A History Of Glitter And Blood by Hannah MoskowitzA History Of Glitter And Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

A History Of Glitter And Blood

byHannah Moskowitz

Hardcover | August 18, 2015

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Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herselfcaught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
Hannah Moskowitz's novels have received starred reviews, landed a spot on the ALA's Rainbow Book List, and received a Stonewall Honor. She currently lives in New York City.
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Title:A History Of Glitter And BloodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.18 × 6.6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Chronicle BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1452129428

ISBN - 13:9781452129426

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative Fantasy That is a MUST Read Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a really good book, but it is definitely a love it or hate it. I most definitely (and I guess luckily) loved it. The writing style was unique and interesting and unreliable narrators make everything so much more interesting. Especially with the "edits" and "add ins" and the dialogue at the end about things that did or didn't happen throughout the book. It makes you wonder just how much of the story happened the way it was written or what other twists there were along the way that the reader wasn't privy too. Beckan was super fun -- probably because she was written as Scrap sees her, but was still written so raw and real. He is obviously in love with her, but that doesn't change the reader's perspective on her because he writes her as he knows her and to him she is still raw and real. He sees Beckan as a hero but also as a broken girl who has suffered traumatic loss in her time. He understands that Beckan is so much more than just one thing and can capture her voice. And she makes such interesting choices and they are all hers. Scrap may be writing it all down, but Beckan is still free to choose. These choices may have been embellished after (and some of them may not have happened) but they would still have been Beckan's choice. Josha was a good character, but I would have liked to learn more about him and his relationship with Cricket. I feel as though we learned a lot about Cricket but not a lot about Josha and Cricket was "dead" for the entirety of the novel whereas Josha was alive and breathing. I do think that part of this was a bias on Scrap's part (since he was the narrator) but I did like the glimpses of his life and his relationships. I did like the race politics and the mythology. The world building was there but it was a bit all over the place. There was still some expansion of the typical mythology and I was interested in learning more about the creatures that aren't typically discussed. Especially the tightropers. I imagined them as like spider people but I'm not sure if that is a good description. I also imagined everyone to be like very tiny, just fyi. The descriptions made them feel very tiny so that is how I pictured them. The fairies were SO GOOD. I liked every decision that the author made about how to portray them ALTHOUGH DO BE WARNED ABOUT BAD BAD LANGUAGE. The plot was imaginative and kept me on the edge of my seat. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough book left for the plot, but there was and even some little extras. I do hope this remains a standalone and not a series. Or maybe have a companion that is written from Rig's perspective. I mean it was hinted at, and would give us a look at the gnome's perspectives during the entire book. (Plus then I would know what happens at the end and not be worried during the last 20% of the book) Overall: 4/5 because I loved how creative and imaginative it was!
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical, gruesome, unflinchingly honest A History of Glitter and Blood is at times magical and gruesome, a story of what war leaves behind, of what war makes us do in order to survive. A story of family and friendship, of the ways we bind ourselves together. Beckan, Josha, Scrap, Cricket. When the war starts, they're the only ones to stay in Ferrum. Why would they leave their home? But staying behind means surviving bombs. Staying behind means joining together. Staying behind means heading underground for work. It's not easy for any of them. In no way is anything any of them goes through easy. It's harsh, painful, distasteful. But it's what they do in order to survive. And when they're not working? They pretend as hard as they can, they laugh and love and look forward to the day when the war will be over. But when it ends, how it ends, is it what they expected would happen? The narrator is unreliable. The story is told in a mixture of fictional prose and journal accounts, of what the narrator knows and witnessed and what the narrator imagines happened when they weren't in the room. It's an intriguing way to tell the story. It gives it authenticity, makes it sound real. Makes every cut and bite and fever dream feel that much more real. Like this war actually happened. This book highlights all the parts of war, uncovers the secrets often left unspoken by survivors. What happens to those who stay, what decisions they are forces to make. What pieces of themselves they're forced to give up. If after reading this you're filled with all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, if you're all squicked out inside, then the book did its job. It's not a happy book, it's not meant to cheer you up. This book is all harsh reality and the day-in day-out of those living with war every single day, the stories you never hear about on the news. The stories you should hear about. This is fairy tale, but one without the usual magic. The fairies do have glitter, but it's to keep the gnomes from eating too much of their limbs and bodies. This is a messy book about war, politics, racism, family, and love. It's a slap in the face and a punch in the gut. This won't be for everyone, but if you find yourself interested, read it for the characters. Read it for Beckan, for Scrap, for Josha and Cricket. Read it to learn what their lives become, to learn who they become. Read it to learn what war does to them, does to us.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique and awesome book! I’ll admit that I was very skeptical of A History of Glitter and Blood. So many people who I admire did not enjoy it and I was worried the same would happen to me. However, I found that once I got used to the unusual writing style and started to recognize characters, I actually really enjoyed A History of Glitter and Blood. The narration style is very unique and is later revealed to have another element to it (that I don’t want to reveal because spoilers) and I loved how it ended. Ferrum is a unique city, where fairies are considered at the top of the food chain and gnomes are at the bottom. But when creatures who roam high in the sky (tightropers) invade, they send a message that they are there to liberate the fairies. Beckan and her friends are the only fairies left in the city and who are there to recount the tale. This isn’t a story, it’s history. (Okay it is a story, but that line makes me proud so I’m keeping it in). A History of Glitter and Blood has some odd storytelling but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is a constant and has a distinct voice in the novel which is awesome. There is also tons of swearing (woo) and there is definitely no holding back when it comes to the story. It took me a while to connect to the characters but by the first 100 pages, I loved every single one of them. The novel did take a while to get into, because of the writing style, but once I got the sense of the characters and the setting, I really enjoyed it. Around halfway, we find out so many details about the world and the twists were just amazing. Overall, A History of Glitter and Blood is a unique book unlike anything I’ve read. I recommend it for people looking to read a unique story, but be cautious of the writing and make sure you can adjust to it.
Date published: 2015-08-13

Editorial Reviews

A strange and satisfying mixture of Holly Black and Francesca Lia Block with its own version of a happy ending."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"This novel of friendship, love, and fighting for one's beliefs should find a place among fans of the modern fairy story." - Kirkus Reviews"Thick, sultry, lyrical language builds a strong sense of atmosphere. [in] this rich, off-kilter snarl of a story." - Booklist"The author's talent is evident as she ambitiously tackles complex themes of violence, sexual awakening, politics, and even infertility. A unique. reading experience." - School Library Journal"Reminiscent of Holly Black and Laini Taylor, this gritty fantasy/war story is also an exploration of love in many forms . and creating a family of choice."-The Horn Book Magazine"One of the bravest, most well-crafted voices that I've read in a long, long time." - Bookshelves of Doom, a Kirkus Reviews Blog"Gritty, intense, sensational, and moving." - Fresh Fiction"A very clever and inventive bit of storytelling. I've never seen such an extraordinary depiction of racism."-Clare Doornbos, bookseller, DIESEL, a bookstore"