Review: Glisten: The Black Swan Files 002 by Tricia Cerrone

GLISTEN: The Black Swan Files 002 by Tricia Cerrone

(I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

The Award-Winning Series is back!

The Black Swan Files continue with GLISTEN.

She is known as Project Sunday to her former government captors—a human enhanced teen transformed by a black swan event. She was their most valuable asset—until she escaped. Now, only one thing is certain, Jocelyn has no intention of ever going back.

Graeme knew Jocelyn was special the first time he met her...then leaping from his Porsche to take down a drone pretty much sealed the deal. Months later, she's back and trouble is not far behind. But how did you help someone who wouldn't tell you the truth, was constantly on the move, and had a best friend that you wanted to punch in the face? As the stakes get higher and his own family is at risk, Graeme has to decide one thing...whose side is he on?

Finally in New York, Jocelyn is eager to reach her brother and sister, but nothing works out as she hoped. She has no way to prove who she is, there's a serial killer who wants her dead, her former handler is now controlled by her nemesis, and the mastermind of it all is toying with her. Amidst everything, she is trying to survive in the "real world", help her family in secret, and navigate her first shot at romance.

Thankfully, she has friends with skills. It will take all of them to stop the government's latest plot. But at what cost?


By the end of Glimmer, Jocelyn is no longer the naive girl she was before she unearthed the truth about herself. In Glisten we see a Jocelyn who would go to any length for the safety of her siblings who don't even know she's alive. We see her against the backdrop of New York and this gives readers so many humorous moments with her. Her character development is as interesting as ever and there were so many points in the story where I wanted to reach into the book and give her a congratulatory hug.

Graeme is one of the most sensible guys I've come across in books lately. He is kind and not afraid of a challenge. He doesn't hesitate to tell people off when they are wrong. And I personally love his attitude towards Seth and can't really blame him for wanting to punch him.

Seth is a bit annoying in Glisten but I couldn't help but love him! He has Jocelyn's best interests in mind and also plays an important role in the overall plot.

As usual, my favourite trio!! Georgie, Brittany and Lena! The fabulous Brittany Walsh was my personal favourite in Glisten and by the end of the book, I was extremely proud of her!

This book also introduces us to Jocelyn's siblings and many other new characters who certainly are quite interesting. Also, Benny is a precious cinnamon roll who must be protected at all costs!

Glisten is as exciting a Glimmer and has the added bonus of being set in New York and having more number of characters. At Holliwell, we had just a set of characters to carry out the plot but with Glisten, the whole plot broadens and I loved how the various happenings in the story connect so beautifully. Even the small things that happen in the story contribute to the overall plot. In this book, EVERYTHING happens for a reason.

Glisten felt so much more emotional than Glimmer. This book deals with friendships and the importance of family. Also this is the book where Jocelyn learns about love and truly experiences it. Seeing Jocelyn try to adjust to a normal life had me going through a plethora of emotions. Glisten delivers both action and emotion with a velocity that takes the breath away!

The writing was beautiful. I got to see New York through the eyes of Jocelyn. The descriptions are vivid and the pace of the story is quite even. Everything that the characters feel, we do too as the writing is immersive. I enjoyed the dialogues in this book..there is so much humor and sass!


-EVERYTHING. Period.


- Not a thing

Fast paced, exciting and emotional. Glisten is the perfect sequel to Glimmer and will have readers rooting for the brilliantly written characters. A must-read!


My rating: 5 of 5 




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