark romance reader, in love with anything forbidden, taboo, anti-heroish, and gritty! Lovely review and ME ME ME!!! tehe <3

  9. Diana Doan

    OOo…I love how this book sounds…the cover, the blurb, all of it. I can’t wait to read it!!

  10. Gaby Metivier

    What intrigues me is that she is all alone. I’ve always liked the storys where the main character fights the apocalypse on their one :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Taylor K.

    I like how you said it has a lot of mystery and surprise.
    And I like books were it’s gritty and real and not everyone lives. It makes the book more believable.

  12. Mer

    The cover caught my, eye but I’m really interested in the POV. Figuring things out along with the protagonist sounds intruiging.

  13. candace

    Wow, this sounds like it has a little bit of everything! I love dark books…I’ve read too much fluff lately!

  14. Filia Oktarina

    The synopsis, it’s sounds very intetresting and you said horror too. My sister will be like it.

  15. Ileana Agüero

    OMG the synopsis sounds great!! It caught my attention. And who’s the boy she talks to??? Where are the monsters from?? Is she all alone??

    OMG I want to know everything!!!

  16. Pam

    The idea behind the book intrigues me very much and the thought that it’s dark interests me even more. I wasn’t sure that would be the type of story I would enjoy if it wasn’t for the fact that I had unknowingly read a rather dark story a little while back and was strangely drawn to it. I enjoyed it more than I imagined. So I’m curious about Through Glass.

  17. Janice U.

    I have read a lot of YA dystopia books. Recently, they have left me all disappointed. This one seemed vastly different and makes me want to try dystopia again. I’ve heard such good things about it.

  18. Laurna Hamilton

    I would love to read this, I love books that have a darker theme to them, since we all know life isn’t always butterflies and roses. Thanks for the giveaway

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