Book Review: 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce
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. (from Goodreads.com)
This book only came to my attention last week, when I spotted it at a train station on the way home from visiting family. I'd only gone in to look (you know how it is...there's a shop, it sells books...you can't NOT pop in) but I was drawn to the cover (and the word Witches which I zoned in on straight away...nothing's going to grab my attention like Witches at the minute) Alas I was pretty poor and had to leave it sitting prettily on the shelf, but once on the train I called up Amazon on my phone to add it to my wishlist and found it was currently only 99p on Kindle. Win!
666 Park Avenue is like an old fashioned bonkbuster mixed with the supernatural. You have the orphan girl wooed by a charming, rich and sexy guy. But he doesn't come alone, his family are old socialites of New York, filthy rich, influential and feuding with other wealthy family dynasties. And they're all witches. Seriously, I don't know if anyone's mixed the two before (I generally don't read adult paranormal romance...maybe I should) but what a PERFECT match. It makes for an addictive, guilty pleasure read and I enjoyed every word!
Lynne was by far my favourite character...she's EVIL! Gabriella Pierce may cliché the characters a little, but it works perfectly and she gives the reader exactly what you want from this type of book. It's fast, glamorous, and full of shocking revelations about the family. Because the two themes went so well together, I had no problem with accepting witchcraft in this story...it's done very well in my opinion. It's quite subtle in the detail but powerful in the execution!
It isn't the most life changing book you'll come across, but it's fun from beginning to end. It's also quite steamy at times, so one for the grown ups I think! This is the type of book you'll enjoy when you need some good old comfort reading...accompanied by wine and chocolate to make a perfect evening of indulgence. With a cliff-hanger ending, I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, released in September!
Published by Canvas UK July 2012
My copy was purchased by myself in e-book format.