Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mini Reviews: Magic Under Glass & Everlasting

Why is it tiny things are always so darn cute?!
 These reviews might not be as cute as the miniature dog, but they are mini! 

Mini Reviews are short reviews of books I have read for my own enjoyment and wanted to share with you. I will describe in a couple of sentences (often fragmented) my thoughts on the book.  I may or may not ever post full reviews of any of these books.  So in the mean time, Enjoy!

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
"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."

Cute book, fast read and sweet... but nothing that really popped out at me.  Wished it had kept going and been a longer book instead of cutting it short and leaving it open for the next novel.  I am perfectly happy to read one long book, not three installments of one book please. Overall a good original story and an enjoyable read, so it is an [8- Really good!] for me.


Everlasting by Angie Frazier
"Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure."

Loved the concept and the historical elements. Sailing the ocean blue! The main character = SELFISH girl who’s emotions annoyingly flip flop around.  Luckily Oscar was there, a hunky sailor who puts up with her despite all... Will there be a happily ever after for anyone? Not so sure... Magical elements and some heart wrenching moments make this a [6- Good read with small flaws].

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2 comments:

mbreakfield said...

Great reviews! I have Everlasting in my TBR pile. I really need to read it.

Small Review said...

I like these mini-reviews. I had similar thoughts about Magic Under Glass. The ending felt rushed and I wish more time had been spent on it.

That tiny puppy is so cute!

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