by Jaclyn Dolamore
# of pages: 240
age range: 13+
Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.
I'd been looking forward to this book for awhile once I saw it on a couple of "waiting on Wednesday" meme's. The synopsis sounded amazing and the cover is beautiful! So, when I was offered to review this title I was positively giddy with excitement!
The book starts of with Nimira as a "trouser girl", which is a low class dancer girl that men often come and watch. Born from a high class family in a distant land, Nimira holds herself as above this job, but her personality is selfless and sweet. She's an easily likable character. At first though I was a little confused with the time/era and whether the mythical creatures (faeries, mermaids, etc.) where myths or actually part of the society. That was cleared up though a few chapters into the book.
Erris, the automaton was...weird for me at first to be completely honest. If i were in that situation I would have been a little creeped out, but, he grew on me. The automaton, in case you were wondering, is a life like doll that when wound up with a key, plays the piano. It took me a little while to fully understand.
Over all the novel was enticing and romantic. The characters had depth, not enough to blow me away, but enough that I didn't think they lacked individualism. As for the plot, it was very unique, and I am looking forward the sequel (I'm assuming that there is a sequel based on the ending). Either way this was a fun, magical, romantic fantasy that I believe will appeal to many ages and readers.
If you liked this novel be sure to check out:
The Pale Assassin: Patricia Elliot
Fire: Kriten Cashore
Rampant: Diana Perterfreund
Princess of the Midnight Ball: Jessica Day George
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