Title: 666 Park Avenue
Author: Gabriella Pierce
Publisher: Avon Books
First Published: February 2011
No .of pages: 320
Synopsis (from Fantastic Fiction):
What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . . . literally?
Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can’t believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm 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. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world – and herself – is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
If you like paranormal romances that aren’t too gushy and still have a bit of kick to them, then you’re going to love the first book in the new 666 Park Avenue series!
Seriously, I love paranormal stuff, but usually can’t stand the romance side of things, however this more than stands up to even the biggest haters of romantic fiction by having enough paranormal activity and believable characters to carry it off easily. Jane is a very likeable and flawed character; Malcolm is suitably suave and mysterious; and his mother is the perfect socialite matriarch. the settings are lush, the pace is fast, and the story is incredibly entertaining. Honestly, I had great difficulty putting it down and actually missed my bus stop because I couldn’t tear my eyes from the page!
I am now eagerly awaiting the publication of the sequel because I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for Jane!
ETA: A new Warner Bros/Alloy Entertainment TV show loosely based on this novel will air on 30th September 2012. It will star Vanessa Williams, Terry O’Quinn, Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable. See 666 Park Avenue at IMDb.
ETA: The TV show is absolutely NOTHING LIKE the book. It is a completely different story and all that remains is that a few of the character names are the same. Seriously – that’s it!
Review by Kell Smurthwaite