666 Park Avenue
By Gabriella Pierce
320 Pages, $13.99, paperback
Avon, February 1, 2011
While living in France, beautiful young architect Jane Boyle is literally swept off her feet by "mister wonderful" Malcolm Doran, of the Duran's of New York's fashionable upper East Side. Life's going along pretty wonderfully for the orphaned Jane until things begin to feel a little odd. Jane discovers that she has the magic touch! Yes, Jane's a witch! And to stir the cauldron just a bit more, the society family she's about to marry into is full of witches! And of course, her nemesis in her about-to-be mother-in-law, Lynne. The biggest witch of them all. Really.
I knew from the "666" in the title that this book wasn't the usual "chick-lit" sort of story, but I wasn't sure if it was urban fantasy (which I love), witch-lit or what? Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the read. I liked the characters, even Jane's witch of a mother-in-law was well formed and evilly delicious, but for me there was something a bit off. I couldn't decide what genre first time author Gabriella Pierce was writing and frustrated me somewhat.
All this considered, I liked the book. Pierce's writing is tight and moves quickly. 666 Park Avenue is great to read by the pool or on a plane as you are taken into Jane's newly found world immediately. Just don't worry so much about trying to categorize it like I did, and just ignore some of the cliches. Just sit back and enjoy the fun read!
If I gave a star rating, I'd give this 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected by review.