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Wednesday 20 January 2010

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Title: Magic Under Glass
Series: Magic Under Glass
Book #: 1
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Pages: 240
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Reading Level: Young-Adult
Spotlight: Themes

"Magic can surely be a funny thing."

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.


Magic Under Glass was a fantastic tale. It's full of lovable and also horrid characters. They aren't horrid in the way the are developed or portrayed just that they are the bad guys and oh goodness how I hated them xD

Nimira, a performer who ran away from home, is spotted by the wizard Hollins who takes her back to his home to be a singer to his automaton. But a lot of secrets roam in that house, from ghosts and spirits to a fairy prince trapped in a fate no human or fairy should ever face. Will Nimira succumb to her fears? Or will she face them head on and change her destiny, along with those of who she is close to, forever?

One thing the author is very good at is making you feel a certain way about the characters and the story. As you may well know the romance of the story is between a girl and a clockwork, and there are so many ways that could have gone awry but the author pulled it off with amazing ability. I loved the clockwork! His emotions were so powerful and real while he was in his non animated form. You could almost touch them.

Now moving to the girl. She was believable and strong. Though I didn't really connect with her as I do with other female protagonists she was a good character, they all were really, but the story for me didn't concentrate on the characters perse, it rather concentrated on the portrayal of emotion, feelings, love, sacrifice, and loss.

Favorite characters: Annalie, Linza, & The Clockwork.

Ugh I so don't wanna be a spoiler so I will talk around the edges. A thing that happens in the book I wish it didn't happen because I didn't really like how a character changed. Though its a very important thing and I knew it would happen I just think it took away the mystery, the allure, and some of the love I felt towards the book. Why? Because I didn't like what came of it.

Another thing is the book could have been longer. What's the thing with small books this days? Or maybe it's just the books I'm reading right now? xD

But maybe things will get better as the story progresses in the second installment. Yes, there is a sequel and I can honestly say I can't wait to read it.


  1. I've heard good things about this one.

    (You must just be reading short books... because it seems to me that long books are in vogue at the moment!)

  2. I remember a lot of books being over 400 pages. Now the norm seems to be about 300. I feel cheated when a book is less than 300, especially when I pay full price.

    I'd love a little more length to a lot of books, but then some might be full of filler. Of course sometimes I read about how an author was told by the publisher to cut 40,000 words and I think - "geez, they try to get 50K written during NaNo" - that's got to be tough. I wonder sometimes if the publishers are asking for shorter books, though I can't imagine why that would be good. Less time reading, more books bought?

  3. I can't wait to read the actual book :)
    And so happy that there's going to be a sequel

  4. I wasn't really interested in this book until I read your review. Now I think I might look into it. Thanks for the review!

  5. Great review babe, it sounds interesting! And thanks for not mentioning the cover, it's all about the story :)

  6. Great review! I can't wait to read this book. : )

  7. I agree with you! I can't wait for the second one... x)

  8. i'm going to read this book soon and i love your review!

  9. I've got this on my shelf and am looking forward to it. Great review. I think I'm going to enjoy it!

  10. Hmmm...I wasn't all that interested in this book until I read your review. It sounds like a decent read at least! I might have to at least put it on my TBR list, but I'm still working my way through a crapload of other books, so it might be pretty far down there. Thanks for the review! :)


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