Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Review MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore



MAGIC UNDER GLASS

by Jaclyn Dolamore

published:
December 22nd 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (first published February 1st 2009)
Hardcover, 240 pages

Placement in Pile:

Reaching New Heights

Summary:

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

Review:

An interesting read, and I definitely want to know what happens next. However, I had a hard time liking the right character for a while (the automaton was just kinda creepy for me at first), but by the end, I was totally rooting for him. I feel really bad for Hollin, and hope that a happy ending is in store for all of them. The writing was very beautiful, and the characters were intriguing and believable. It was on the shorter side, I would have been fine with another 50-100 pages. I guess I'll have to wait for the next one...

A fun, easy and unique read.

This was an ARC Aubrey received to review, we did not receive monetary compensation.

4 comments:

Bookalicious said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one myself, I'm really intrigued by it!

Ratliffs said...

Sounds very interesting!

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

I started it the other day and so far it is a very interesting book! Thanks for the review!

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

By the way, I just LOVE this cover!