Review: 666 Park Avenue, by Gabriella Pierce

imageThe Story:

What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can’t believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.

But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan’s most feared and revered families, Jane’s fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.

My Thoughts:

So you thought your mother-in-law was bad? Just wait until you meet Jane Boyle’s mother-in-law-to-be!

I enjoyed 666 Park Avenue, perhaps more so through the last half of the book than the beginning. When I finished the book, though, I knew one thing: the sequel, The Dark Glamour, which will be released in the fall, will definitely be on my wishlist.

I love urban fantasy, but have never really taken to much of the vampire-driven subgenre that’s been so prevalent since Twilight.

I liked 666 Park Avenue for a few reasons: I found its perkiness and chick lit overtones refreshing; Jane really grew as a character, and I always like when that happens in a novel; and the whole witch in Manhattan high society thing was quite interesting.

A word of warning, though: the first few chapters do read like a chick lit novel. If you’re not fond of chick lit, don’t let that put you off. Persevere, and soon you’ll be in the meat of the magical parts.

There probably could have been a lot more magic in the book; Jane, for example, is quite disinterested in learning more about her magic powers. I, for one, would be far more likely to react like Dee, another character in the book. But on the whole, the “I don’t want to do magic” thing that Jane has going works quite well with Jane’s character; after all, she’s a fashionably stylish architect who grew up in France. She’s far more interested in the latest creations being shown off on fashion runways than she is in spells and potions and the like.

This is what happened for me: I hit the middle of the book, and it all really came together. There’s a ton of excitement, the secondary characters start coming into their own, and it’s fun to watch Jane step into her potential.

Altogether, 666 Park Avenue was a quick, fun read – a definite page turner near the end.

Note: Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for my review copy, and my iPad and the Bluefire Reader app for making the ebook experience such a good one!

7 thoughts on “Review: 666 Park Avenue, by Gabriella Pierce

  1. Beth F

    Oh thanks for the warning about the chick lit beginning. I’m not a fan of that genre but I do like urban fantasy. I might have passed this one by or stopped reading it if I hadn’t read your review.

  2. Meg

    I’d seen this one around quite a few times but never paid much attention until your review! Now you have my attention — especially with an urban fantasy coupled with chick lit. Adding it to my wishlist!


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