Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (December 22, 2009)
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
Jaclyn Dolamore's debut novel Magic Under Glass was Magic in a book. Nimara born into upper class only to be thrust into a new world of trouser dancing after her mother passed and her father made poor choices. While performing one evening she comes across Mr. Hollin Parry. She hopes and dreams of a better life then the one she is leading. Hollin offers her just that or so she assumes. While staying with Hollin she is to sing with a Automaton which the previous girls that worked for Hollin believed it haunted. She finds out the automaton isn't haunted at all it's a real being trapped. Does she find a way to break the curse? Does she fall in love with an automation or Mr. Hollin. I enjoyed the twists to the book. I felt that this was a book of acceptance. Nimara wanted to be accepted in any class and to find someone who she loved and would love her in return for who and what she is. The writing was simple but elegant. She managed to capture the characters and show them fluidly. At the signing we were told by Ms. Dolamore that there will be a second to Magic Under Glass but not before a spin off of the book which is held in the same world as this book. I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND THIS
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