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Hey Epic Geeks,
Welcome to my review of “Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault“ by Candace Robinson. You’ve heard me mention this novel before since I did the cover reveal, but this time around, you actually get to know my full spoiler-free and spoiler opinion.
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is a urban fantasy horror novel. It has also been categorized as young adult, but a few spots can get gory and visual, so I personally would read at your own discretion age wise. If it’s for “young adult”, it’s not for your young teen. This is the first book of what I hope to be many more in the series, considering there was a well done cliffhanger at the end. She definitely left me wanting more.
Residents of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing almost daily. A mansion appears out of no where with a sign reading “Quinsey’s Wolfe’s Glass Vault”. This mysterious museum is not for the faint of heart. Some people see it and some people don’t. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and her ex both go missing and she’s the last person to see them. As a suspect, she and her friend August go on a mad man’s hunt to search for them at the Glass Vault. Could this museum that seemingly vanishes day to day have anything to do with the town’s disappearances?
I had a few ups and downs with this novel but overall, I absolutely loved it. I gave it a 5-star review on Goodreads but my review is more of a 4.8 star. I loved the character development, but the best part of this novel was definitely the world building and plot. Classic fairytales we all know and love are given gruesome twists. Horrors of our own history are relived. Only a couple points did I feel like we were at a stall, but then she’d pick it up with more horror aspect or even just a twist that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Being her first novel, I cannot wait to see how her writing develops and what is to come in this world she’s created! Keep it up Candace!
When I first saw “urban fantasy, Quinsey Wolfe”, I thought it would be a werewolf story in an urban fantasy set up. Let me tell you. I was wrong. I definitely judged the original post, so I apologize! However, I instantly signed up for the cover reveal and then Candace even reached out and asked me to review the book. I got so excited after that.
I love love love the concept of jumping display to display. That is definitely not for the feint of heart. It’s just so sad to think … how many of those characters in the portraits are actually from past encounters with Quinsey Wolfe? Did each display just start off with Quinsey killing people and making “art”?
First, can we talk about how amazing of a character Massie is? Just oh my god. I love her so much. She’s so quirky and fun. I loved that she was Snow White later. In the Lunar Chronicles, “Winter” aka Snow White is going insane. I listened to the Lunar Chronicles on audiobook so anytime that switch was flipped, I had Winter’s voice in my head. I cannot wait to see what happened later in the series. Also, the author did great job at showing her character/personality when Massie opened the drawer and everything was identical, she just walked away instead.
The part that I disliked was … there was not much foreshadowing. I had either guessed August was somehow a bad guy, maybe later one, or just the best friend who she’d friend zone. However, when I got to the point that she slept with him … it felt like I skipped a chapter. I feel like there needed to be an extra chapter in there before he made his big reveal. Obviously, Quinsey would have wanted her to make it to the end, but at the same time, I don’t know. The transition didn’t seem smooth in that part. I did really love his monologue of “You know me as …some know me as … but my real name is Vale”. He’s very chatty.
I do really love that Fannie was the red-haired girl though. Lovely add-in there. I wish there was a little more suggestiveness to it though, “you have good taste in men, keep this one around”, I don’t know. Hard for a prostitute to hang on to men.
Where as for the museum, it was really obvious that it’d be there for them, but not for the parents … and then also why the disappearances were happening.
I really love all of the twists to the displays and classics. I love that Nev was Frankenstein. Perrie tore him apart and Quinsey put him back together and gave him a new life … in a new world, as sadistic as that sounds. Then snow white and the seven dwarves … just wow. Honestly, I was expecting sexual abuse in there rather than them just cutting out her eye.
I would really like to think that someone that gets easily scared would be able to make it out of the museum without getting sucked into a display. Seriously. Just think. All of them got sucked in because they stopped in front of a painting. Now if someone was scared and didn’t like the disturbing images, they’d walk through as fast as possible. So, me being an art junky and a horror fanatic would get sucked into the first painting that grabbed my attention. HOWEVER, I want to say I’d kick some ass … or curl up into a ball in a panic attack.
Anyway, for a man that doesn’t know love, he can apparently fake it really well. I find that a bit unbelieving since, if you’ve ever been in love, you know that it’s more than a couple words. You can see it in their eyes. You can feel it in their touch. However, with the line “His heart is darker than midnight, and he likes it that way”, I feel like his lack of feeling love can be change just like the Grinch. It just has to be done slowly.
I’m really excited for the next book, whenever that will be. I have a feeling Perrie will snap out of this haze she’s in, just like she got Massie to do. I’m not sure what’s going to happen though. I’m so intrigued to find out!
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is officially released on May 16th, but due to a glitch in the system, you can get the paperback on Amazon now!
Have you read this great novel yet? What did you think? Get nerdy with me in the comments below and don’t forget to check out all of her social media!
In the mean time, keep calm and stay epic,