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Matchbox Girls (Senyaza Series, #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
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 man
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Candlemark & Gleam
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April Steenburgh
Jan 06, 2012 April Steenburgh rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It starts out mundane enough- a call from the children of an acquaintance asking Marley to come over, that their uncle is missing and they were told to call her should anything happen. The mundane ends there, shifting seamlessly into a world peopled with angels, demons, and their offspring- all of which seem to have an unhealthy interest in the kids Marley now finds herself in charge of, and determined to protect. A celestial war is unfolding, and the children are at the center of it all.

What ca
Jan 14, 2012 Arlena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 5-stars, ebooks
Chrysovla Tzvelas did get my attention with her novel "Matchbox Girls."
This author was able to make one feel like they were with her in every move in the story. The story opens when Marley Claviger awakens from a frantic phone call from two scared twins that needed her help. Their uncle Zachariah
was missing and Marley soon found out that she was to care for the twins until he was found.
The story was full of excitement of one disaster after the other and was played out in so many celestial surpri
Aug 27, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Urban fantasy with angels and halfbloods running around the world is nothing new, but Tzavelas manages to bring some fresh energy to the genre. Marley is a mess of social anxieties and aimlessness, and her two best friends are only slightly more on top of their game. Watching Marley pull herself together as she puzzles through situations that she would have sworn would have broken her has a poignancy and an urgency that keeps the pages turning.

The twin girls are particularly well written--it's r
A Book Vacation
Jan 29, 2012 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
This is a very intense story with great world building and characterization. Marley, a young woman struggling to keep herself afloat, suddenly finds herself in the midst of a battle between good and evil, throwing her already chaotic life into even more disarray.

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
Mar 17, 2012 Mikaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I received this book as part of a Kickstarter pledge. Since I was in an Urban Fantasy slump, I didn’t read it immediately. Which I regret, since this is a really good Urban Fantasy novel. The intriguing worldbuilding takes the standard tropes of angels, demons and fairies, and twists them around a couple of times, until the end result is something unique. The writing starts with a bang, or a phone call to be more correct, and it doesn’t slow down. Marley’s reaction to the events were refreshing ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
This book was not at all what I expected. Fairies, Angels, Demons, Mortals, all in conflict over twin girls for reasons none of them are certain.
I liked this book because I get tired of the same stereotypical archetypal roles - angels are good, demons are bad, faeries are mischievous. This book really tured all of those on their heads. Each of the characters is motivated differently and good and evil is really dependent on where you stand in terms of your motivation.
I am usually not one who li
Chris Gwinn
Aug 19, 2011 Chris Gwinn rated it really liked it
I was a little apprehensive about picking this up. I've known the author since high school and hadn't read anything she'd written since then. What if I hated it? I've hated friends' books before. And it's full of fairies and magic children and angels. Oh s***. I'm going to hate this and have to pretend I don't.

What I had forgotten to keep in mind is that Chrysoula's smart and talented and just as bored by the cliches of contemporary fantasy as I am. And it took about 10 pages to get from concern
Jul 20, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing
This is an atypical urban fantasy. As much as it's a story about sexy supernatural bad-asses wielding the weapons of Creation at each other, it's also a story about parents and children, and learning to take responsibility for others. If you like urban fantasy with actual substance to it, you should read this book.

There are no vampires. There are, however, angels and demons. The book also features one of the best smart-ass villain/anti-hero characters I've read.

(Note: my review is based on the u
Deirdre Murphy
May 24, 2015 Deirdre Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won Matchbox Girls in an online drawing. The original cover, drawn in an unusual style, drew my attention right away. The story more than lives up to the cover. It’s quirky and enjoyable, starting with an old trope (the troubles resulting when angels crossbreed with humans) but the world is original and interesting. The girls are adorable and I was rooting for the protagonist, Marley, from the very first line, when she wakes up to answer an urgent call moments before her phone starts to ring.

Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
3.5 stars

*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 afte
Mar 07, 2012 Gar rated it liked it
Urban fantasy from an author I sort of know, in an online sense; years and years ago we both were on a roleplaying MUD based on the White Wolf's "World of Darkness" setting. At that time in the newish interwebs, there were a lot of those around. The one I spent time on was notable primarily because the administrative staff insisted upon people actually being able to write in a way that showed basic grasp of spelling and grammar, and also because it didn't involve a sea of BDSM bars that people w ...more
I wasn't sure I would like this book, but Kate insisted that I would love it and she was right. I fell head-over-heels early on and haven't looked back.

Similar to Pilgrim of the Sky, another C&G book I fell absolutely in love with, Matchbox Girls features a main character who is not at her best when we meet her, but becomes more than she thought she could be by the end. Marley's anxiety feels real, not a mere character flaw or plot device, but real -- the kind that sits on your chest and clo
May 06, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: looking for something different, fantasy lovers
Who knew two little girls could change your whole life - especially when they aren't even yours!!

This book started off pretty slow for me, but by about page 30, I was really into it. Unfortunately, I think the author tried to go too in depth with some of the explanations of things - the site that was given to Marley for instance. I think there could have been a better way to describe what she was seeing, how she saw it, and how she did it. But as it was, I had to read and reread it several times
Mar 16, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Right! This book is a Kickstarter project I recently backed that has turned out to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The characters are real and engaging, the mythos is believable and intriguing, the story line keeps you turning pages and guessing throughout the entire book. You have to love a book that lets you giggle at the antics of very powerful demons while still feeling afraid and worried for the characters because their antics don't detract from how dangerous they ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Lorena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Es un libro que se disfruta bastante y si tuviera la oportunidad de leer el segundo lo haría, sobretodo porque quisiera saber qué es lo que pasa con Branwyn. Tranquilos... no es spoiler ;) Espero D:

Por cierto, casi se me pasa de mencionar que el romance es prácticamente nulo en este libro. Si bien hay un par de chispitas entre dos personajes y estas definitivamente se dieron muy apresuradas, creo que es algo más que hay que rescatar del libro porque últimamente hay todo un 'boom' de meter amor c
Ariel Mathis
Feb 11, 2013 Ariel Mathis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Matchbox Girls has a good storyline. The writing of Tzavelas is very different from, well, all authors I've read. That fact alone did not prevent me from finishing the book. Matchbox Girls is a great urban fantasy story with angels, demons, & faeries. It all combined to make a great read. The details in this story were unbelievable!! I haven't had visuals like that in such a long time. Like epic fantasy, just toned down for urban fantasy. Love it. As I said earlier, the writing style was dif ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Nov 29, 2015 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
One of the few truly massive surprises I have come across this year.

We start of with a young woman who is hardly able to keep her head above water. Suffering from depression etc Marley gets a call and goes to save a pair of 5 year old twins. Marley will never be the same.

The twins are adorable. Meep rocks. Marley gets her act together and the entire book simply cracks and pops with intrigue. Fantasy and mayhem.

Read this. Trust me read this.
Stevie Carroll
May 12, 2012 Stevie Carroll rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. Marley is a female protagonist with a proper network of friends, which made me very happy, although I'd have liked to have got to know some of them better. I also had a lot of love for her starting point of low confidence and competence, some of which (possibly most of which) is connected to the world she discovers as the story progresses. Basically my one complaint was that I wanted more of everything.
Jan 08, 2012 Silvergift rated it really liked it
Free goodreads giveaway book. A good story overall. The supernatural side of things was not well explained, and it bugged me when the main character seemed surer of things than the reader, who, in this text, is supposed to be the next closest person to her mind. Of course, it didn't help that there were so many grammatical mistakes from the printing - I hope someone edits the book before publication.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Mar 12, 2012 Emily (Heinlen) Davis rated it it was amazing
Chrysoula Tzavelas has a very accessible writing style, which makes this book just fly by as you read it. I loved the characters, they were so unique and well-developed that you felt instantly connected to them. I loved the story as it was just different enough to be unlike anything that I had previously read. The author gives you just enough clues throughout to make you think you know what's happening and then she sucks you in with the unknown. Great book!
Eva Eve
Realmente es un libro que sucede todo de manera vertiginosa, y desde el primer momento ya te ves atrapado en la historia y empeñado en desentrañar los misterios. Acción "a tope" durante toda la trama. Si que he echado de menos más información entre tanto movimiento, sobretodo referente a los "seres fantásticos" que va incorporando...
May 21, 2012 Kylie rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this book. The characters were great, their personalities real.
If you enjoy Urban/Paranormal fantasy I would highly recommend reading this one, especially if the focus on "romance" in many of these titles annoy you. This is a real story, with a real plot not riding on a relationship.
Mar 29, 2012 Janne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I can't think of anything to say about this book that wouldn't be a spoiler... suffice to say I enjoy it when a book manages to creep up on me and surprise me. Full stars for that.
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Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Matchbox Girls's premise thought when first approaching to read that it may be interesting but for the most part was disappointed.

Marley was a girl with certain anxiety problems who it appears has become close to twin sisters Kari and Lissa. They become really close and then when for some strange reason their guardian, Zachariah , disappears Marley becomes the person they must turn to , Marley, really doesn't want to get i
Feb 07, 2017 Marsha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(2.5 Stars)
Have you ever read a book that had all of the right elements to make an absolutely incredible read but failed because the author over complicated matters by adding too many convoluted details? Well, that is the case for me with "Matchbox Girls."

First and foremost the characters in this book truly make the read. They are multifaceted, courageous and incredibly flawed; yet, it's their strength in knowing right from wrong that makes them successful. Marley Claviger has an anxiety disorde
M. Fenn
Feb 11, 2014 M. Fenn rated it it was amazing
As you can see by the publication date, I’m a little late to the party with Matchbox Girls. But, then again, books don’t really go bad (for the most part), and I reviewed one from the nineteenth century last year, so, you know? I’m not going to worry about it. Just wanted to point out that this book has been out for a little while.

And I’m sorry I didn’t get around to reading it sooner.

Matchbox Girls is Chrysoula Tzavelas‘s debut novel. It’s a contemporary/urban fantasy tale about a troubled woma
Catherine Sharp
Feb 14, 2013 Catherine Sharp rated it really liked it
Matchbox Girls is the first in the Senyaza series and it's the story of Marley Claviger, a mostly ordinary girl who's recently been befriended by twin four-year-old girls, Kari and Lissa, and their guardian Zachariah. When Zachariah disappears one day, the girls phone Marley - as they'd been told to, in an emergency - and Marley is pulled almost immediately into a world of supernatural powers and beings. And she pulls us along with her.

Against a backdrop of wildfires threatening Los Angeles, Mar
Sep 21, 2015 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love urban fantasy books but it seems like I’ve had a harder time fitting them in as my tastes grow and expand. I am a very eclectic reader and I think that makes it hard to fit in everything I want to fit in. So I was really happy to have this opportunity to fit in another urban fantasy adult book because it’s been awhile.

In the beginning of Matchbox Girls there’s a lot of mystery because Marley knows nothing about the supernatural stuff. She’s been handed (it’s more than that) these two chil
Jan 15, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Marley grew on me – as did the rest of the book. But I spent the first chapter or two wavering between really liking it and being put-off by the unusual style. The longer I read the more the style grew on me.
I still think I would have liked the story even better if the writing had been slightly less esoteric – but even that couldn’t take away from the draw of the story.
Chrysoula Tsavelas has created a vivid reality in “Matchbox Girls” that feels well thought out. The angels/demons/humans idea ha
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