{Blog Tour} Mini Review: Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas + Giveaway

Posted 25 September, 2015 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Blog Tour, Giveaways, Reviews / 10 Comments

{Blog Tour} Mini Review: Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas + GiveawayMatchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas
Series: Senyaza #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Dreamfarmer Press on May 29, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 326
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For a thousand years, the half-breed nephilim have kept the angels and Fallen from meddling in the world. And the angels would do anything to change that. Destroy cities. Turn oceans to blood. Raise the dead. Sacrificing two powerful little girls should be easy.

Except... the two little girls are protected by one mortal woman.

Haunted by visions of catastrophe and crippling anxiety attacks, Marley Claviger has never heard of any celestial cold war. But when the twin daughters of a friend come to her for help, she will do whatever it takes to save them. Even if it means working with Fallen, discovering the nephilim, and facing the source of her power.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked up MATCHBOX GIRLS but after being introduced to Marley and the twins I knew I had to go along for the ride!

The story starts off innocently enough when Marley Claviger receives a phone call from her friend’s twin nieces, who inform her their uncle is “missing” and need her help. Soon after that phone call, Marley learns her friend Zachariah has entrusted her with his children, who are being hunted by supernatural beings. With the help of her friends and some unlikely powerful allies, Marley will stop at nothing to keep two innocent little girls safe who are caught in the midst of a heavenly war. Just another day in her chaotic life…

Those of you who know me, know I love a fierce heroine in my books. While Marley isn’t a sword wielding bad ass, she’s a tough-cookie! When we’re first introduced to her character we see a young woman who struggles with anxiety and visions, not your average heroine. I really enjoyed seeing her transformation into a more confident and self-assured character who’s driven to protect those most important to her. Her flaws make her believable and really allow you to connect with her, especially when she’s interacting with the two four year old little girls. It’s hard to not root for her when you know everything she’s dealing with!

Moving onto the twins… Kari and Lissa are a handful at times and it was fun to watch a young woman with no prior experience try her best to keep them safe in a chaotic environment. I feel the girls and Marley complimented each other perfectly and I love their bond. They were just as confused and frustrated as Marley but were real troopers through it all. I was a little worried about the children being portrayed as whinny or annoying characters, but Chrysoula pulls it off beautifully, they’re smart, funny, endearing and scary powerful!

MATCHBOX GIRLS is a refreshing take on the Urban Fantasy genre, incorporating numerous supernaturals, in a very human world. The constant threat of danger keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more by the books end. I feel that going into more detail would give the story away, so I’m trying my best to convey my thoughts sans spoilers (not as easy as it seems!). With its phenomenal character development, world building and page turning action, MATCHBOX GIRLS superseded my expectations, I can’t wait to delve into the next installment, INFINITY KEY. If you’re a fan of angels, demons and unconventional heroines, this is definitely worth a read!


About Chrysoula Tzavelas

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 cats, dogs, adults and children. They graciously allow her a few hours to write everyday and one day she’ll have time to do other things again, too. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens, but she also likes technology, games and space. This probably goes hand in hand with liking Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Iain Banks.



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10 Responses to “{Blog Tour} Mini Review: Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas + Giveaway”

  1. Cathy French

    I am also an air force brat but I guess I’m lucky we didn’t have to move around as much as the author. 12 schools in 12 years must’ve been rough.

  2. debbie

    I love reading about the author (the review is fantastic too) 12 schools in 12 years Wow thank goodness for libraries I’m intrigued by the review and love the fact that the main character is a tough cookie.

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