The blurb: Welcome to New York City, where the socialites are witches.
Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When her boyfriend Malcolm proposes, Jane can’t believe her luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job as a fledgling architect and make a new start with him 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.
Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
My review: This book was on the top of my TBR pile, literally sitting on a pile of books at the top. I loved the proof cover, simple, striking intriguing. I doubt very much whether I would’ve read it with it’s final cover, the one above. Not a big fan.
Anyway onto the insides. This book was a real contradiction for me, I half completely loved it and half completely hated it. I think it’s probably in the guilty pleasures category. I loved the premise, the locations, the magic, the folklore, the hereditary and ancestry of the remaining witch blood lines. Very clever, original stuff. I just hated the romance, it didn’t work for me, it felt so cheesey and contrived, I know to a certain extent it was supposed to be – magic attracting magic and all that but it drew my attention away from what would otherwise have been a brilliant fantasy book. Plus is has to be said, I didnt really like Jane, too perfect, too blonde with an amazing figure that she didn’t realise she had (there must’ve been no mirrors in Paris) with sex scenes that seemed tacked on. I liked Malcolm, though there wasn’t much of him and the other witches, but not really having any meat to your main character can make a book feel a little loose.
So I liked it, I’d definitely read the next one and recommend it as I’d like to see whether it’s a personal taste thing of mine. Apparently they’re making a US TV show of it but the premise sounds quite different, but when has that ever stopped anyone! (TV poster above right)
So a six from me here, could have done with a bit more magic and a bit less sex. (Words that would never be said in a sales meeting!)
****** 6 out of 10 stars!
(Proof cover below)
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