EMWF YA Reads

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass
Written by Adan Jerreat-Pool
Published by Dundurn Press

A book review by Olivia (13)

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, by Adan Jerreat Poole, is a beautifully written fantasy story for younger readers. It is about a teenage assassin girl, Eli, who was designed by the mysterious supernatural beings of the Coven to hunt down the ghosts that were a threat to the human world. But when something goes horribly wrong, Eli is caught up in a rageful battle between a secret society of human spies and the witches of the Coven, those who made her. Her loyalties trapped between the two warring worlds, Eli begins to learn dark secrets about herself and the world she's grown up in, and starts to question what is true, and what is right…

What I loved about this book is that Adan clearly works hard to include all races and sexualities with an open heart into their book. They show wonderfully how it doesn't matter what color skin we have, or who we love, or what pronoun we choose, to be able to work together in harmony to fix what is wrong and to stand as one against it. I also enjoyed how unique Adan’s style of writing is. It's quite exhilarating for me as a reader to pick up a book that stands out for the way it's written... In this case with deep thought and a flourishing imagination that takes you into places from a simple but secretive coffee shop to the dark and dimly lit caverns buried beneath the magical City of Eyes. 

"Clouds formed into swans and watercolor paintings and then tore themselves apart. Rain and thunderstorms danced around their bodies, and then the sun came out and lit up the world" (page 24).

The main character of this novel, Eli, is a strong and fierce young woman (though not quite made of flesh and bone, like us,) who is confident, observant, independent, feisty, and perfectly flawed in a way I can look up to her. She is such a great role model to young teens like me because even though she is tough and brave, she realizes throughout the book that no one is perfect and to accept her flaws instead of denying them. She is a guide to me and no doubt countless others, because she has so much of the depth and challenging emotions that teens find within themselves.  Because of this I can see myself in her, which takes the book to a higher, more personal level. A brilliant way to get the reader more engaged and excited about reading.

The themes I see so vividly in this book are loyalty, determination, and the bravery to seek the truth no matter how hard it is. It is important to a young person like me to be reading books like this that have such positive messages woven into an intricate storyline, which, believe it or not, makes the story so much easier to understand when you can just boil down the confusing parts into something relatable and easy to interpret.

The people I would recommend this deep, empathetically written book to would be kids around my age (13), or a little younger. Though age is important, I would say that you don't really need an age limitation to restrict your reading. To me, it's more important about what type of books you like. Those who like adventure, lots of exciting plot twists, a tiny drop of romance, and characters that each are simultaneously struggling with their own problems while trying to save the world would love The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass. You know, kids like me. I'm still working on saving the world, just give me a little more time.

To conclude this review, I was asked to think of a question I'd ask the author. While brainstorming my ideas for this review, I actually came up with two.

The first being and one of my classics:
-How old were you when you were first inspired to write?

And the second:
-Are your characters based on people in your life? If so, who are they?

P.S.  Read this book. It's really good.

Thank you Olivia!