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666 Park Avenue: A Novel (666 Park Avenue Novels) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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About the Author
Gabriella Pierce is an American living in Paris with her two dogs.
From the Back Cover
What if your mother-in-law turned out to be evil. . . 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 newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, the book really isn't bad. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the two sequels that Gabriella Pierce has written: The Dark Glamour: A 666 Park Avenue Novel and The Lost Soul: A 666 Park Avenue Novel, the latter of which is being released in early January. As a lover of supernatural fiction I find it very difficult to find high-quality novels in this genre; there is a fine line between the ability to peak a reader's curiosity and causing outright skepticism. I think Gabriella Pierce does a decent job with this book and I can see why the general concept was picked up for TV - just don't expect the same story!
Before I get started with my review, I have to stress that this is more chick lit than urban fantasy. To be honest, this is really more of a new genre- not quite chick lit but not quite urban fantasy or supernatural/horror thriller. It doesn't even really fit into the paranormal romance genre either. As such, there's going to be a few who will probably be a little weirded out by this book. That's OK as long as they don't completely dismiss it because this book is a very easy & interesting read.
The premise of the book (boy meets girl then discovers wicked mother in law) isn't very new, nor is the addition of magic, yet Pierce does a pretty good job of mixing it all into something that's a little new. Jane's a little bit of an average girl in the heroine category, but she's got gumption. Despite being overwhelmed by everything, she refuses to play the victim but doesn't go the "spunky/happy/gritty" route that other heroines tend to be in magic related fiction. Readers will really love the description of magic in this world, but some might get frustrated that we only get to see a brief glimpse of it here.
Some might get a little discouraged that much of the action doesn't really happen until the later part of the book or that there's not a huge amount of chemistry between Jane & her fiancee. Stick with it guys- there's a reason for the chemistry & while Jane does take a while to really get rolling with her magic, it does help make it a little more realistic. (After all, the average person would probably take that long to get started, being so overwhelmed.Read more ›
Honestly, this was the best book I've read in a while. It kept me twisting and turning until the very last page! The writer really knows how to throw you for a loop! I just started the second book, can't wait to get into this one as well!!!
Warring witches and stolen magic, set in the heart of New York City, this book has a lot to offer. My only complaints are that not very much time was spent going into the history of the witch families and the ending was abrupt and very much a cliffhanger. Luckily there are two more books in the series to the loose ends to be tied up and the history to be explored in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enticing read. Very well written and I kept wanting more. The show sucks this is a great series to read.Published 3 months ago by Kristen Barry
This is the first book in the series. Jane is a young architect in Paris and is enjoying a whirlwind romance with the handsome and wealthy American, Malcolm Doran. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Good book and story line. If you are wanting a book like the tv show--don't get this one. This is totally different but very good. I had trouble stopping at night for sleep. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sue Devers
I really enjoyed this book and the twists and turns it took. Different than I expected, nothing like the show, but delightful.Published 4 months ago by DRainbolt
Was hoping it would have been a little longer and more like the tv series. Other than that it wasn't that bad.Published 4 months ago by sheri brookshire
The book is definitely better than the TV series! By Far! 666 is her first book and it rates 5 stars for me. I can't wait to read the next one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David D.
Don't buy this book expecting it to be ANYTHING like the TV show. This was about as far away from the source material as you can get. HUGE fan of the show. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Tracy
I was loving the tv series which ended abruptly and was hoping this book would tie up the loose ends. Not like the show so I was disappointed.Published 6 months ago by Donna Dodge
I enjoyed the book and wanted the story to go on after the birth of their baby.Published 8 months ago by F. Hayward