All the women in Iris and Malina's family have the unique magical ability or "gleam" to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line?but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - Wow, what an amazing story! I've been on such a fantasy kick lately and this has just added to the pile of the fantasy books I have just adored. It was written wonderfully and the story within was just so superb that, I couldn't put the book down until I finished and now I really need the next one. That's the thing about fantasy series, they know how to grab you from the first page and keep you waiting until the sequel which, I have no doubt is going to be just as good.
The world building was wonderful. It was a bit slow for me in some places but, I just enjoyed taking in each part of the book! The settings, the people, the plot just all of it.
In this book Iris and Malina's family gleaming beauty into magical works of art. Sounds wonderful, right? They have rules within the family. Never tell anyone about their secret AND never fall in love. Their family is full of secrets and when their mother is attacked to figure out what is happening they must delve into their family and their past to figure out the truth but, will they like what they find?
I feel everyone who has read this book will agree that the descriptive writing is just beautiful. Each page is written with such grace and wonderfulness that it just captured my attention and I was instantly transported into this beautifully descriptive world.
I am excited to see where she takes the next book and to read more of her beautiful writing. The plot kept me interested and I just can't wait to see what happens. I really enjoyed reading about Iris and Malina and how they grew together and apart and their relationship throughout this journey. It is great reading a fantasy story about siblings who have such a great relationship!
This book is full of romance, drama, sister love and so much more!