Book Review: The Dark Glamour by Gabriella Pierce

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Book Review:

The Dark Glamour by Gabriella Pierce

11.15.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

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Category: Young Adult (YA) Paranormal Fiction

Author: Gabriella Pierce

Format: Trade Paperback, 284 pages

Publisher: Canvas Books, imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd. in the U.K.

ISBN: 978-1-78033-782-1

Pub Date: October 18, 2012

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The Dark Glamour is the highly anticipated second installment of the young adult (YA) paranormal fiction novel, 666 Park Avenue, by Gabriella Pierce. And while it is the second book in the series, there are enough explanatory tie-backs to the first novel that the book is strong enough to read as a stand-alone work.

The main character, Jane Boyle, returns from escaping the wrath of her mother-in-law and witch heiress, Lynne Doran, into an even more complex plot.

While a few of the original, secondary characters return like Jane Boyle’s close friends: Dee, Maeve, Harris, and Elodie, readers will be pleasantly seduced by the latest addition and love interest to the story: André Dalcasçus, Romanian, wealthy, heart-throb with magical bloodlines.

And as much as second books tend to evolve in series, The Dark Glamour is darker indeed with more lust, more magic, more power, and a hunger for more than just wealth for the Doran Clan.

The historical aspect of the origins of magic and the ancestry of witches is explained along with savvier, magical spells that hone in on the use of blood, vision, and disguise, and is much more than your ordinary parlour trick.

While the story has taken a deeper delve into the darker arts of witchcraft, the thought process and dialogue between the main character and her secondary characters are ever familiar and reminiscent of the original narrative.

And the plot, too, intensifies with a tension that will urge you to turn the page—over and over again.

And though the beginning of the book had worked out too easily for Jane Boyle from her catapult from poor, running fugitive to wealthy, over-budgeted, luxurious home owner with nothing more than a key in her possession; the unravelling of the plot, the increase of magic, the sultry sex scenes, the witchcraft history, the revealed secrets, and the tense tone found in the novel’s mystery—well, it all makes it worthwhile.

What you get is a great continuation and revelation into the world of Jane Boyle and the 666 Park Avenue series with questions still left to be answered—and an inevitable yearning to read the next book.

If you’re a fan of young adult paranormal fiction, have a tendency to be spellbound by the dark arts of fictional witchcraft, then add Gabriella Pierce to your author-to-read-list if you haven’t already done so. And be sure to mark your calendar for January 2013, the expected release date for the next book in the series, The Lost Soul.

As a recent young adult paranormal fiction convert (and now, junkie), the New Year is certainly looking like it’ll be off to a good start! (At least I hope so, for Jane Boyle’s sake!)

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Canvas Books and E.B. of Constable & Robinson for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an unpaid and honest review.

You’re also welcome to read my review on the previous book, 666 Park Avenue, by Gabriella Pierce.

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Have you read the 666 Park Avenue series by Gabriella Pierce yet?

If you were a witch, what kind of powers would you like to possess?

Do you think witches are inherently born with a gift or do you believe anyone can become a witch?

What do you think is the cost of being a witch? Fictional or otherwise?

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