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The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

The Amaranth EnchantmentWhen Lucinda Chapdelaine was just five years old, her parents left for the royal ball—and never came back. Since then, she has had no taste of her old fancy life, forced instead to work for her cruel aunt at a jewelry store. Then, as if by fate, a mysterious woman and her equally mysterious jewel enter the shop, and Lucinda’s life is irrevocably changed. This chance meeting and others acquaint Lucinda with a varied cast of characters including the Amaranth Witch, a street thief named Peter, and even the royal prince, who land her in a set of wild situations. And along the way, Lucinda will make a few friends, escape evil clutches, learn about herself, and even discover the truth about her parents’ death.

The Amaranth Enchantment is truly a delightful and amusing read. Lucinda is so easy to relate to and sympathize with, especially because of the miserable situations she often finds herself in, and her quick thinking and wit make her a joy to read about. And the other characters, especially Peter the thief, provide much amusement as well. There are several exciting elements of fantasy, especially in the form of the Amaranth Witch, that will no doubt thrill readers. My only disappointment was that the Amaranth Witch’s world was not fully delved into and explored, which I would’ve appreciated. I also found it a little off when Lucinda declared her love for the prince after nearly just meeting him. But I did love how Lucinda’s little adventures took her everywhere from jail cells to the royal court. This novel is definitely a satisfying and entertaining tale.

Fans of Catherine Murdock’s Princess Ben will also enjoy Berry’s debut novel, even thought the Amaranth Enchantment isn’t as good as the spectacular Princess Ben. Fantasy and romance lovers will also like this cute story.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from publisher Bloomsbury USA

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BookChic said...

Sounds like a great book! :) I love the cover- it's so pretty. Great review!

Nancy said...

Thank you for the wonderfully informative review. I have this book in my TBR pile and now I am very eager to get to it :)

Donna (Bites) said...

The Count says you have one award waiting for you at Bites. Ha ha ha!

juiciliciousss reviews said...

gave you an award! :)

Willowe said...

Ooh, sounds like an awesome book! I think I'll have to read it!

Jen said...

For some reason that looks very Ella Enchanted-y to me. Sounds good though. ^_^ Beautiful cover.

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