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~READ EBOOK ⚈ Storm Glass ☽ Theirs is a world of opposites The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on societyCettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the familySera Fitzempress is a princess born into power She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter s curiosityNeither girl feels that she belongs Each seeks to break free of imposed rules Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosingBut both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their 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worlds Storm Glass is set in a Dickensian world where the the wealthy live in manors magically suspended in the sky by means of something called the mysteries , something only the sky dwellers are privy to learn and understand The unfortunate, impoverished people live below in the Fells , where their short lives are marked by hard work, hunger, and meager means This duality is explored through two characters Seraphin Fitzempress, heir to the throne, who is kept isolated from everyone by her father Storm Glass is set in a Dickensian world where the the wealthy live in manors magically suspended in the sky by means of something called the mysteries , something only the sky dwellers are privy to learn and understand The unfortunate, impoverished people live below in the Fells , where their short lives are marked by hard work, hunger, and meager means This duality is explored through two characters Seraphin Fitzempress, heir to the throne, who is kept isolated from everyone by her father and battles loneliness as a result and Cettie Pratt, a girl who lived in the Fells with a negligent guardian until she meets Vice Admiral Fitzroy, who agrees to take her to his sky manor when she pleaded with him to take her away from her miserable home only to have to contend with his Keeper of the House, Mrs Pullman, who wants Cettie back in the Fells where she belongs.I was completely enchanted with this novel The story is told alternately from Cettie and Seraphin s points of view, and it was easy to see the similarities between the two girls, despite how different their lives were I enjoyed reading about both of them, though I must admit I was most sympathetic to Cettie it was hard not to be, since she definitely had a harder life than Seraphin.There are many things that happened in the story regarding the Mysteries not to mention, people involved in the girls lives that I would love to discuss in this review, but since these things aren t referenced in the blurb, I feel like it would be bordering on spoiling to talk about these things in detail That s a crying shame, too, because oh my goodness these things are some of the best portions of the book Suffice to say that a LOT of things happened that were depending on the event in question exciting, frightening, and even heartbreaking.I am thrilled beyond measure that Storm Glass is the first in a series of books, because I can t wait to visit this captivating world again.This is the first time I ve read a book written by Jeff Wheeler, but it definitely won t be the last I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading young adult fantasy and I hope you ll love it as much as I did The second book in the series, Mirror Gate, will be released on August 28, 2018 I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of 47North via Netgalley I don t feel like writing a full review It had its moments but I wasn t invested in any of the characters I may continue the series because I have KU and I definitely want to watch the antagonists lose. We all learn, little woman, that before we can be old and wise, we must at first be very young and foolish This is marketed as young adult, and while the writing style and pacing were definitely of that genre, the main characters were both 12 throughout the entire novel, which was surprising to me at first The plot was well paced, though, and the characters well rounded, so it was not a bad thing by any means.I was drawn into the story and the world as soon as Cettie s character was introduce We all learn, little woman, that before we can be old and wise, we must at first be very young and foolish This is marketed as young adult, and while the writing style and pacing were definitely of that genre, the main characters were both 12 throughout the entire novel, which was surprising to me at first The plot was well paced, though, and the characters well rounded, so it was not a bad thing by any means.I was drawn into the story and the world as soon as Cettie s character was introduced She had a gothic quality to her that reminded me of Jane Eyre, and her storyline gave me strong Mansfield Park vibes, which I really liked and appreciated.Unfortunately, I did not feel such about our other heroine, Sera, at least not for a long while I found her initiallyalong the lines of the princess part of Barbie s The Princess and the Pauper whiney, ungrateful, and so unconventional But after some hardships, her character really blossomed into someone I genuinely cared about Some knowledge, important knowledge, requires a price to be paid before it is learned The secrets must be guarded But they can be learned I was not a huge fan of the unnecessary love interests, as they made the 12 year old protagonists feel much older, especially since their respective love interests were both a few years older than them The other secondary characters, such as Sera s governess Hugilde, Mr Durrant an iconic gem of a man , and Anna were all great additions that helped to populate the world and expand the breadth of the characters.I did not like the random thoughts from a seemingly unimportant character, Lady Corrine of Pavenham Sky, as they were largely unrelated to the themes of the novel, and served only to reiterate worldbuilding, spew pointless philosophy, and distract from the plot The character in question, when she did appear, did not seem even remotely like her philosophical self.The malevolent spirits and their influence in Cettie s life, as well as Fitzroy s apparent ability to ward them off, was immediately compelling and I was dying to knowabout them I loved the worldbuilding as a whole and was fascinated by the mixture of myth and science It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite underrated novels, Dominion by Shane Arbuthnott, with its historical feel and steampunk mixed with otherworldly fantasy aspects That s the thing about stories They can touch on truths that some people are not ready to hear Read this review andon my blog here No one truly belongs anywhere, Cettie We each are given a life to live And we live it as best we can Jeff Wheeler, Storm Glass I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know Thank you.12 year old Cettie is parentless, hungry, and scared Till a man comes He can see her ghosts too, and he can banish them After a plea from her, she is off to stay with himNo one truly belongs anywhere, Cettie We each are given a life to live And we live it as best we can Jeff Wheeler, Storm Glass I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know Thank you.12 year old Cettie is parentless, hungry, and scared Till a man comes He can see her ghosts too, and he can banish them After a plea from her, she is off to stay with him in his manor in the sky with hopes of being adopted While some of the household welcomes her with open arms Some do not Then there is Sera A princess While her life may seem perfect, she is a prisoner in her own way With hopes and dreams to be free and able to help the poor of the fells After her father is made prince regent Things begin to change in her world And certain information will turn everything she s known upside down.I listened to this one the KU audio The narrator wasn t bad I m unsure though if my rating is due fully to the story though I think without it being on audio, I may have given it a lower rating There really wasn t a whole lot to the story I think its because it was setting the series up and that s what makes it feel so uneventful to me That being said though, the story did have its high points and in the end I will listen to the next book in the series as well with high hopes that the story progresses and get better I liked the characters They were each so different and unique in there own ways How I choose my rating 1 Did not finish, or hated it but forced myself to finish.2 Didn t really like it Didn t hate it but not sure why I finished it other then for some closure.3 I liked it I had some issues with it, but as a whole it was good I probably won t reread again ever, but there is a chance I might finish the series If part of one But if not it s not a huge loss.4 I really liked this book Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining I might reread this again, and I will finish the series If part of one I would recommend to those I know hold interest in this books content.5 I loved this book I found little to no issues with it at all I will definitely be rereading this and probablythan once I will finish the series and reread it multiple times If part of one I will recommend this book to EVERYONE Whew This book really surprised me The main two girls POV we get are so well done The economic and social lessons are brilliant The plot is fast and interesting I would love to see this picked up by a major publisher so it isn t restricted to Kindle Because of the kindle only format, I had to read this book on my phone instead of my e reader However it s a testament to how well done it is that I didn t mind reading on my phone one bit World BuildingNormally what Jeff Wheeler has done to Whew This book really surprised me The main two girls POV we get are so well done The economic and social lessons are brilliant The plot is fast and interesting I would love to see this picked up by a major publisher so it isn t restricted to Kindle Because of the kindle only format, I had to read this book on my phone instead of my e reader However it s a testament to how well done it is that I didn t mind reading on my phone one bit World BuildingNormally what Jeff Wheeler has done to simplify any complex world building that might be needed would bug me For some reason in this structure and with our younger lead gals I didn t mind that the answer to everything supernatural, unknown or unexplained ie floating islands, floating buildings, etc beingOf course, it was all explained by the Mysteries, which meant it wasn t to be explained at all I mean could you leave yourself anyroom to be vague and have things just magically happen I dunno if it s because of our younger lead characters, or just because Wheeler convinced me, but I didn t hate this explanation Also perhaps I tolerate this answer because there is promise that the Mysteries are explained to those who pass certain educational milestones and that our lead gals might each get there Which just makes me want to keep reading the books in this series So maybe Wheeler is just clever and knew how to hook me in Lead GirlsThe two point of views first person that we get in Storm Glass are from two younger girls I think they were 10 12 One whom is very privileged and one who has come from the dirt of nothing up to privilege in the blink of an eye At first I wantedof the poorer girl s story from before she was saved But as time went by I realized that Wheeler was telling those stories in small snippets as our poorer gal experiences the grandeur of the privileged society she is thinking the stories of her past which we then experience Both girls are relatable and likeable in their own ways.Each chapter with their POV tended to go on fairly long and everytime I didn t want to leave that girl s POV until I got a couple pages in to the next POV and felt the same again Wheeler has very compelling writing Genre NovelFor sure Wheeler has given us the beginning of the series called Harbinger that is fairly genre typical We have some characters who differ, a fantasy world, socio economics, and the ever endearing politics of said world Then we have the fantastical Mysteries, some shady folks, and some really fun locations to visit Storm Glass felt like a book I d read a thousand times and would love to read a thousand timesIt was comfortable and felt like it fit in my brain nicely not unlike LOTR, Shannara, WoT, and other slightly older fantasy does For this reason some may find it dated in its style But for this girl, who was born in 1983 and read GoT at 16, it felt perfect Overall The biggest downfall to this book is that I can t get it on my Kobo as it s Kindle only Seriously TOR or Orbit need to jump on this series like now I am however going to order myself the series in paperback so I can enjoy it in all it s printed glory I m very happy to have found a unique but comfortable series to fall into Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review. Intrigued to bored to OMG IT S OVER Storm Glass was an interesting book I found the cover to be cool looking and the synopsis to be interesting and so I dove into it However, after diving into it I was going through the roller coaster of this is boring to ooooo I am intrigued I will also admit that this book had some good twists and turns that I didn t always see coming Especially that ending.Cettie and Sera were adorable I liked how they were constantly intrigued and up for the challenge Intrigued to bored to OMG IT S OVER Storm Glass was an interesting book I found the cover to be cool looking and the synopsis to be interesting and so I dove into it However, after diving into it I was going through the roller coaster of this is boring to ooooo I am intrigued I will also admit that this book had some good twists and turns that I didn t always see coming Especially that ending.Cettie and Sera were adorable I liked how they were constantly intrigued and up for the challenge I also really liked how they weren t so cliche in a way Cettie was a poor orphan girl and Sera was a princess Now Sera was kind of like Jasmine from Aladdin again, in a way because she wanted to somehow give the poor rights If she is Jasmine then Cettie is like Aladdin Again, they were adorable and even though I was starting to ship them I still couldn t believe my eyes with that ending.Other than all of that, I felt like the book was rather slow paced or maybe it was just me and my reading habits I just couldn t get into the book at times and other moments were just me not wanting to read this book because I had other beautiful babies to dive into.Overall, I m glad that I stuck with it because it was a pretty good book I m definitely intrigued to dive into the next one just hoping that it s a bitfast paced Netgalley 64Many thanks to Jeff Wheeler, 47 North, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Jeff Wheeler is the father of clean fantasy I love his Kingfountain series So when I saw he was created a new world I jumped at the chance to read about it This one is set above the clouds And on the dirty ground Guess who s rich and in power We find an orphan, Cettie, with an ability to sense ghosts rescued by a brilliant politician, Fitzroy, who takes her home and prepares to Netgalley 64Many thanks to Jeff Wheeler, 47 North, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Jeff Wheeler is the father of clean fantasy I love his Kingfountain series So when I saw he was created a new world I jumped at the chance to read about it This one is set above the clouds And on the dirty ground Guess who s rich and in power We find an orphan, Cettie, with an ability to sense ghosts rescued by a brilliant politician, Fitzroy, who takes her home and prepares to adopt her as part of his family I found the cloud city fascinating, especially when people went bankrupt There was a symbiotic relationship between the two levels One could not exist fully without the other And I was intrigued by the spirit world and how it s controlled I want to learnabout that Really I just want to read this entire series This is a fantastic start Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler and narrated by Kate Rudd is a fabulous world that is fleshed out magnificently Floating mountain cities, the poor people and the life they live on the ground, the magic that keeps things going they call the Mysteries , and the ship s that soar through the sky It is all so cool The characters are well developed and either terrifying or wonderful Sure their are others but all are unique The narration is excellent too I will certainly follow this series You can also read my review here Glass was a cool fantasy novel that followed the lives of two young girls who came from very different parts of the fantasy world created in the book Sera was a princess and lived on a floating manor in the sky and Cettie was practically homeless and living with the poor in the world down below The fantasy world created was quite fascinating Although there are many modern inventions such as zephers, which are like You can also read my review here Glass was a cool fantasy novel that followed the lives of two young girls who came from very different parts of the fantasy world created in the book Sera was a princess and lived on a floating manor in the sky and Cettie was practically homeless and living with the poor in the world down below The fantasy world created was quite fascinating Although there are many modern inventions such as zephers, which are like flying spaceships, the time period seemed to emulate the 1800 s with fancy dresses and balls, but also the poverty that you would expect in a Dicken s novel There were also magical Mysteries that people studied, which added to the fantasy element The characters were interesting I found them to be a bit younger than I typically read about I read a lot of young adult novels, but in this story the two main characters were only 12 years old I did find them interesting though Cettie and Sera were both inquisitive young girls that had a lot of integrity There were many injustices against the poor and rather than be a spoiled little girl, Sera, the princess, wanted to fight for the rights of the poor.The plot was okay It certainly wasn t predictable, at no point did I know where this book was going But I expected a better plot, but the book wasabout the world building then the events I think the plot could have beeninteresting and been done better It was slow moving and at times lost my interest I did not see how the two girls stories were related for the majority of the novel It was full of very good world building and if it were to become a series I would be interested to see where it goes As a stand alone it falls a little flat though The plot could have been done much better, but the world building was so fascinating that I continued reading This would not be at the top of my list for young adult fantasy, but I wouldn t count it out because the world building was so cool