Friday, December 18, 2009
Magic Under Glass...MUG, get it? Ok...
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Magic Under Glass (Thank you Elizabeth Scott. I love you more than french toast!).
Combine music, faeries, sorcerers, an ongoing battle between both worlds and what do you have? A recipe for fabulous!
Since Nimira left her hometown and headed to Lorinar, all she ever wanted to do was make it as a singer. Instead, she ends up performing for pennies a day, working for a man she hates. Her life seems to be going no where until the mysterious Mr. Parry enters her life. But Mr. Parry isn't an ordinary man. He's a sorcerer, and Nimira knows not to trust a sorcerer.
He invites her to come live with him and sing along side his automaton. What's an automaton, you ask? Well, it's a mechanical man that plays the piano. From the first time Nimira sees this automaton, she can't help but notice how realistic he looks. From his legs, to his hands to his face, everything about him seems so life like. She could swear he's a real living, breathing person. And then, the unthinkable happens. The automaton comes to life. Instead of running to Mr. Parry, she decides to keep him a secret. Turns out, the automaton is a trapped faery, and Mr. Parry has been keeping secrets from Nimira.
There are sorcerers out there who enjoy torturing faeries for sport. These same sorcerers plot to destroy the entire faerie realm, and the key to saving the them lies within the automaton.
What do you do when you're the only one that can save the automaton? More importantly, what do you do when you start to fall in love with him?
I absolutely love this book! It reminds me of a mix between Maggie Stiefvater's Lament and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely. Who doesn't love a book involving secrets, curses, romance and a race against time? Throw in faeries/fantasy and BAM! Magic, even if it is under glass! Wow, that's cheesy, but I don't care!
My only complaint (and it seems to be the same as others) is how short the story is. MUG hits at about 200 pages. I think the final copy will end up being roughly 250 pages. Also, the ending felt a bit rushed. I had to read it twice to make sure I had it right. The ending does leave the reader to believe there will be a sequel. There better be one! I have too many questions left unanswered.
Magic Under Glass releases December 22nd. That's right, this coming Tuesday.
So, on Tuesday, what will you be doing? Getting a copy of Magic Under Glass? That's what I thought!