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Fierce Heroine Alert | Book Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow is a high-intensity read that will stay with you days later…

Book Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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Title & Author: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Dystopia

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: TorTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via publisher


“The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. ”

Buckle Your Seat Belts…

Let me cut right to the chase. Because I love a good list, here are some of the amazing things you can expect from The Glass Arrow:

  • Aya, the main character, is out of this WORLD fierce and fantastic
  • I haven’t read world-building this good in a looooong time
  • There’s non-stop action and tons of twists and surprises
  • This book will break your heart, glue it back together and then break it again

The Glass Arrow is a book you’ll be wanting to read if you’re a fan of girls who kick ass. Because Aya is NOT playing around.

She lives in the forest with a family of fellow women who choose to live alone than be sold like cattle to the highest bidder. Food is scarce and women are few, which is why in this dystopia, women are actioned off to men for pleasure or childbearing.

When Aya is finally caught, she is determined to get back to her family – to protect her sisters from a similar fate.

Aya is basically my hero. She refuses to be owned and is so very determined to see her family again. I LOVED her raw ferocity and strength.

Then, there’s the futuristic world that Simmons creates. It’s well-thought out, described interestingly and is kinda creepy in how realistic its presented.

What is amazing about The Glass Arrow is the message. The whole story is about belonging to yourself and refusing to be owned by anyone else in all the obvious and subtle ways.

Simmons also did a great job of adding in a romance that was both engaging and beautiful but not the focus of the story. It certainly plays a role, but other bigger issues are given the real attention.

My only wish was for a more in-depth wrap up at the end, but there’s enough to satisfy most readers, I think. I just like to make 100 percent sure my faves are taken care of, you know? I got so invested!!

Random comment: I love a good villain. Some bad guys are obvious or weak, but The Glass Arrow gives us people to truly hate, and I’m not gonna lie – it was fun!


I loved this book. It had everything I crave in a good, solid read – an world rich enough to sink your teeth into, a wickedly fierce heroine and so much adventure that your head will be spinning with the awesomeness of it all. The Glass Arrow is definitely a stand out fantasy/dystopia!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    This book seems epic! It just sounds like it’s right up my alley. Fierce heroines, great world building, …. I need to read it! 🙂

    Great review!

  • Thanks, Lisa, this goes into my want-to-read pile on GR right now! Sounds like something that shouldn’t be missed. Awesome review!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    And this just makes me 10x more excited about the fact that I preordered it – can’t wait to read about Aya!


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