A Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass In Caverna lies are an art and everyone s an artistIn the underground city of Caverna the world s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare They create wines tha

In Caverna, lies are an art and everyone s an artistIn the underground city of Caverna the world s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare They create wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat The people of Caverna areIn Caverna, lies are an art and everyone s an artistIn the underground city of Caverna the world s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare They create wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat The people of Caverna are ordinary, but for one thing their faces are as blank as untouched snow Expressions must be learned Only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show or fake joy, despair or fear at a price.Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times For Neverfell s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine And that makes her very dangerous indeed

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  1. Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.

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  1. What if Alice grew up down the rabbit hole, and she needed a little white rabbit to lead her out That s a very basic, watered down one liner that sort of describes what this book is about You have to admit that it s catchy though However, to say that this book is derivative of anything, even a classic like Alice in Wonderland, would be selling it extremely short This is the kind of fantasy that I want to read completely original and imaginative to the point of near insanity It s the kind of fant [...]

  2. DISCLAIMER There is an actual risk that one of the patient s charts in my local ER will say by tomorrow, 28yo female presents with symptoms of NyQuil poisoning, incoherently rambling about underground cities and glass faces Poison control contacted Yes, this review is written in that febrile, NyQuil fueled fog of hazy clarity where the world becomes muted at its edges and yet everything comes into a strangely sharp focus, and brain mouth dissociation may reach dangerous levels.I wrote a final pa [...]

  3. Rating 4.5 StarsA Face Like Glass tells the tale of Caverna, an underground city, much like Alice s Wonderland In Caverna, babies are born with the inability to show their emotions on their face and, as such, are taught how to mold their faces into expressions by wearing masks If that wasn t strange enough, Caverna is a land of magic although it is never seen as magical for the wines can erase your memories, cheeses can help you see the future, and perfumes can command your thoughts Into this wo [...]

  4. A wonderful middle grade fantasy with an innocent protagonist let loose in a jaded stratified society like a ferret in a giant domino lineup.Neverfell has been brought up secluded from the rest of the underground magical city of Caverna She thinks the horror her craftmaster expresses when he sees her face is because she s ugly, but it s not Her face has what no other face in Caverna has unrehearsed expressions With a Face like glass everyone can immediately see what she s thinking, when all othe [...]

  5. DNF 34% Idk why I haven t officially dnfed this book yet haha I decided I wasn t going to finish a few months ago this book was just too weird and disturbing for me I have no interest in finishing it.

  6. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2017 07 22 Now I really wish I had read this book sooner, because in a word, it s amazing Sitting in that much needed place between Middle Grade and Young Adult, A Face Like Glass is a coming of age novel about a younger protagonist, but the challenges she must deal with are no less difficult or complex.Our protagonist Neverfell was just a child when she was found practically half drowned in a vat of curds by Master Grandible, Caverna s foremost [...]

  7. Original review posted on The Book SmugglersAna s Take Wowza, I don t even know where to start with this review There is so much that is so excellent about A Face Like Glass, I hope I won t miss anything of importance as there is so much to unpack.A Face Like Glass is just like Frances Hardinge s Fly By Night and Twilight Robbery sophisticated without being pretentious or boring, thought provoking and smart without being any less engaging, fast paced and just plain fun It features a strong read [...]

  8. CHILD,THIEF,MADMAN,SPY,which speaks the truthand which one lies That is the tagline on the other edition of this book And I don t believe one has ever been so appropriate and fitting before.Thus it also becomes the perfect prelude to one of the most expert account of a girl with a face like glass venturing out into the underground city of Caverna, wherein lies an art and everyone s an artist And Everything is really something else in disguise.Here babies are taught Faces, for unlike you and I, t [...]

  9. Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher, ABRAMS Kids, via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion WHEW Listen up guys, because this is one book that NEEDS to be noted and fawned over It draws you in You twist your mind into new shapes You start to understand Caverna and you fall in love with her Imagine the most beautiful woman in the world, but with tunnels as her long, tangled, snake like hair Her skin is dappled in traplantern gold and velvety black, like a tropical frog Her eyes [...]

  10. A FACE LIKE GLASS opens this way One dark season, Grandible became certain that there was something living in his domain within the cheese tunnels To judge by the scuffles, it was larger than a rat, and smaller than a horse On nights when hard rain beat the mountainside high above and filled Caverna s vast labyrinth of tunnels with the music of ticks and trickles and drips, the intruding creature sang to itself, perhaps thinking that nobody could hear.And I was hooked, despite being somewhat tur [...]

  11. 3.5Wonderful ideas, beautiful settings, interesting plot, good writing I think I would have loved this if I was the actual age group this is aimed at, as I don t think it transcends age quite as well as other books I ve read of the like However it s still a lovely read, and I wouldn t be surprised if a children s film comes out in the future based on even a few of the ideas here Pretty sure this will especially appeal to any lovers of Alice In Wonderland My only real problem was that Neverfell [...]

  12. This book was way weirder than I expected A Face Like Glass starts off in cheese tunnels I kid you not and it only gets and odd from there With sentences like the cheeses were Grandible s only friends and family, their scents and textures taking the place of conversation and The child was thriving on the perilous splendors of the cheese kingdom , I just couldn t take this book seriously Maybe it s just me but I couldn t get through one page without laughing at something that was said It felt l [...]

  13. 4.5Possibly the weirdest of a string of weird books I ve read recently, and also possibly the best executed weirdness I ve read in years Review as part of my trio of weird here.

  14. I d never heard of Frances Hardinge before, and I have no idea how I came across this on the Kindle store, but I m so very glad I did It s an enchantment of a book I think I said something similar, recently, about Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus, and I can see the similarities there the long games being played in both plots, the dazzling strangeness of the worldbuilding, the magic of it all But at the same time, they re very different stories it s just something about the flavour that s simi [...]

  15. First off, don t read too many reviews of this book There are far too many here that tell you far too much about the book C mon, folks, we re not in fifth grade, we don t have to prove we ve read the book by summarizing it Young adult or whatever You can only tell by the absence of sex and gore Certainly not from the characters or the complexity of the plot.I had a little trouble with the basic premise of the plot, re masks and Faces, but I am always willing to give an author One Huge Made It Up [...]

  16. 2.5 stars It wasn t the right book for me.I finished it but I was bored for the whole time, manly because I didn t care about any of the characters.The idea was great but the result wasn t anything interesting for me It just wasn t my cup of tea, sorry.

  17. I can t think straight But why am I trying to do that anyway Everybody else thinks straight That s why nobody expects me to think zigzag hop Well, I can t think straight too Sorry, but I m going to write this review in italian and hopefully it will make sense.A face like glass uno di quei libri che meriterebbero di pi di 900 voti su Ha una buona trama, un idea di base solida e un autrice che sa chiaramente scrivere, cosa non esattamente scontata Ma soprattutto A face like glass uno di quei libri [...]

  18. 5 Stars This fantasy story was written so wonderfully and I was captivated within a couple pages I was looking for a good fantasy book that wasn t part of a series and WOW did it exceed my expectations The heroine is a 13 year old girl and there is no love interest but if you are into fantasy and beautiful writing you should pick this one up, it was awesome This is the story of Neverfell and the city of Caverna Caverna is an underground city comprised of the most skilled craftsmen that create wi [...]

  19. It took me ages to actually get this read, and this after very eagerly waiting it I think the reason I set it aside so many times in the beginning is that it was clear that for Neverfell to start her adventure something bad, presumably caused by her na vet , would have to happen Loving of a kind protective parental figures are plot hindrance in YA fiction.But once I got going, oh this is so much fun Fantastic worldbuilding and characters, a very nicely worked plot with twists and tricks Maybe no [...]

  20. 4.5 stars This is the third book I ve read by Hardinge and she has again captivated me with her vividly descriptive writing The rating also reflects the highly imaginative world that has been created in this book a city fully constructed from underground caves, live trap lanterns which serve as both lighting and breathable air, the multitude of delicacies that one could only dream of tasting and, of course, the social hierarchy and behind the scenes betrayals which serve to feed the action of th [...]

  21. This book was just RIDICULOUSLY good It s a stark dystopia, an exploration of how facial expression can determine our interactions, how we perceive each other It s an exploration of extreme and weird states of mind, from a tyrant who only lets half his brain sleep at any given time to the cartographers of a cavern city who have to be a little crazy a lot crazy, actually to be able to map tunnels that twist, turn, tangle and even spool into contradictory Escher dimensional twirls and of course th [...]

  22. This bookwow Blown away by how detailed this book is It s definitely not something everyone would enjoy I would say it s rather slow for most of the story but oh dang when there s action scenes it s amazing This is basically Alice in Wonderland smashed into a dystopian world Freaking unbelievably wondrous 4.5 5 stars

  23. DNF at 12% This one sounded so interesting Unfortunately as soon as I began reading it I knew it wasn t for me I decided to stop reading, I wasn t enjoying myself already, and I don t think the book could have gotten any better to change my mind I wasn t a huge fan of the main character, or the storyline The whole thing about learning Faces and living underground, it sounded cool from the synopsis, but as soon as I started reading about it, I found it kind of strange and boring.While this one wa [...]

  24. I always love Frances Hardinge s books, but sometimes she looses me a little in all the twists and turns of the plot not this book In this novel she lights the way so clearly Every time you re wondering, every time you re fishing about in your memory for what puzzle piece from an earlier chapter you need, she puts it directly in your hand I loved the main character I loved the premise I loved Cavernia and all the wordplay I loved the True Delicacies I loved the bright glowing heart of this book [...]

  25. Originally posted here.I remember being fascinated by The Lost Conspiracy a few years ago and I ve been meaning to read of Frances Hardinge s novels since then But you know how it goes, you get distracted by other books in the TBR pile and you forget your intentions to read books by a certain author Fortunately, I was attracted by the pretty cover of A Face Like Glass when I saw it in one of the bookstores here I ve been hearing good things about this book so I was pretty excited to read it.At [...]

  26. There is an exquisite agony in expectation.A few years ago I read Gwyneth Jones Bold as Love sequence I owned all of the books but I read them over almost a year because it was kind of almost fun to wait, even though I had no need and because I didn t want the ride to be over.Last year I did the same with Naomi Novik s Temeraire series which still isn t finished because I haven t got around to finding the last two , and Sarah Monette s Mirador I had Frances Hardinge s A Face Like Glass sitting o [...]

  27. 4.5 stars There is a recommendation from Patrick Ness on the front of my copy telling everyone to read Frances Hardinge right now You all need to heed Mr Ness s sage advice, especially if you are a YA fan, but even if you re not I have read two of Hardinge s books now and the worlds she creates and explores are simply divine.A Face Like Glass is the story of Neverfell, a young girl who is a resident of Caverna, a vast underground city where master craftsmen combine magic and alchemy to create fa [...]

  28. I ve always wished I had a better imagination I was the kid that had to color in between the lines perfectly or else I d throw away the picture The colors I used had to correspond to the real life chroma of the object I was coloring For instance, if I was working on a picture of a rabbit and flowers, the rabbit had to be brown or black with pink or yellow flowers No neon green rabbit with orange spots and multicolored flowers IT HAD TO BE LIKE REAL LIFE, DANG IT With that said, if I could someho [...]

  29. Frances Hardinge is insanely creative and has a unique and beautiful style, and both are fully on display here In this underground world city Caverna, craftsman can create wines that make you lose an unwanted memory, perfumes that cloud the senses, cheeses that bite back, and the upper classes are engaged in a deadly game of wits in which houses rise and fall at the whim of the Grand Steward No one in Caverna is capable of making facial expressions and must learn each one by rote, expressions de [...]

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