Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Fidlar $5 Off Fire TV Stick Grocery Shop Popular Services TransparentGGWin TransparentGGWin TransparentGGWin  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Gear Up for Football Deal of the Day
Matchbox Girls (Senyaza Series Book 1) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Matchbox Girls Paperback – February 21, 2012

23 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, February 21, 2012
$28.45 $126.86

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,063,858 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 20, 2012
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Pharaoh Francis on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dranea79 on May 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chrysoula Tzavelas has a very accessible writing style, which makes this book just fly by as you read it. I loved the characters, they were so unique and well-developed that you felt instantly connected to them. I loved the story as it was just different enough to be unlike anything that I had previously read. The author gives you just enough clues throughout to make you think you know what's happening and then she sucks you in with the unknown. Great book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gwinn on November 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'd been on a run of reading recent urban fantasy when I picked this up, and I was a little concerned that it touched on a number of things I was getting tired of. Matchbox Girls is full of fairies and magic children and angels, and I was maybe getting a little sick of them.

What I had forgotten to keep in mind is that Chrysoula's smart and talented and just as bored by the cliches of contemporary fantasy as I am. And it took about 10 pages to get from concerned to "hey, this is pretty good", followed shortly by "wait, I genuinely like this". And I stayed there all the way to the end.

The kids feel like kids, not like miniature plot devices. The protagonist isn't "a conflicted magic wielding female who kills big bad" as another friend of mine disparaged other fantasy novel protagonists.

It's a great first novel. If there's a sequel, I'll read it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steph @ Beyond the Bookshelf on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
One phone call can change everything.

When Marley receives a phone call in the middle of the night from her friend Zach's neices, she knows something's very wrong. Zach loves the kids and would never leave them alone for so long, but his prolonged absence is starting to worry her. With nothing else to do but pick up the kids and take them back to her place, Marley takes up the position of temporary guardian until Zach can be found.

But what Marley didn't expect to find out was that there's something a little different about the girls - something supernatural. As things begin to spin out of control, Marley faces things she only thought existed in storybooks. Even while everything's falling apart, there's one thing she knows for certain: she must protect the girls, whatever the cost.

I definitely did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did! The writing was great and the author wastes no time introducing the reader to the conflict. If you're a fan of hardcore paranormal books with their own different supernatural worlds this is definitely the book for you.

Marley herself was an awesome character. When we first meet her she's a bit of a mess, but once she realizes the girls are relying on her she becomes the strong person she needs to be. I really liked that aspect of her growth in the novel alongside with the paranormal aspect.

This is a wonderful, engaging read from this debut author. Check it out if you've been in a bit of an urban fantasy slump or you're looking for something paranormal with a little more substance - you'll be glad you did.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews