The Girl with Glass Feet

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

When Vivienne at Serendipity mentioned The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw, I knew that I had to read this book! The book’s cover immediately attracted me and the synopsis piqued my interest.

Jason Liebman from Henry Holt and Company kindly sent me an advance reading copy and I must say that I really enjoyed reading it!

Midas is a shy young man who enjoys being alone, as he doesn’t really know how to talk to people. He has lived on St. Hauda’s Land his entire life, but he barely has any friends. Therefore, Midas has devoted his whole life to photography and when peculiar things begin to take place on the islands, he is eager to capture everything on camera. Odd winged creatures and albino animals seem to have appeared on the islands and other unusual things are happening. However, Midas doesn’t seem too concerned; he is intrigued by these beings and wants to take pictures of them. But everything changes when the young man meets Ida, the girl with glass feet. Her body is inexplicably turning into glass and she desperately searches for a cure. At first, Midas only seems to take an interest in her condition and wants to take pictures of her glass feet, but as they spend time together, he begins to fall in love with her. There is something about the girl’s nature that gradually changes Midas and thus, he begins to blossom into a brave and confident young man. Ida helps him overcome the demons of his past, while Midas helps her come to terms with her affliction. Together, they try to find a cure for her condition, but time is slipping away. Will Midas be able to save his beloved? And what does his father’s death have to do with all of this?

I don’t want to tell you more about this wonderful book, because I think that you should also read it and thus experience this absorbing story yourself! The Girl with Glass Feet is an unusual, magical love story that will touch your heart and will linger in your mind for a long time! I recommend this fanciful novel to everyone out there, since Ali Shaw has done such an excellent job fabricating a beautiful and gripping fairy tale! The author describes the landscape and the characters in a poetic way and he successfully manages to create an elegant world, where reality wonderfully merges with fantasy! All in all, The Girl with Glass Feet is an imaginative novel, full of suspense, magic and marvels. I have never read a book like this before, since it’s so unusual, but at the same time it’s so spectacular! I really loved this heartbreaking novel and I am so glad that I had the chance to read it!

Note: The book is scheduled for release in January 2010!


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vivienne
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 16:56:00

    Oh my, you beat me too it. I am desperate to read this one. We don’t get advance copies over here, so you are really lucky. Well done and I am so pleased it is as good as I hoped.


  2. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 16:58:56

    Jan 2010? WOW! I don’t review books that far in advance! This does look like a great book. I’ll keep an eye out for it!


  3. Andreea
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 17:07:43

    Vivienne: Yes, I am really lucky:) You will love this book, I am pretty sure!

    Jackie: It’s a great book and I hope you do get the chance to read it in the future!


  4. Jenny
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 22:03:42

    Sounds like a beautiful story! I’ll keep my eye out for this one!


  5. Melody
    Oct 05, 2009 @ 01:44:53

    I didn’t know this book is scheduled to be released in Jan 2010! I don’t understand why our local bookstores have it but I’m sure glad I had added it to my TBR pile! 😉


  6. Darlene
    Oct 06, 2009 @ 18:17:24

    Great review. This book sounds so good. I just love the cover as well. Thanks for all your support Andreea with all that’s been going on with me. It really means a lot to me.


  7. Nymeth
    Oct 06, 2009 @ 19:09:17

    I want this book! Actually, let’s make that I NEED this book! January 2010, eh? Just in time for me to put it on my birthday list 😛


  8. Andreea
    Oct 06, 2009 @ 20:01:27

    Jenny: Yes, it’s really a beautiful and sad story!

    Melody: I think it has already been released in Europe and Asia. Here, in the States, it will be released in January.

    Darlene: You’re welcome! Your site was one of the first that I discovered when I first started blogging and I always enjoy to read your great reviews and to visit your blog!

    Nymeth: I knew you would want to have this book:) I hope you get the chance to read it! As I mentioned to Melody, I think the novel has already been released in Europe, so you may already purchase it!


  9. Kristen M.
    Oct 07, 2009 @ 16:04:29

    I will definitely be looking for this one! That’s a beautiful cover too.


  10. Jemima
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 19:05:32

    Wow – this one sounds intriguing. I love the cover. The way you describe it I am reminded of the book Of Bees & Mist by Erick Setiawan- which I absolutely loved.


  11. Andreea
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 15:24:49

    Kristen M.: This book is beautiful on the outside and on the inside!

    Jemima: Thanks for mentioning this book, I will have to check it out!


  12. Carole
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 16:45:15

    I love these kinds of fantasy novels. Thanks for a great review!


  13. Andreea
    Feb 23, 2010 @ 12:24:55

    Carole: You’re welcome. I hope you will like this book!


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