666 Park Avenue: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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What if your mother-in-law turned out to be evil. . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.

But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the ...

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Overview

What if your mother-in-law turned out to be evil. . . literally?

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.

But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.

Cover Art © ABC 2012 ABC logo is a registered trademark of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.© 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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First in newcomer Pierce's series chronicling Manhattan witch wars, as waged on and off the society pages.

Jane, a budding architect from Alsace, has just landed her first account in Paris. When she's saved from hobbling on a broken stiletto heel by a handsome man and his limo, it's a most inopportune time for love at first sight. But the chemistry between Malcolm Doran, a rich Manhattanite, and herself is instantaneous and, need we say, magical. Sporting thederigueurmulti-carat engagement rock (or is it a millstone?) around her finger, Jane takes Malcolm to meet her grandmother, Celine, who raised her after her American parents died. They arrive to find Celine dead in her secluded farmhouse. There is a legacy: a letter explaining Jane's witchy pedigree and a silver ring of power. Wearing the ring, Jane now has the ability to read minds, but not Malcolm's. It's off to Manhattan where, before leaving on the first of innumerable business trips, Malcolm ensconces Jane at the family mansion for the duration of her imprisonment, er, engagement. This Park Avenue address (665, actually) houses some sinister female relatives (there's even a genealogy chart, tracing female bloodlines, etched on the parlor wall), but the worst is harpy-in-chief Lynne, Malcolm's mother. Left to Lynne's mercy, Jane endures weeks of wedding planning, no-carb meals and unflattering gown suggestions. Bored silly, Jane bucks Lynne to take a job at MOMA as an events planner. A slow learner despite her magical aptitudes (she generates electrical disturbances when upset), it takes an attempt on a friend's life before Jane recognizes that her potential in-laws are not merely eccentric but dangerous. Jane is only the latest pawn in witch clan warfare going back centuries (a poor argument for matriarchy, that). With the help of some well-meaning but nonmagical Wiccans, Jane learns to harness her powers, but can she make the leap from pawn to warrior queen?

A fast-paced and at times diverting mash-up of chick lit and fantasy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062059437
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 126,569
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gabriella Pierce is an American living in Paris with her two dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Good

    After watching it pop up on my nook top 100 list for a while now, and itching to read something a little different, I gave it a try. I don't know what I was expecting, but it ended up being a fun read. It was hard to put down, and I had to keep going to find out what would happen next. I even had a few real LOL moments whenever she blew something up.

    I did find myself craving more depth though... it almost felt like I was just skimming the surface of the characters, the history of witchcraft, and the story line itself. It was an annoying feeling, and I wanted more. Did I buy it? yes. Did I immediately buy book two after reading this one? yes. Will I remember this book a year from now? Sadly, no. It just won't stick. Would still recommend for a light, fun, rainy day read though.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Enjoyable

    This book is nothing like the new tv show, but still just as entertaining in it's own right.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    A Must Read - Highly Recommended

    I initially read this book because there was a television show about it on ABC. It turns out this book is nothing like the TV show. I actually enjoyed the book 10 times more than the show. It was thrilling and exciting. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect and I am looking forward to reading more in Gabriella Pierce's collection! Definitely a good read if you like stories with witches.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Cute but predictable

    I read the book to see if I would be interested in the TV show. I will give it a try.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Takes a witch to know a witch

    I love the artsy cover for 666 Park Avenue - the texture is a little different, but I seriously love having this book on my shelf because the design is so pretty! What can I say? Sometimes I'm a superficial reader :) Also, I swear it wasn't until I finally had time to read this book that I realized how truly evil the title is with such unlucky numbers! 666 Park Avenue is kinda like a whirlwind that will seriously sweep you off your feet and make spine tingle with delicious anticipation. I was not sure what to expect from such an interesting premise, but it definitely delivered more than my hopes for sparkling writing and memorable characters! While I would have liked to see more topsy-turviness when Jane hops across the ocean to New York and finds herself swimming among the sharks of Upper East Side, I think that would have been simply unnecessary fluff and there was a lot of more important ground to cover. I didn't really see too much of the other characters who came in and out of Jane's life, which I think was done on purpose. I have 2 theories - the first being that it really demonstrated how clueless Jane was about her magical inheritance and how desperately others wanted to steal it from her. She didn't really know anybody, and everyone kept their distance or had some ulterior motive. Which leads to the 2nd theory that Gabriella Pierce had plotted and twisted so neatly and cleverly to prime us for the spectacular ending of 666 Park Avenue. Because unexpected and slightly heart-breaking it was. I am eager to see if 666 Park Avenue will continue onward as Jane comes into her powers, especially since the ending seems to hint on there being a sequel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    An enjoyable contemporary story about witchcraft

    A great story! Except for the name "Doran" and the creepy hotel, the book is nothing like the series, but I enjoyed the story. It is better than the series, and a lot easier to follow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Good read. Not quite like what's on ABC so it is a good read without being spoiled by TV show.

    This was an easy read and rather enjoyable. I have already started the second book in this series and it is just a good. There are some humorous parts and the characters grow on you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Love it

    Nothing like the tv show. I think this book is better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Grest Great read

    Wonderful story!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    different

    I recently watched the tv show of this book on ABC. It was good & I was sorry to see it end, although they ended it poorly. On reading the book, well I enjoyed it much more. To truthfully say the book was nothing at all like the tv show. The book was much better. The ending left off so that there could be more books as in a series. I have not researched this but hope to find more. Its all about witches. I so enjoyed the story and wish the tv show had stuck more to the book. It was a good read. Hopefully the author has more books on the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    666 Park Ave

    This book (plus the next 2), are so much better then the TV crap. Give it a read, its worth the time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Very Intreging

    Very good I love this and I love the show and this book is very interesting and confusing. It sucks that they canceled the show and very eerie.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Must Read!

    I wanted to read the books after the TV series was cancelled because I need answers to all of the mystery! Although the TV series is nothing like the book, I absolutely love the books more!!!!

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    It's not like the show.

    I liked the book,but I was expecting it to be like the show. The show says it's based off this book so I was expecting it to be. The only 2 things that are the same is the names of Jane and Malcom. Other than that it's completly different. I was dissapointed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    OMG! I'm trying desperately to commit to finishing this book but

    OMG! I'm trying desperately to commit to finishing this book but all the constant  label name dropping of designer clothes, jewelry, shoes, restaraunts, food, and building types makes the writer sound pompous and pretentious taking focus away from a simplistic storyline with a mild potential for being interesting if the writer can quit getting hung up on the little details of labels and concentrate on the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Crissie

    No reason

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Cloud

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Notthing to do with the TV show...

    ...other than the address and the supernatural element. A decent guilty pleasure, although the endless descriptions of fabulous interior design,haute couture, and amazing sex get a liittle tedious and swerve too much into romance novel territory for my taste.j

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Armory

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Enjoyable Fluff

    If you are looking for a light book that you can read on the beach, this is it. Sure, there are witches and dark magic, but for the most part, it's a coming of age story set in the glamorous upper echelons of New York society. Think, Shopaholic, only with magic. If that's your thing, then you should enjoy this book. Added bonus, there's a sequel, so if you like this, there's a built-in backup book, in case you move through this one too quickly.

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