Madison Adler’s “The Glass Wall” is definitely a YA book that avoids the familiar traps of annoying heroines readers usually put up with. Sydney is a foster child with a mother in and out of rehab, a teen who has seen a lot and is about to experience something totally new.
Her relationship with her foster dad reminded me of “The Book Thief” just in terms of shared interests and feeling that he really cares about her—the foster mom does as well. They are good folks if a bit eccentric and add a screw ball comedic feel to the novel.
The new sibling, new school, and the investigation Sydney sets out on to discover what makes the new neighbors so suspicious is all worked into a nice plot. And, of course, I love that she has a pet mouse she’s smuggled into her new home. Add in the craziness of a rock star hanging around Sydney and there’s a lot to appreciate and enjoy.
I’m used to full-on fantasy that starts in the other world rather than ours. This barely touches on the other place till close to the end as Sydney is figuring things out. It was well done, though.
Some questions are left unanswered at the end of the book, but the next volume awaits.
P.S. When I went to get the link to the book, I found not only a NEW cover but another author added to the credit, Carmen Caine. I wonder how that happened? ….ah.. I see, it’s the same author writing under two different names. Interesting way to bring them together.
Kristin King has never owned a mouse but would like to. She is also an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).