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August 14, 2010

Review: Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore

Title: Magic Under Glass
Series: Magic Under #1
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Release Date: February 1st 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 225
ISBN: 1408802120 (isbn13: 9781408802120)
Age: Young Adult
Synopsis from
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.
An unique fantasy story about a dancer/singer and an automaton....

This book had been on my wishlist for a very long time, so I was very excited to finally read it. I just love the cover.

I really liked the world the author created. Magic, fairies and humans is always a good combination, but she also adds an "historical" element that I think made the perfect setting for this story.

But the characters felt hollow for me. I wanted a little more personality or feelings. Nimira was ok, but Erris, Parry and the others weren't so interesting. I wasn't even sure it was going to be a love story, but at the end it was. It have been a while since I didn't read something so innocent and sweet, but at the same time I don't think Nimira should have been so naive, because of the life she had to live.

The writing was good. Not very slow but also it wasn't fast paced. I felt relaxed while reading Nimira's thoughts, but as I said before, I wanted more of the other characters and more romance. The plot was really interesting and for me the ending felt kind of rushed, because it was so complicated at first and then it was extremely easy to resolve.

In favor, it was very interesting and different, in a good way. It's a short and enjoyable reading, and I hope to find more about this world and their love story in the sequel, Magic Under Stone.


More about this book at | Goodreads


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