About Love Under Glasse
This runaway might want to get caught.
El Glasse’s mother controls her life. What she does, who she dates, even what she’s allowed to say. El only has two ways of holding onto her freedom. One is her popular anonymous blog, hidden from Mama Glasse. The other is what she so often blogs about: her feelings for Riley, the girl who works at the ice cream parlor. Riley is fierce, free, and rides a killer motorcycle, and El cannot help but love her. But Mama Glasse can never find out about her sexuality—unless El is willing to rebel.
When El runs away, Riley feels responsible. She knows what it’s like to be alone, and she can’t deny her deep desire to learn El’s story. In a move she might end up regretting, she makes a devil’s bargain with Mama Glasse to hunt El down.
Riley isn’t trying to bring her home though, because she knows an evil spell when she sees one—a spell of fear and shame El is finally starting to break. This huntress might lose her own heart, but it’s a risk she’s willing to take.
Really, I’d love to keep this “series” of fairytale reimaginings going for a while, but currently only have one more title in the offing. I call it Fierce, which is a bit of a play on words that becomes clear when you realize it’s essentially Beauty and the Beast in a modern context.
Like the other two books, I want it to have a feel in keeping with the type of story it is. For me Cinderella was always a sappy love story, and so Cinderella Boy was one part rom-com, one part John Hughes movie, keeping that eighties satyrical edge to it. Love Under Glasse had to have adventure, because Snow White is really just a story of a girl rebelling and setting out into the world…to…keep house for seven tiny men who don’t fulfill her needs…look, it’s just inspiration, okay? So for me the most important feeling for a Beauty and the Beast retelling has got to be the spooky setting and the sense of a curse, of being haunted, of the unseen hands doing work unbidden.
You might be asking how one accomplishes that feeling in a totally realistic, non-magical world, and to be honest, I have no idea and I’ll let you know when I’ve written it, but…I have some very good notes.
Let’s just say, it involves a charitable hospital for juvenile corrective surgery, run out of a palatial residence somewhere in the misty green hills of the East Coast. It involves a popular but petty boy’s attempt to clear his name, while he combats the ghosts of the estate. It involves a disfigured but exceptional person with a wish, whose time is about to run out.
I could be more cryptic, but that’s disingenuous, because like I said, I haven’t written it yet, and all of this is just my way of dressing up the fact that I’m behind schedule.
So…Beauty and the Beast is next from me, but I could honestly see many books like these reworking all the classic tales, and possibly even a few of the more obscure ones. I promise to give Hans Christian Anderson a big miss, because that guy appears to have been very depressed for most of his life and the fairytales read like it, and if you doubt me you can go read The Little Match Girl, or don’t. Don’t read it…Seriously.
5* Wow, wow, wow! I totally did not expect so much from this amazing YA read. A great intro to this author.
This is a book that needs to be made into a made-for-TV film. It’s brilliant in how awful Mama Glasse is, and how courageous and decent Elyrra is, and how bad-butt Riley is.
Occasionally you get a book that’s even better than its blurb, and yep, this is one of those rare beasts. I can’t go into detail or it’d Spoiler the tale, but the things poor El had to do to be able to get away from her mum, who was like the most awful, most stereotyped of evil mothers, but who somehow was made totally believable in what she’d do. I’m pretty sure Mama Glasse was the mother in Kindergarten Cop, just remade a little to make her match this storyline.
The awakening poor El got on her journey to being herself was harsh and I totally hadn’t expected the author to take her there, or take me, the reader, there. I couldn’t have imagined the things the poor girl went through, and that it only made El stronger was brilliant. I’m pretty sure she’d have talked herself out of where she ended up, had her mother and Riley not come to an… agreement, and I am so glad that she didn’t end up scarred and broken. But, I really wish that the evil mother and the various people she recruited had all gotten their comeuppance in the end. I’m pretty sure mummy and daddy dearest will, but that git Jay needs to be shamed like Riley threatened to. Then again, with the ending of the tale, I’m pretty sure he’ll be seeing his name in print. Pity that a certain picture can’t be included or it’d be considered obscene!
It is a FF YA novel, and I don’t tend to read FF, but the blurb made me ask for the book, and I’ve now discovered an author whose books I’ll be tracking down.
ARC courtesy of Riptide Publishing and NetGalley, for my reading pleasure.
About Kristina Meister
Kristina Meister is an author of fiction that blurs genre. There’s usually some myth, some mayhem, and some monsters. While Kristina’s unique voice and creative swearing give life to dialogue, her obsession with folklore and pop culture make for humor and complexity.
She and her mad-scientist husband live in California with their poodles Khan and Lana, and their daughter Kira Stormageddon, where they hoard Nerf toys, books, and swords—in case of zombie apocalypse.
2018 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner – LGBT
Connect with Kristina:
- Website: kristinameister.com
- Twitter: @kristinameister
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To celebrate this release, Kristina is giving away a custom ordered biker-style patch that represents El and Riley, as well as a signed copy of her award-winning novel Cinderella Boy! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 31, 2019. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!