RJ Does Books! – 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

666 Park Avenue

Author: Gabriella Pierce
 Publisher: William Morrow & Company
 Series: 666 Park Avenue, #1
 Genre: Adult-Fiction | Urban Fantasy/Supernatural
 Format: Paperback ; 320 pages
 Release Date: February 1st, 2011 
 Links: Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository
 Source: Personal Library | Bought
Synopsis:

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 new found magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.

Charmed meets Monster-in-Law in this debut novel from author, Gabriella Pierce.

666 Park Avenue was a novel that took me by surprise. At a first run of the synopsis, I some how missed the last bit where it mentioned that character Jane, was a magical witch as well. I was a bit surprised to discover that after the few dozen pages when she comes into understanding why electronics and her have never gotten along. I was not particularly fond of the way she discovered her “abilities” that up until then had been pretty much dormant. It seemed a little less fresh to have someone find out about their abilities later in life by the death of another. Aside from having my reservations, I still enjoyed how it was later needed for the storyline.

This novel is more of a mystery, than it is a thriller or supernatural/magic read. It has the elements of a delicious romance novel, the easy-flowing text of a light read, but a very ominous presence of an actual supernatural theme that I was looking for based on what was offered in the beautiful cover and synopsis. I think I would have preferred Jane and Malcolm to have been married earlier on in the book and discover these things after, that way there would have been a lot more space for the action and wondrous possibilities that were hidden behind the wedding details and only ever given the chance to see the sun toward the very end. I still enjoyed this read, especially the romance, and will—in time—read the sequel. The idea and story were both imaginative and exciting and it was a great debut for the author whose talent is very apparent. I have already purchased the sequel, “The Dark Glamour” and will continue on with Jane’s story at another time.

I am interested to see how the TV show will turn out. Judging from the trailer below, I can see that it was taken in a whole new direction.

3.5/5 Stars

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RJ Gonzales is a born and raised Texan that unfortunately didn’t get the cool accent or sweet hat/boots. Aside from attending a local university to study Film and TV Production, he can be found nose-deep in a pile of YA books, or behind a screen writing some. He has a habit of picking up skills when bored; one of them being writing his biography in third person.
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