Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

 Title: Magic Under Glass

Author: Jaclyn Dolamore

Pages: 240
 Age group: 12+

From: Library- Local 

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

 Blurb: 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.

My Opinion: Written like an author who has published many books (This was actually her debut novel!) Magic Under Glass was an amazingly creative, interesting story that really felt like magic. 

What I really liked was how this story was so modern yet.. not! Also, I'd never even heard of an automaton before reading this. To me, Magic Under Glass felt like a cross between Jane Eyre and The Magic Flutes (The Reluctant heiress).

While I enjoyed the ending I would have liked a little more! I love the character of Nimira though. She is determined to make live the way that she wants to and to sing and dance. I liked that she was strong character, not one who collapsed under love or pressure.


Also, I highly recommend reading this article that is about the cover (not the one I used) of this book. To see it click here 

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