Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Released: December 22, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599904306

Recommended for: magic & faerie story lovers

My rating: 4 /5

My thoughts:

Nimira is performing as a trouser girl when Hollin Parry approaches her with an offer to sing with a clockwork man. She jumps at the opportunity, seeing it as a chance to be saved. Little does she know the secrets that Mr. Parry has been hiding and how her life will change. It turns out, Nimira is not the only one who needs to be saved!

I have to admit that one third of the way in and I was worried that nothing had grabbed me yet. By the halfway point though I couldn't put the book down! In the end, I still didn't connect with the characters as much as I'd like to but found the plot was strong enough to make this a real page-turner.

Nimira was head over heals in love but it was nice to see that it didn't make her weak, in fact it made her stronger. She was a smart, courageous character that carries Mr. Parry, who is a lost soul. You've got to love the role reversal, having a strong female character saving the group! I think it was harder to feel for the clockwork man because, well...he is a machine who only comes to 'life' partway through the book.

A beautiful story about the lengths one will go to save the one they love. If you love stories of sorcery, faeries, love, devotion & deception then check this out! A great debut novel Jaclyn, I hope to read more!

UPDATE: Bloomsbury is ceasing to supply copies of the US edition of Magic Under Glass. The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake. Copies of the book with a new jacket design will be available shortly. (source: Bloomsbury website)


  1. I have a copy of this (with UK cover so that's good) and I will definitely read it. Controversy aside, it sounds like a great book. Thanks for posting a review.

  2. Great review! Good point! I must read this. Everyone just loves it.

  3. That's a good idea. Buy the book, but not with the offending cover!I hope the publisher is listening. I like the UK cover better. i don't like pictures of people on fiction books

  4. Great review!! I can't wait to read this!!

  5. I adore the cover of the book, both of the covers are cute. :) I have to say i like reading about magicand fearies, so this would be a great book to read.

    Loved reading your review.

  6. Awesome review! I really want to read this one even more now :)

  7. Great review! I definitely agree that it started off slow, but then grabbed my attention. At the end, I felt it was enjoyable, but again, like you said, I really didn't feel a strong connection to the characters. As for the cover, I didn't notice it either! I thought it was a bit strange at first, but excused it to be lighting or something. Oops.

  8. Great, honest review!! The romance sounds so awesome!!