Review: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted October 3rd, 2013 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 36 comments

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Glass Series #1

by Rebecca Ethington

Publisher: Imalind Press (Sept. 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult, New Adult
Format: eARC (325 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)


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.

At A Glance
I really, really wasn’t expecting Through Glass to be so amazing. It’s like a punch in the face with a velvety soft glove.

The Good
WTF did I just read? Mind Effing Explosion! I don’t know if I feel excited, sad, happy, or dirty walking away from this novel. Throughout the whole book I kept doubting it’s excellence. I thought, ‘okay, here is where it’s going to get boring’ but then the action kicks you in the gut the next page. Or ‘okay, this is where it all goes downhill, it’s already peaked’ Nope, it just got more exciting. Through Glass is one of those rare gems that you might pass over and never realize what you are really missing. And you will be missing out on a lot if you never read this book.

I have to admit, I was skeptical on the monster front. Come on, monsters? I am use to vampires and werewolves, but fantastical monsters called Ulama? I didn’t buy it. Then I totally did. I loved the world Ethington created. The darkness, the unimaginably horrible monsters, and the death. It was all so dark, but there was always light at the end of the tunnel. Kinda.

Lex drives this story. She is just like any other girl. She loses hope when the monsters take over but keeps living for the sake of Cohen. Lex and Cohen may not be able to talk or touch but they do have each other as the world around them dies. And then everything changes. Lex has to find a way to survive on her own, with the monsters on her tail. I could NEVER have imagined how much story was left after the big ‘incident that broke my heart.’ Lex kinda became a badass. Lex’s life gets worse and better at the same time as she explores the world she hasn’t been a part of for 2 years. A LOT has changed. Even among allies, the darkness of the world finds a way to tear down Lex, but she keeps getting back on her feet. I think I am going to like this girl more and more as the series goes on.

Cohen was so snarky and fun in the beginning. He is the boy you want to fall in love with. He’s your best friend who gives you passionate kisses. But when the monsters come Cohen becomes Lex’s only hope. He keeps them strong during the worst times of their lives. I was devastated with what happened to Cohen but I have hope. I can’t wait to see what Ethington does with his character.

Through Glass has the most amazing plot. The twists and turns never stopped. The sense of foreboding was constant. It’s a very tense read. You will be glued to this story from beginning to end. I just sat there with wide eyes, 3am, not able to put this book down. The dread Ethington induces in us with the Ulama and the never knowing who to trust and what their motives are made this experience so enjoyable and frightening at the same time. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.

The Bad
The only thing that bothered me was the repetitive wording and sentences. It happened a lot during the first half of the novel. I think it was suppose to be artistic but I found it annoying.

The Snuggly
This is the my chronological order of emotions when it comes to Lex and Cohen and what they went through: Awwww, so cute…Oh God, I hope they survive…Wow, they really love each other…NOOOOOO, why????…This can’t be happening, this can’t be real…Oh thank you, thank you, there is hope…Crap, this is not going to be good…Please let there be a way for them to be together.

I can’t believe what these two went through. Their love for each other shines through so much even though they don’t get to spend a lot of time with each other. I really, really hope their story work outs.

No sex, just some hot, mind-blowing kissing. Can be read by a young adult audience.

Final Thoughts
Read this book! Read this book! Read this book! It’s so close to 5 stars. I would recommend this book to almost everyone. Highly recommended.

“He stood there on the other side of the glass with his hand pressed against the pane as he looked at me; his own tears streaming down his face.”

“Night had come and eaten everything”

“I had heard the screams of death in the air, I had felt them rock through me. I had heard the ones yell as they fought back, only to die anyway. The black monsters had killed the people those pleas belonged to.”

Author Bio
Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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36 Responses to “Review: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Cherry

    This post-apocalyptic world of Through Glass is rich with possibilities that a story might take and I curious as I am, want to know what lies around the bend for these two characters…

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    Ooo Jen, this sounds really good from the monsters to the non-stop twists and turns. I love when a book grabs you like this and surprises you. Wonderful review!

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I love reading the chronological emotions on the romance between the characters. I could completely follow with you and imagine crazy circumstances that would cause those emotions and triggers. The fantastical monsters and twists and turns are exceptionally intriguing. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  4. Giselle

    Oh wow this sounds really good! I had seen the cover around but never really checked what it was about before but it’s right up my alley! I love the sounds of Cohen already and it sounds like you’re kept on the edge of your seat with a constant nervous tone and the twists – on that note I haven’t read a really GOOD twisty read in a while! Great review, chick! 🙂

  5. Ashley Robertson

    The cover didn’t really catch my attention, but your review surely did. I liked the description, and the story itself seems unique (compared to anything else I have personally read). I’m about to wrap up Magic Rising and then I’ll be able to delve into some new stories. I’ll add this one to the list. My only turnoff (except the repetition, which I’m sure might bother me) would be the lacking sex. But if the romance in general is strong enough, that won’t matter as much. I felt like Ilona Andrews cuts out too much of the sex between Kate and Curran and I was thinking I’d need more of a graphic adult book once I got done with it 🙂

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know what you mean, Ilona needs to get her freak on and write some good sex scenes. Unfortunately, this book has no sex. So maybe hold off. A sexy series that isn’t in the romance genre but has great sex scenes is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

  6. Ashley Robertson

    Yes 🙂 I’ve read everything by JF already…waiting on the last installment of Night Huntress next year. I’m bummed about that, but I understand why JF is cutting it instead of giving those two extra promised books.

    • Ashley Robertson

      I haven’t heard of that. I will check it out. Thanks girl. Also, Crimson Groves is a free ebook (kindle, nook, itunes, smash) now through the holidays. If you’d like to mention it on your freebies post some time that would be awesome. 🙂

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’s a paranormal romance series. It was one of the first series I ever read. Very good.

      I put down Crimson Groves for the next time I do the freebies 🙂

  7. Mia

    WOW! Through Glass sounds amazing! I haven’t heard of this one, so thank you for the awesome review. I may have crossed this book in passing, but to be honest, I have become so jaded lately. Books that have eye catching covers and a good blurb hook are becoming more and more disappointing. And then you have books like Through Glass that sort of blend in and get skipped over. So I am really glad I stopped by and took a few minutes to check out some of your older posts. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my TBR pile!

    🙂 Mia @ The Muses Circle

  8. Shadow

    Im very intrigued! I want to know what happens. Who and what are the monsters? Are there other people alive? Does she ever meet the boy? So many things! lol

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