Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Amarath Enchantment by Julie Berry

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The Amarath Enchantment
by Julie Berry

ISBN-13: 978-1-59990-334-7
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Released: 2009

Source: Borrowed from my local library.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop on the very same day, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance with the crown prince, find an friend in the so-called Amaranth Witch, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.

My Review:
The Amarath Enchantment is a young adult fantasy novel with similarities to the Cinderella story. It's set in the real world at a vague time period, but it has fantastic and fantasy elements. The characters were engaging and varied, and the suspense (from physical danger, relationship tensions, and the mystery of what will happen next) kept me reading.

I was a bit sad that all of the "good guy" characters got their happy ending except one who had it snatched away. Since it pushed realism that everyone else got their happy endings, I didn't understand why that character couldn't have found a solution that involved happiness as well.

There was no bad language and no sex scenes. The magic element involved a magic object that allowed access to another world. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable book.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt from chapter one using Google Preview.

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