The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.
Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.
Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.
But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?
Author: Alexis Hall
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Glitterland Aftermath, Sand and Ruin and Gold, Waiting for the Flood, For Real
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: August 26, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
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The first thing I have to tell you about Glitterland is that I am still shocked that I enjoyed it as much as I did. This tale is told in first person point of view from Ash’s perspective. Ash has issues, major issues. He is depressed, has anxiety problems, and has attempted suicide. He has since just given up on everything. Ash is also an ass of gigantic proportions. The prose was often dark, complex and emotional, but that matched Ash perfectly. Ash is all of those things and important to the literary world.
I was shocked to find myself laughing quite often while waiting for Ash to screw his chances with Darian up. Darian is the glitter pirate from Essex that was supposed to be a one night stand. This American girl thinks that Essex is like the Jersey Shore and London (Ash) is perhaps similar to Manhattan. Ash and Darian do not make any sense as a couple. Ash needs some happy glitter in his life even though he doesn’t realize it. Darian sees something in Ash that Ash has long since lost. Ash needs the flashy glitter to see what he has become blind to, life.
I LOVED this book. I think I loved Ash as much as I hated him. He is one of those characters that was written so perfectly well. Even though he is dark and angry and hurt and a little insane I constantly found myself wanting him to find and keep just a tiny piece of happiness. Darien offers the possibility for Ash to have it. The tale of Ash and Darien getting to their happy is amazing. I have no idea how a book so dark can be so bright, but I’m thinking it has something to do with the glitter.
Alexis Hall is definitely an author who I will be looking for more books from.