Watching Glass Shatter Broke New Ground For Me

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So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on here, but I’ve been experiencing a bit of an “end of year” slump. After months and months of reading at a breakneck speed, I’ve hit a bump in the road. Because, and I don’t know if you’re like me, when I read an insane amount a lot of that starts to blur together. I get to the point where it’s harder for things to stand out to me.

Annnd why am I talking about this? Well, this book broke through that barrier of samey-sameiness and did what so many books are failing to do for me right now. It was different.

The premise itself- the death of a patriarch, a child switched at birth, and a wait to find out the truth- gripped me from the start. Yet that was far from the only thing to keep me invested. Not only was the writing style crisp, clean and intriguing, but I also found that it was the characters which had me wanting more. Each one had their own distinct story, personality and secrets… There were so many secrets woven into the plot that I was hooked from beginning to end.

Now I don’t normally go for family drama, so it speaks volumes how *crazily* invested I got in this family’s drama. So much so that I was teary-eyed by the end and sorry to put the book down! While I did have a niggling point of contention with the ending, which I won’t mention for fear of spoilers, this was a powerful story of loss, family and honesty. James Cudney, who you can follow on here, did a fantastic job with his debut.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

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69 thoughts on “Watching Glass Shatter Broke New Ground For Me

  1. Nel says:

    I read it. Caleb was my favorite. It’s still hit or miss if I like Olivia though cause I definitely was not her biggest fan at the beginning and throughout the secret revealing phase. Good debut novel for sure though by our friend! 🙂

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  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Glad to hear this helped you see the light! I’m the absolute same, I totally start mixing up stories and characters and even dreaming about certain books… It’s insane xD
    Sometimes we need to just chill and take a break because too much reading and blogging ends up making us a bit cuckoo hahaha Not that we’d have it any other way 😛
    Great review!

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  3. James J. Cudney IV says:

    WOW! Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am so appreciative not only that you read and enjoyed it, but you took a chance on me. Thank you so much!!!

    I try to put a lot of my emotions and thoughts into my writing, without sounding too over the top. Some of the stories in this one were definitely intense, and when you combine then together, it can be a lot. I’ve got the sequel planned out, but I’m still ironing out a few minor issues in Father Figure, the separate standalone second book, before I can write the Glass sequel.

    I’m glad I could help with the slump! I’m going to link your review on my author page! 🙂

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      You’re very welcome! It really was no problem- I really was happy to check it out and really enjoyed it!! 😀

      I think you did it brilliantly- I really appreciated your writing style in particular. I completely get that and relate 🙂 Awesome!

      hehe I was relieved for that too 😉 Thanks very much! 🙂

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      • James J. Cudney IV says:

        Thank you for the comment on my writing style. That always means the most to me. I enjoy building plots and characters, which come easily to me. But the actual writing style, the POV, the dialogue versus narrative or prose, the perspective…. sometimes I feel a bit dry or over-indulgent. I have worked hard to weed that out of Father Figure. The style is how I talk in my head… whether it’s right or wrong, lol!

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  4. Zezee says:

    Totally know what you mean. It happens sometimes when nothing really grips my attention. Usually it’s because I’ve started a bunch of books at once but don’t feel motivated to complete any. Good to see this one broke it for you.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Yes I completely understand that. I’m actually at that point right now lol! Hopefully one of them will edge ahead of the others and I won’t have that problem soon 😉 But yeah, this managed to break through to me in a way a lot of books weren’t when I read it.

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  5. Alyssa Marie says:

    I plan on reading Watching Glass Shatter this month, and I’m really excited for it. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the book, and your review only added to the fire! And I’m sorry to hear about your ‘slump.’ It can be very frustrating.

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  6. Bookstooge says:

    I think the author BRIBED you with bananas! *shines light in face* Admit it, you took dirty bananas, didn’t you, DIDN’T YOU?!?!

    I know what you mean about sameness. Even blogging about various things gets monotonous after a while. Glad you broke through with this book though

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  7. Noriko says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed that book!! Yes, I read that book more than twice, but it never fails to move me and got me all teary-eyed!!! I literally cried my eyes out in the last 10% of the book.
    Truly a stunning debut novel, I think!

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  8. MFlynn says:

    Whenever I see the premise of books like this I always think they sound interesting- and then I never actually read them. But this is one I’ll be keeping on the backburner for when I eventually decide to shake up the reading routine. Your review makes it sound like it’s worth the extra step, especially in terms of breaking up sameness, and your takes on books show you have good taste 🙂

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I completely get that. I think for this one, I wasn’t really sure if I’d read it because, like I said, it’s not my usual genre. But I was curious and I like Jay, so I tried a sample and was just totally hooked! Aww thank you so much!! That’s so nice of you to say!

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  9. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I’ve been experiencing a little bit of an ‘end of year’ slump at the moment. I think for me it’s just that I’ve completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge so I’m not as motivated now there’s no goal to work towards you know? 🙂
    Great review though, I’m really glad this was the book that managed to break through all the same-y same books out there for you. It does sound like a really interesting read so I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😀

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  10. LizScanlon says:

    The good reviews for this book are just blowing in left, right and centre! It’s absolutely wonderful to see and I have no doubt I will have to read this book, as well. With your seal of approval on top of other good reviews- how could one not want to read it? 🙂

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  11. Didi Oviatt - Author says:

    Loved this book! I’m still amazed that it’s his debut! Glad it broke fresh ground for you. I have the same blur together problem! I’ve been in the slump for a couple weeks now. I even had to quit reading for a week and go on a Netflix binge to blank out my mind for a bit lol

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