Monday, August 2, 2010

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (5)

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.

I purchased this book because: I heard so much about this novel and how great it was ....

Opening Lines: The audience didn't understand a word we sang. They came to see our legs.

Well I have to say I really loved this book ..... And I just wanted more ...... Very sad that I have finished it and hoping that there will be a sequel to this .... PRETTY PLEASE .....

My copy as soooo many post it notes in it because I loved the way the author Jaclyn described the world around her ...... It just transported you into the story .... BRILLIANT ...

The main Character of Nimira is just a wonderful character .... And you cannot help be love her ... There is the mysterious Mr Parry who has hidden secrets of his own ( with a hint of Jane Eyre ... maybe that is why I love this novel sooo much ... lol )

There is the wicked Mr Smollings who you just love to hate ..... And the gorgeous Erris who is trapped in an enchanted spell .... Can Nimira save Erris and live happily ever after .... or is their love for each other doomed from the start ....

Some of my favourite quotes: "They passed me by without notice" pg 12

"We stepped into the elevator - I knew of them but had never ridden unside one. It reminded me of a gilded birdcage." pg 15

"You must, admit, its a testament to human tenacity that we can survive in any condition" Pg 50

"In Tiansher, at least beggars and princes alike had the same priceless view of the Shai Mountains." pg 50

"I felt a little sick, but pretending was a woman's lot." Pg 65

"Every person has a reason to walk the earth, Mother always said. Sometimes the path leads in strange directions." Pg 93

"I just wondered what was up here. I heard a strange noise. .... Likely it was the sound of your common sense dashing off." pg 101 love that ... :)

"Love isn't sure,' he said, .... 'It's frightening. But its full of possibility. And hope." pg 127

For this to be a debut novel I am really impressed ... I loved everything about this book ... And felt that I was really there with the characters ... This wee novel has everything you could ask for ... Historical Romance, mystery, fantasy and lots of action .... All wrapped up in a wonderful package .. my only fault with this novel was that it ended ....... The perfect stand alone book but you are itching to find out what happens with the characters in the end ....

I rate this book 5*****

Love the white cover which I have it is really pretty ... Abit of a problem with the book cover .... I have the UK version which I think it really nice ... But the USA cover has a picture of a white girl on the front .... Which is totally wrong as the main character is dark skinned ... So the USA after alot of backlash changed the cover .... Sad to see that they changed it only after the backlash ... Shows that there is some misconceptions and prejudice still there ...

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