Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review of Matchbox Girls (Senyaza series #1) by Chrysoula Tzavelas

Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder... 

When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into a secret war. She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers... 

And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart... 

Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her. 

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Recommended: Somewhat. See review below.

                    About Matchbox Girls
Available as: Paperback $19.32 from , E-book $4.99 from Kindle's Edition 
                                                        Recommended Ages: 16 and Up
Paperback: 326 pgs.
PublishedFebruary 21st 2012 by Candlemark & Gleam

For This Review: *Paperback Book Copy Provided by Library Thing's Early Reviewer Program*

Matchbox Girls's premise thought when first approaching to read that it may be interesting but for the most part was disappointed.

Marley was a girl with certain anxiety problems who it appears has become close to twin sisters Kari and Lissa. They become really close and then when for some strange reason their guardian, Zachariah , disappears Marley becomes the person they must turn to , Marley,  really doesn't want to get involved but she can't bear the twins to be in danger. She is now part of a war with angels. One where angels aren't the only ones with a foothold on the war having to do with the twins. Worse still in trying to find a way to protect the twins from forces that see the twins as harbingers of destruction, it becomes apparent Lissa and Kari's father is Akkaterin Ettoriel the angel who wants to eliminate them. Research Girl or really Marley must look now for a safe way out of this mess. Things start to become difficult as Penny who is known as Smile Girl , and Branwyn who goes by Action Girl are put into the Celestial war as well. Leading Matchbox Girls in a dangerous direction. There is hope to be found with the Senyaza company a mysterious group who help fellow Nephilim against angels. Yet, as Marley is about to learn the supernatural is a harsh and complicated place.

Some of the let-down qualities of Matchbox Girls is that it wasn't the type of book you get to enjoy right off while you start reading. You have to read for almost a while until it actually grabs your attention. There was also toward the end of the story it was rather vague as to what happened concerning Akkaterin Ettoriel and a certain action he did. When in reading its better for all readers to really understand what's  going on which we didn't get here concerning what happened with Akkaterin Ettoriel. Besides these two issues in Matchbox Girls everything else wasn't too bad. There is an intricate building of the paranormal involved where we are introduced to the world of the celestials that are trying to get the twins. It included a unique hierarchy that was something like this: angels are much like in the t.v. show Supernatural where they follow heaven's orders without question, nephilim who are the children of fallen angels and humans, demons who may or may not be good, and Kaju who are these types of monsters that are almost as powerful as celestials-angels. There are also some other rules involved with the powers of being a nephilim or an angel.

In Matchbox Girls the story is so creative that it has potential for even more content. Leaving with a way for us to find futher to who are Marley's parents, what the story is of Lissa and Kari's father & mother, including a possible romance on the rise with Marley and Corbin, a fellow Nephilim. All of which still have a seedling of wanting to know what will happen next since the book is capable of growing on you. Will be reading future books to come if there are sequels. Really hope will be better than Matchbox Girls since saw potential in this one that could've been better realized.

This isn't an amazing book or almost amazing book but an ok book. Should you like to take you chances with it then go ahead. 
Overall: Not good, Not bad read
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Angels, Romance

                               About the Author
Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn't like. She now lives near Seattle with some random adults, miscellaneous animals, and a handy small child. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens. She's also a certified technology addict; it says so on her (trademark-redacted) music player.

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