Title: 666 Park Avenue
Author: Gabriella Pierce
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Avon A
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Chick Lit
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Jane has been completely swept off her feet by Malcolm, her fiancé. Even though they have only known each other for a little while, she knows she is completely in love with him. When she goes to her estranged grandmother’s house to tell her about the engagement, Jane finds her grandmother dead. However, her grandmother left a note behind telling Jane that she is a witch, which completely upends Jane’s world, to the point where she doesn’t know what to think.
666 Park Avenue is a cute mix of chick lit and urban fantasy. Pierce creates a world in which witches hide among humans. Jane discovers this history in pieces, so there are a lot of gaps for the reader. The focus of this book isn’t on worldbuilding, which is a shame because Pierce does seem to have a knack for creating spooky, mysterious hints. For example, the history of Malcolm’s family is very interesting, and it would have been great if Pierce had elaborated on and taken more advantage of that.
Jane is a wonderful heroine for this novel. She is smart and independent, unwilling to put all her wants and needs aside for her husband and his family. She values her job and being able to contribute and isn’t willing to give that up. At the same time, though, she understands the value of compromise and the importance of picking your battles. I appreciated her well-established sense of self and how she stood her ground, even when things were difficult. I also appreciated her wit and keen intellect; she’s the type of person any woman would want to have as a friend.
This book is a very quick read and works as a breezy novel, especially with Pierce’s clear writing style. It’s hard to pinpoint a single genre for the book because it gets pulled in so many different ways. While this definitely means that there is a lot happening in the book, it also means it can be jumbled at times. Still, it was a very easy read, and very enjoyable on the surface. If you’re looking for something light, this might be a great book to pick up.