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Glass Witchling by Harlowe Frost Review

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Okay my bookish babes I’ve got another review for you so grab your favorite brew and settle in.

Glass Witchling by Harlowe Frost, AKA Hannah Willow. It’s a LGBTQIA+, urban fantasy, set in the 1980’s.

A quick overview for you, the story follows Casey, a young witch, as she enters college and somehow gets roped into a job that leads to her being turned into a vampire. After she realizes what’s happened to her she has to figure out how to live and what’s worse is her coven threatens to shun her now that she’s been turned. She has to prove that she is still a capable witch and figure out all the new rules that come with being a vampire all while continuing her college life.

So let’s start with the love interests. Yeah as in plural, our girl has zero problems in the bedroom department. There was no shortage of spice here. You’ve got the on again off again girl from her hometown ( HATE HER), the sexy mysterious bad boy Jude (We hate him but like he calls her Kitten😍), Candy a pushy sidekick that wants to three-way with Casey and Jude, the human servant Kailey( i guess that’s technically what she is), Riley a sexy as hell human woman who has dommy mommy vibes, oh and let’s not forget Rowan the master of the group of vampires that Casey finds out is her vampire family.

See what I mean girl’s got a whole-ass harem.

Anyway, plenty of spice to be had with this many partners. So if you love a good sex scene we’ve got you covered in this book.

That is also one of the problems though in my opinion. Some of the spicy scenes seem extra and a bit unnecessary to the overall plot of the book. It also gets a bit complicated when part of Casey’s new found vamp abilities have her change her biological bits, iykwim, at random. I was honestly on the fence about this whole changing sex at random with no control over it but I mean it didn’t come off as disrespectful and even while having the anatomy of a “male” Casey was still referred to as she by her friends (there is an instance where her grandfather calls her his grandson while in that form but it wasn’t malicious…I think). Personally as a reader I think this came off as an exploration of either transness or gender fluidity but I can’t comment much on that as a cis gendered woman.

The plot is actually very intriguing when we’re not being distracted by spice. Vampires and witches have recently come out to the world and they are working through an unstable environment as humans struggle to accept them. Meaning there is still plenty of fear and unjustified hate going on. Casey was already under pressure trying to hide her witch-ness at college amongst her human classmates but once she mysteriously wakes up in an alley a vampire with no memory of what happened it gets worse. Now her own coven isn’t sure if they trust her. She has to navigate this new life as a vampire, prove herself to her coven, unravel the mystery that her premonition is trying to lead her to, and help in a political scheme to bridge the three groups together.

Overall I gave the book 3.5 stars mostly due to the excess of non plot related spice. It’s definitely worth the read and I look forward to the sequel. I can't wait to find out what happens to Casey as she continues to unravel this brewing mystery.


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