01 February 2011

Review: 666 Park Avenue

The Book:

Can fairy tales really come true?  Architect Jane Boyle has felt like she has been in one the last month, after meeting the most handsome and wealthy Malcolm Doran.  With a diamond on her finger and love on her side, Jane leaves her home in Paris to move with Malcolm to New York and start her happily-ever-after.

However, in New York Jane's tale takes a darker turn as she meets her soon-to-be mother-in-law and the rest of the Doran family.  Being groomed for a position in one of Manhattan's famously infamous families may be like becoming a princess, but what will happen when Jane discovers that magic isn't just between the covers of books, but alive in her world and herself?

The Yarn:

Gabriella Pierce's debut novel takes a bit from fairy tales and present-day romance.  In fact, this book is hard to put a strict label on. I was never sure if I was reading chick-lit, urban fantasy or paranormal romance at times.  For those who tend to be purists in their reading, this may be a little difficult at the beginning while Jane jumps from being romanced by Malcolm in Paris to figuring out her magic in New York.  As Jane learns more about the family she is marrying into and locks wills with Malcolm's mother, Lynne, the action speeds up and Jane goes from being an overwhelmed girl to a woman confident in her self and her abilities.  I enjoyed Jane's utter acceptance of her magic in the modern world, which many times doesn't happen in other books.

With writing that is descriptive and a plot without too many holes, Pierce still leaves room for a sequel.  666 Park Avenue conjures a tale that both modern romance and fantasy readers will enjoy.

The Ink:

Title:  666 Park Avenue
Author:  Gabriella Pierce
Publisher:  William Morrow
Date:  February 2011
Read:  LibraryThing Early Reviewer