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Matchbox Girls Paperback – February 21, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Senyaza Series, Series

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"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
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,990,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'm not sure how I managed to *not* write a review for this book, but apparently I hadn't. Odd.

Matchbox Girls, as the first book in the Senyaza series, sets the stage for a world where Faerie and our Reality are about to collide. The author manages to do this in a way that is believable. Her characters don't accept things at face value, they question things, they make mistakes. They are reluctant to take on the roles they have to, but they do what's necessary. This story includes toddlers, young women who are trying to find their place in the world, a conspiratorial secret group, demons, angels, and more. And as you find in the "real" world, the characters don't always do what you'd expect them to do. So forget about stereotypes.

I highly recommend this book, and the rest of the series. If you enjoy the likes of Charles deLint, you will enjoy this. Also similar to Emma Bull's "War for the Oaks". Which is not entirely surprising, but definitely a good thing.
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A great start to a great series! As others have noted, this is urban fantasy that covers more than swords, angels, demons, and explosions (don't worry, it does have those!). A core theme is a young woman struggling to find her place in a new, scary world.

The only hitch is things do start off a little slow; there's a lot of backstory to build up. Her other two published books in the series (the next being http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Key-Senyaza-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00GM36D5A) don't have that problem, though. Don't let it scare you off.

So, even though Marley and the twin's journey takes a little bit to get into, when things get going, it all falls into place. Chrysoula Tzavelas's world building and her ability to weave genuine, real characters who have complex and evolving relationships is some of the best I've ever read and I cannot recommend picking this up enough. Or any of her other books.

If the slow start really worries you, you could _probably_ get away with starting with book 2, just expect to be a wee bit confused. I don't recommend it though.
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