Coming out on the 16th of May, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson is an upper YA that mixes both horror and multiple retellings into one story. In Texas, people are vanishing without a trace but Perrie thinks nothing of it until her best friend and ex-boyfriend suddenly disappear. While retracing her friends steps her and August find themselves in Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, the mysterious building that not everyone can see. And soon they find themselves trapped like everyone else.
I did enjoy this book but I want to start with what I didn’t like about it before I get into the story. When I first started to read Quinsey Wolfe I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it. Personally, I found the writing very basic. It screamed to me that Candace lacked experience in writing, which is fine, as practice makes perfect (you don’t want to see how bad mine used to be). But this fault in writing pulled the book and story down hard. The writing lacked description, emotion, and depth. Because of this I didn’t connect to the characters and felt little emotion during the book. But as much as I thought I would hate it, I didn’t.
A good story can make up for many faults in a book, such as the writing or plot holes. And that’s exactly what the story of Quinsey Wolfe did. As soon as we stepped foot into that Glass Vault it had me. The concept of this story was so interesting, the dark retellings and the world that we stepped into were as equally fascinating. Despite my dislike for the writing, I didn’t want to put it down. Candace has a vast imagination and has created a story unlike any other I’ve ever read.
I wish that we had gotten a bit more, more time in each section of the story, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it. I felt that it lacked a little bit of action and we could have done with some more pages. But despite that, we moved at a pretty good pace and it never lulled into any boring sections.
I wasn’t sure if I would read the next one, but those last few pages had me dying to know more. During this novel, we didn’t receive much information, which was actually great. Candace gave us just enough to feel intrigued and excited for the next installment. And I believe that the next one will be even better. I’m not sure what’s going to happen although I am guessing it will be even darker than this first book. If you’re interested in dark YA novel’s that give you a retelling with a twist than I’d give Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault ago. As I am expecting that Candace’s writing will improve with practice and that she will deliver an even more captivating sequel.
You can purchase Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault on the 16th of May 2017 on Amazon.