666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 294 pages
Publisher: Canvas, imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd.
Pub Date: July 19, 2012
666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce is about a young woman and aspiring architect named Jane Boyle who is seduced into marrying Malcolm Doran and into one of the most financially and socially powerful families in New York: the Doran Clan.
Besides being one of the most feared and revered families in Manhattan, Jane Boyle soon discovers her soon-to-be-mother-in-law is a witch—and that both her life and her newfound magical powers are at risk.
Though the title, 666 Park Avenue, seems to be a somewhat superficial title, this young adult paranormal fiction is nothing to scoff at. Aside from a few introductory clichés, the narrative will compel you to turn the page and continue to do so throughout in anticipation of what might happen next. I literally did not want to put the book down and in doing so, allowed me to finish it in only two sittings.
The characters are as archetypal as they are entertaining, from Lynne Doran’s matriarchal power and poise to her ability at extreme self-control, deception, and manipulation. She is as cold as she is vindictive and at the core, a dark and evil source of power.
Malcolm Doran exudes an expected sensuality, and an almost overbearing libido, and in the early parts of the book’s plot can play a confusing and elusive role.
Maeve Montague, a beautiful co-worker at the MoMA evolves into an important, potential confidant and friend.
Her brother, Harris Montague, too, becomes an unexpected ally, a handsome man with a long history with the Doran Clan.
And Jane Boyle is depicted as an attractive woman whose internal dialogue both holds a real tension in worry and anxiety that answers the plot, as well as a surprising sense of humour that will encourage the reader to not only like her, but empathize with her and her bewitching predicament.
The plot itself is driven to a few welcome surprises that continues to compel the reader to bite his or her lips in anticipation as well as cheer Jane Boyle on in her personal fight against evil and for her own survival.
The most intriguing parts of the book are the source of magical history, spells, and power. How grounded they are in truth is difficult to decipher, but just as entertaining to read.
Though the book ends with a mild cliffhanger, it only further induced my excitement to read, The Dark Glamour, the second book in the three-book series, which is expected to come off press by Canvas Publications in October.
Until then, I must bide my time in hopes that Jane Boyle not only harnesses her power and her confidence, but that the month of October comes sooner than expected.
A special thank you to Canvas Publications, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd. for providing me with a media copy in exchange for an unpaid and honest review.
If you had inherent powers as a witch, what kind of powers would you like to have?
What do you find most fascinating about witchcraft and the dark arts?
What do you find most frightening about it?