Magic Under the Glass Book Review

It’s a late-start, but I tend to wake up early even so because then it feels like I have much more time to do things. Like book reviews. Enjoy.

 Magic Under the Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

  This is the story of Nim, a dancer, hired by a dashing young man to sing and dance to an automaton’s accompaniment. Other girls who took the job before her always left because of the automaton’s strange habit of moaning and groaning, as if it were alive. But Nim’s not so scared and when the automaton makes noise, she realizes its because he is a fairy, trapped in that body and soon she falls in love with him and goes to great lengths to get him out.

Bland summary? Yeah. That’s because it was a bland book.

I’m not being particularly harsh there. I’m honestly saying that this book was extraordinarily average. It was your run of the mill fairy tale and it seemed to be trying a little to hard to reach epic proportions.

I say that because suddenly, instead of a quaint love story, I was reading fairy politics and dastardly schemes. I wasn’t exactly expecting much in the plot department so this came as a surprise and it wasn’t a welcome one. The heavier aspects weighed the story down and I quickly lost interest. Not to mention that it was coupled with cheesy fairytale qualities, like funny-sounding hard-to-pronounce country names and quasi-medieval speech.

The characters were all very average. Nothing new or exciting. The setting wasn’t particularly creative nor was the world.

Actually, I’ve come up with a good analogy for this. So, since I’ve been watching a lot of Gossip Girl lately, I’ve come to see that there are many different kinds of people in New York. You have your classy Upper East Siders and your artsy-hip Brooklyners and on and on and then you have people who just want to be everything and because of that they end up being nothing, one of those characters whose names I will never remember and whose lives I will never care about. That was what this book was: forgettable.

 I’m pretty sure this book is going to have a sequel which I really thought was unnecessary because the plot was struggling to begin with. But what does it matter? I won’t be reading it. I wouldn’t recommend wasting time with this first book either.  I can’t even say if the author has promise because this story had nothing unique about it. I sort of want a refund on the time I spent reading it.

But I digress. I shan’t spend any more time complain. I’ve made my point and now I have other fish to fry.

Ri’s Rating



0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…

1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.

2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.

3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.

4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).

5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.

6 and above. What I want my book to be.

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1 Comment

  1. Lacey

     /  April 23, 2012

    Loved this book! Read it in a weekend! Cant wait to start the second one!


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