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666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

12th March 2012

*I received this book from the publisher Canvas in exchange for an honest review.

Jane Boyle is in a bit of a whirlwind. Her wealthy New York boyfriend Malcolm Doran has proposed, and Jane decides to leave her architecture job in Paris to take up her place as his wife in Manhattan. But before they make the trip overseas, they go to visit Jane’s grandmother, and Jane finds out she is a witch and that there are those out there who want her power. Trying to digest this information as well as meet Malcolm’s daunting family is unnerving. Add planning a wedding with her future mother-in-law to the mix, and Jane is overwhelmed. Mrs. Doran is…controlling and obsessive, but is she also evil?

666 Park Avenue begins with Jane trying on couture dresses to meet Malcolm for a fancy dinner. Midway through dinner, he proposes, and she says:

The room spun fast….Marrying Malcolm would mean leaving France behind: her job at Atelier Antoine, her adorable apartment in the fifth arrondissement with its charming view of Notre Dame from the fire escape, her friends, her entire life…

The choice was easy.

“Of course. Of course I will.”

Thus began my irritation with this book. Really? It’s an easy choice for her to give up all that?

But Jane also seems to make fun of herself at times, like when she goes to the library to research witches:

It had seemed so straightforward: she had imagined a montage of herself rummaging through the stacks, the Dewey decimal system her new best friend. She was even wearing tortoiseshell glasses, although all she had in reality were sunglasses. Out of nowhere, her witchy blood would draw her, like a moth to a flame, to the one passage that would make sense of it all.

Plus, in a Devil Wears Prada kind of way, Lynne Doran is fun to watch be evil. Her family is powerful, but Lynne wants even more and is ultimately her own worst enemy. This is also a trilogy, so it leaves with a bit of a cliffhanger.

Verdict: If you’re looking for a light, fun read, pick this up. Or maybe you just need a taste of New York glitz and glamour. This would work for that too. Buy your copy from Indiebound.