Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Release Date: December 22, 2009Received From: AWT (Around the World Tours)
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.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the cover of this book, but Bloomsbury has recently made a new cover for it, which is the cover that I am using for this review, I have to say that I like this cover much better than the previous, and I think it fits the book better.
This book had a really great premise, I mean an enchanted automaton? I have never heard of a book with that idea! And the characters were really believe! I fell in love with Namira and Erris. The plot was gripping and i fell into it. Dolamore's writing was exquisite, her ability to pull me into the novel was really nice and I cannot wait for more from her!
Some problems I had with the book, was that I felt that the ending was not resolved well enough, and the ending seemed a bit disconnected, like there should be a sequel or something of that nature.
Besides that I enjoyed this novel, and cannot wait (hopefully) for the next book and more from Dolamore!