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Matchbox Girls Paperback – February 21, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Senyaza Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Marley is an engaging character with enjoyably strong female friendships, and as the otherworldly beings gather around her, the mood is intriguingly menacing." -Publishers Weekly

"Lovely worldbuilding and an unusual heroine surrounded by strong relationships and good intrigue kept me reading Matchbox Girls until well past my bedtime. Tzavelas has created a winning story universe and I'm impatient for the next book!" 
- CE Murphy, author of Urban Shaman and The Queen's Bastard

Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936460203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936460205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,568,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn't like. She now lives near Seattle with cats, dogs, adults and children. They graciously allow her a few hours to write everyday and one day she'll have time to do other things again, too. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens, but she also likes technology, games and space. This probably goes hand in hand with liking Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Iain Banks.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Kindle Edition
This is an atypical urban fantasy. As much as it's a story about sexy supernatural bad-asses wielding the weapons of Creation at each other, it's also a story about parents and children, and learning to take responsibility for others. If you like urban fantasy with actual substance to it, you should read this book.

There are no vampires. There are, however, angels and demons. The book also features one of the best smart-ass villain/anti-hero characters I've read.
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This book is urban fantasy. It involves the faerie, angels, demons, and others. The plot revolves around a woman, Marley, who gets panic attacks and tends to run from life, and has a hard time keeping a regular job. She's got a couple of really great friends, Branwyn and Penny, and she's started hanging out a bunch with Zachariah and his two orphaned nieces, who are four year old twins. When Zachariah disappears, the girls call Marley for help and that sets off the plot.

There's a lot going on here and you really have to pay attention, because things happen fast and there's a lot of worldbuilding going on. The reader has to put a lot of the puzzle pieces together on the fly, because nothing is super obvious. I like this. I have to admit that for me, this was a page turner. I kept having to shoo people away while I was reading because they annoyingly kept interrupting.

I like the characters quite a bit, though I have to admit Tarn and Branwyn were my favorites. But I think what kept me going most was just wanting to find out what was going on and why. The mystery was really well built and the descriptions were compelling and vibrant. I also liked the way she portrayed the kids. They seemed real to me and not just incidental. They were important. I also liked the way that the magic was portrayed in this book. I really enjoyed it.

I do admit that I still have questions. I'm hoping they get explained in the future. Plus I want more of these characters and more of this story. More! I really hope there's a second one coming. A lot.
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First, let me say that this is an AWESOME read! It stands out as a finely crafted urban fantasy that's very definitely not your typical fare.

A very well-told story that unfolds organically, this is one of those books that draws you in from the first frantic phone call and keeps you riveted until the very end. The story is smart and thoughtful. The world building and metaphysics behind it are amazingly solid...

The characters are captivating -- characters that are interesting, believable and, at the same time, totally compelling. It even has magical cats and dogs (who can resist those?) and a few angels, demons and other assorted celestial beings besides. It has two of the cutest little tykes you've ever seen for Very Important Characters. The fact that they happen to be stuck smack in the middle of a celestial war (as well as packing some serious magic of their own), just makes things really interesting.

The protagonist, Marley, is one of the most satisfying characters I've encountered in a long time. She's flawed but she's not predictable. She manages to rise to the challenges she encounters yet not in a way that is forced and fake. She is the real deal.

And what a discovery in author Chrysoula Tzavelas ! She writes with a lovely voice and there is a beautiful flow to both the narrative and the dialogue. I definitely want to read more from this author!

Luckily, then, it appears that there is more of this story to come.... While the story wrapped up nicely, there are just enough unanswered questions to warrant a sequel (or two).

And just in case anybody out there is listening: This would make a great movie!

All in all, a great start to a very promising new series!
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Who knew two little girls could change your whole life - especially when they aren't even yours!!

This book started off pretty slow for me, but by about page 30, I was really into it. Unfortunately, I think the author tried to go too in depth with some of the explanations of things - the site that was given to Marley for instance. I think there could have been a better way to describe what she was seeing, how she saw it, and how she did it. But as it was, I had to read and reread it several times to get a general idea, and even then I was left scratching my head in places.

The great part about this section though was that the action was really getting GOOD! AT is my favorite character, her spunky attitude and dogs are the perfect compliment to Marley, who is not outgoing, but a loyal and good person.

Enter the fairies...this is where I lost some interest in the book. I could see it coming with the hints that were thrown in from the start of the book, but I just don't feel like this part of the book delivered, and I think the magic kitty was a bit predictable as well. But it adds a cute element to the story, which is always a nice thing to have as well.

Overall, it was an entertaining read. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for something new to try, but it wouldn't be one I would put on my "Harry Potter shelf" (My all-time favorites...LOL).

I received this book for free on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
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