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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Matchbox Girls is my first published novel! It’s a contemporary fantasy that takes more from Neil Gaiman than Laurell K. Hamilton, about a battle between celestial forces and the people caught in the middle.
It’s being published by Candlemark & Gleam, in paperback and ebook formats, and it’s been getting really encouraging reviews.
Lovely worldbuilding and an unusual heroine surrounded by strong relationships and good intrigue kept me reading Matchbox Girls until well past my bedtime. Tzavelas has created a winning story universe and I’m impatient for the next book!
Matchbox Girls starts very gently, builds carefully and then flies off into action-packed full speed blink-and-you-miss it adventure. There are Angels, Demons, Fairies, monsters, mysteries and puzzles. There’s even a magic cat, and who doesn’t like magic cats?
Here is an author who has a grasp on that anxious tension that results from being neither here nor there, and trying to figure out where and how you belong. Matchbox Girls is a book about twisting your own fate from the threads we are given at birth, and it is a splendid journey.
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The world itself is fascinating and unique. In a genre where we see the same patterns and the same creatures repeated often in very similar ways (but with many interesting twists), a completely new take on things is a refreshing breeze.
I thoroughly enjoyed Marley’s character, especially as she matures throughout the story, going from a woman full of anxiety to a more self-assured person willing to do anything to protect those she cares about. She is a very believable character, and I loved that she is flawed, just like the rest of humanity.