Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Title: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault | Author: Candace Robinson | Pub. Date: 2017-5-16 | Pages: 242 | ISBN13: 9781544274652 | Genre: Fantasy Horror | Language: English | Triggers: none | Rating: 2 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited


Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness.

Book cover for Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Review

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is in the running for the worst book I’ve managed to finish this year. Honestly, it’s probably in first place. I’ve gotten pretty good at just giving up on them when it’s obvious they’re going to suck, hence the qualification of ‘managed to finish’.

The prologue made me roll my eyes.  It was only two pages, but it set the tone for “Thank you, Captain Obvious!” right away. So, obviously it didn’t get off to a great start. However, I’ve read books that managed to turn around and snag my interest, so I pushed on.  And then we get to the character’s best friend who wears an eyepatch ‘cause she thinks it’s cool.

Well, that’s the stupidest bloody thing I’ve read in a while.

Maisie supposedly lives with this fantastic family, and they’re fine with her wearing an eyepatch for no reason? Deliberately doing away with her depth perception and weakening the muscles in her eye on purpose? Because. It’s. Cool?

What…the…?

No. Just…no. It’s not cute to pretend to have a disability, even a minor one. It’s not ‘fun’.  It’s not something you ‘affect’ for fashion. You aren’t “showing support for those who only have one eye”.  Ugh. 

That’s complete and utter tripe and one of the most irritating things I’ve seen in a novel in a really, really long time.

Jesus.  I guess for the first time that I can recall, I’m going to use the words ‘mind blown’ in a review. Because my mind is blown that someone would even think “Heyyyy, let’s have someone affect a disability because it’s ‘cute’ “ and put it in a book.

None of the other characters are worth the paper they’re printed on, either.  It’s like the author went through a “young adult character” checklist just to make sure she had all the bases covered. You’ve got your angsty, hormonal teen from a broken home, your quirky/eccentric best friend, the ‘good guy’ love interest, and the –shocker here- person who isn’t what they appear to be. Yeeepppp, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is definitely daring to be original here, folks!

And, referencing my “Thank you, Captain Obvious” comment from earlier, this book seriously needs some help.  Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is filled the bursting with telling instead of showing and unnecessarily descriptive language like someone’s “middle finger and thumb colliding and making a snapping sound”. Okay, frou-frou language is all well and good for some people, but a finger snap is a finger snap! Some things don’t need dressed up!

The sad thing is that this could have been a good story! There were elements of it that I actually almost liked! Nothing new, mind you, but still stuff that had the possibility to be interesting nonetheless. But… Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is on the same level as Twilight or 50 Shades, folks. You know, where you’re sure a certain audience will talk about how awesome it is, while everyone else is…not?  Okay, that’s harsh. I can acknowledge that’s harsh, but it’s the truth. Sweet baby Cthulhu, it’s the truth.

So, it gets 1 star for sheer guts to write and publish it (more than I could do!), and another for the gorgeous cover (plus because I actually managed to finish it) but that’s pretty much as far as I can push it.

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