Thursday, September 24, 2015

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

A History of Glitter and Blood
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

A History of Glitter and Blood wasn’t the book I was expecting it to be. I don’t think you can prepare yourself for a book like this. It began by throwing the reader directly in the middle of an unexplained war and then proceeded to describe events in flashbacks with history book style descriptions intermixed.

I almost gave up on this book during the first 10%. To say it was disjointed would be an understatement. Nothing made sense. It also didn’t help that the gritty plot left a bad taste in my mouth. This book has prostitution, death, and maiming. If that isn’t something you want to read about this isn’t the book for you.

The story revolved around Beckan, Scrap, and Josha who are the last faeries left in the city after a Gnome/Tightroper war led the rest of their kind to flee. Beckan and Scrap work as prostitutes to put food on the table.

I think that people will either adore this book or hate it. I fell in to the category of people this book doesn’t appeal to. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated it, but I didn’t enjoy it either. I couldn’t stand the disjointed storyline, the extremely unreliable narrator, or the subject matter. I can’t even say that I really liked the characters. I was interested enough to keep reading but only because I knew the book was short. If it had been any longer I would have DNF-ed this early on and never looked back.

Overall, I gave A History of Glitter and Blood a fair chance, but it wasn’t for me. I usually love unreliable narrators and gritty plot lines but this came off as too much of both and left the story off-kilter. If you want to give this a try, go ahead, but I would leave your expectations at the door.


  1. It definitely is an odd book. I struggled with it in the beginning, but I got used to it.

  2. It's nice that I found this blog.