☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Nora knows three things: she is a servant, her parents are dead, and she lives in the kitchen house with her adoptive family. But her world is torn apart when she discovers that her birth father has always been right there, living in the house she serves.
This discovery leads Nora to more questions. Why was she thrown in an ash-covered room for asking about her father? Why is a silver-bladed knife the only inheritance from her birth mother? Why is magic forbidden in her household—and throughout the province of the Runes? The answers may not be the ones Nora hoped for, as they threaten a possible romance and her relationship with the adoptive family she loves.
With the announcement of a royal ball, Nora must decide what she is willing to give up in order to claim her stolen birthright, and whether this new life is worth losing her family—and herself.
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
The novel’s main character, Nora, is a very interesting and complex person. I think the author did a very good job describing her, her feelings ,and what she went through in her quest to find her parents and her true identity. The beginning of the book is rich with temptation, intrigue and deceit. It was very hard to put down and I longed to find out more about Nora’s parents and why she ended up in the kitchen house as a slave to a royal family.
When Jack and his mother come to the kitchen house to live with Nora and her adoptive parents, the story takes a delightful wicked twist. The concept of magic and black magic with blood and spells was intriguing. But, then it just sort of fell short. The reader doesn’t know enough about Nora’s mother, what she was struggling through, and why there was so much hatred. And though Jack’s character was very supportive of Nora, we don’t really know who he is and what makes him so strong.
Then the real problem for me was when the story became a retelling of Cinderella. It just didn’t hold true to the beginning and it like seemed trite and weak way to end. There was the expectation that, like Cinderella, the shoe would fit her and the prince and she would be happy. Nora is tortured again and again, yet we don’t really understand why her captor is able to get away with it and why she wants to be so brutal.
Once we get to the end, it is anticlimactic. It rushes together and doesn’t build up to a strong finish. Although I understand the moral that was expressed at the ending, I found it a disappointing finale.
About the Author: Molly Lazer has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English and a M.S.Ed in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Initially she was an editor at Marvel Comics and then became a teacher. She then went on to get her MFA in creative writing from Rosemont college. She has written and published several short stories. Owl Eyes is her first novel.
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