Book Review – Glacial Eyes
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K Walker
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Waking up naked lying covered in leaves in the middle of the forest, Jamine (Jazz) Bedeau, struggles with foggy memories from the night before. How had she gotten here? Local law enforcement wonder the same thing as she quickly learns that the boy she was with is found dead supposedly slain by some type of large predator. But soon Jazz learns the awful truth – she had killed him – but not as herself. Something was a part of her she had not know of before and didn’t want to admit. Without any parents or family to turn to, Jazz is lost until she is contacted by others like her. Unfortunately, they are not all friendly, and Jazz finds her friends and herself in mortal danger.
In a young adult market full of vampire novels, J.K. Walker’s “Glacial Eyes” is a nice change of pace in the paranormal teenage category. Told in first person from Jazz’s perspective, I enjoyed her as a protagonist. She is thoughtful, humble, powerful, but emotionally damaged given her difficult past. While not nearly as dark as the Hunger Games, Jazz has traits reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen which is high praise in my book. Walker’s writing style is crisp and engaging and his characters pop off the page. If I have any compliant at all, it is Jazz’s main love interest – Logan. I liked his character, but I found his accent distracted me from the story instead of pulling me into it.
Overall, I found myself stealing moments throughout the day in order to finish another chapter and very much enjoyed this guilty pleasure read. “Glacial Eyes” is part of the “Salt Lake After Dark” series which follows the main characters through each of their respective first person narratives highlighting each of their powers. I look forward to the next book in the series!
Note 1: While I make it a rule not to comment on other people’s reviews, I will make an exception in this case as one reviewer has noted that this is a “kids book”. Likely not everyone has the same definition of what age a “kid” is, but for me it would include children under twelve and if others are considering Glacial Eyes for kids in this age range, I would caution that there are explicit scenes that could be inappropriate for this age group.
Note 2: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.