My Enchanted Life

Rated 3.83/5 based on 28 reviews
An American teen finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed in England's magical community of Wode Gate. While dealing with gnomes, a cranky dragon, murder and mayhem, Emma tries to cope with her unwanted duties as Sentinel and fights to get back home again. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465829023
About Laura Eno

Laura Eno lives in Florida with three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in English literature courses, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld. Please visit her strange imagination at http://lauraeno.com and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lauraeno

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Review by: Dale Ibitz on Jan. 02, 2013 :
18-year-old Emma Winslow is settling down for a rocking summer vacation in Georgia before trucking off to college. Except she never makes it. Instead, she finds that she's inherited a house in England, and once she arrives to check it out, it seems she may not ever leave.

This was a totally fun story filled with enchanted worlds and creatures and characters. There's a little bit of evil, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of betrayal. In short, a little bit of everything.

The characters are believable and likeable. Laura's drawn a picturesque world that glitters enchantingly. I like how the seemingly you-just-know-he's-going-to-be-evil characters don't quite turn out that way, characters you think you're going to love...you don't, and characters that you never really paid attention to...you should have. Nothing is quite as it seems in this enchanted world. Yeah, you gotta love that aspect.

I've said it before, but it's worth saying again.

I. Love. Surprises.

If I have one complaint, it's that the pace was a little frantic. This isn't a long story...and it should be. I would have loved if Laura drew the story out, took more time in drawing out scenes. In fact, some of the transitions between scenes were abrupt and could have been a little smoother.

Overall, very enjoyable story, with an ending not too predictable and wholly satisfying...with a peek into a sequel that I'll be sure to read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chandra Leigh White on May 03, 2012 :
My Enchanted Life by Laura Eno is the story of Emma, who learns after only three days of summer vacation just after graduating from high school that an Uncle she never heard of has died and left her his house in England. Once she arrives there she learns that she is a fairy-tale creature called a Sentinel and she must live within the gate and protect the veil between the human world and the magical world or she will die.

Overall I consider this to be a middle of the road book. It started out badly... like really badly. But it managed to slosh its way into a pretty decent storyline, and managed to make me want to read it rather than simply needing to read it so I had a review for this week.

Emma is at least better than many of the heroines I've read recently. Though she is constantly told little about what is expected of her, she takes the reins and figures out something anyway. She quickly decides that the rules set forth by fellow sentinel Randolph are a bunch of bunk and decides to fully embrace the magical creatures that she is supposed to be protecting.

I like the fact that the first hot guy she meets is not the love interest. I'm somewhat disturbed by the fact that the heroine is swayed by the power of being queen of the underworld, but not interested in exactly the same position in her new home of Wode Gate.

I give this 3 stars. I'm not that excited about reading a sequel, but I might read it when I see it available.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart on March 15, 2012 :
Thanks to Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics and R2R for entrusting me with an honest review.

I love it when there’s a running start from page one. This book was a fairytale to its core. Every word was infused with anticipation of something wonderful around the corner. Emma, the main character, kicks off the story receiving an unbelievable birthday gifts, and accepts her good fortune without doubt making you feel excitement and discovery of miraculous journey. That was a great motivating factor. I was able to read this is a few hours. This was like a Disney move in print. Gnomes, fairies, shape shifters, dragons, and demons (oh my!)!!! Even when things turned dark, there was still a light hearted flow to the story, which gives the reader faith. This was an enjoyable read. (3.5 hearts)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Delaney Burton on March 04, 2012 :
I thought this was a very enjoyable book. A light fast YA read. The story line was good and could be read by a younger teen. If Laura Eno wrote a another book to go along with it I would read it too. The character were great amd the story line was enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: SamanthaTowner on March 04, 2012 :
My Enchanted Life by Laura Eno was a surprisingly good read. The first couple of pages had me wondering if I would enjoy the book but I was quickly drawn in and ended up finishing the book in one sitting. The story was a fast read with good plotting and character depth. I found it very interesting that Eno was able to keep the pacing while adding depth to the story. The ending was very satisfying though the more I think about the story the more I would like to see it continue. I do believe that anybody who reads young adult or even some who read adult science fiction/paranormal fiction will enjoy this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney on March 01, 2012 : (no rating)
Emma is 18. She graduates high school, has plans to spend time with friends and family until college starts until she gets a couple of mysterious envelopes. She has inherited a house in England. She gets a plane ticket, money, and directions on how to get there. What's wrong with a little vacation before school starts again?

Everything. Especially when you find out you have special powers, a hereditary job to do, and people depending on you. And a boy named Matthew who is handsome, nice, and a half-demon.

Her teacher, Randolf, is a stuffy, stodgy, and bossy Sentinel who has been picked to teach her what her job is and how to do it. He is all about rules and laws and things and he hates demons, even half-demons.

I enjoyed this book for what Laura put in it. It's whole dimension of fairies, ogres, dragons, gnomes, and other mythological creatures. It is written for young adults and I spent some time reading part of it to my 10 year old grand daughter, who loved it. I didn't get to the part with the kissing, that may have been "icky" but she loved the adventure of finding out about a house and new people who were different than human.

The thing that I didn't like was the lack of character development, the rush to finish. It was like everything was just "accepted" as fact. Matthew is one-dimensional and the time at the end when he is separate from her and then comes back is rushed to the point that it left me wondering what happened and how he fared where he was. There were a lot of questions left unanswered as she pushed to finish the book.

The six-month jump to her family's visit was another void that left questions. What happened during that time? Did she improve her power? What happened with Randolf? Was there further interest between Matthew and Emma? And how did her family handle him being with her? So many questions left undone.

It was so short and she could have written more in that first book to clear up some of the questions and still lay down the clues and build the interest for the next book that I know is coming from something she was told late in the book. I do want to read the next one because I did enjoy most of the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marina Stevkovska on March 01, 2012 :
I adored this book. A teenage girl inherits a house in England and she discovers whole new world. On her 18th birthday she receives a gift: a house. She grabs the chance for new adventure. From a very normal teenage life, she enters in a world of fairies, ghosts, goblins, demons. What a turn-over! Emma finds out about her family more than she could ever imagine.

I loved Emma's character. She knows what she likes and she fights for it no matter what. Growing up with her uncle and aunt after the death of her parents, she is person who grabs every chance in life with both hands.

The story was well narrated and easy to follow. Fun, entertaining, and light reading. The author created a magical world which I didn't want to leave. I would definitely recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lissa Smith on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Sorry! I posted my review on Good Reads and failed to return Smash Words and leave the review here as well…. Hope you enjoy the book as much as my daughter and I did.

Lissa Smith's review Feb 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 Stars


bookshelves: young-adult, single, paranormal-romance, paranormal-magic, paranormal-fae, paranormal-demons, own-kindle, mythology

Recommended to Lissa by: Read to Review Group
Recommended for: Grades Four (4) and up
Read on February 26, 2012, read count: 1


On the hunt for a book that my daughter and I could consume in one day we ran across My Enchanted Life. Yeah! I had been chosen to review the book as part of Read to Review. I was so excited. Thank you Laura Eno and R2R for providing me a copy! So I down loaded and Macy and I immediately jumped in. Laura Eno did something no other author has managed to do in long while. As I read alongside my daughter this enchanting tale of young Emma, I was reminded of my own childhood and fairy tale adventures.

The tale is simple but elegantly written. A perfect way to spend a beautiful afternoon perched under the canopy of a shade tree, with your daughter and book. Together, Macy and I ventured with young Emma across the pond to England and through a magical vale that took us mythological delight.

Emma raised loving by her Aunt and Uncle after her mother dies, turn eighteen and is delivered a mysterious letter that informs her father’s brother has passed and he has left the homestead to her. The next morning another mysterious package is delivered with everything she needs to travel to her newly acquired home. With passport and funny money in hand Emma board a plane looking for a summer adventure to share with her friends and what she finds is more that she could bargained for.

Adults will have issues with how fast Emma accepts things but the child will squeal with delight just as my daughter did. I loved it; although it was a little short, it was not left wanting. It had all the right ingredients to keep me intrigued until the very end. If you are looking for something to pass the time between books defiantly give this a read, I can almost guarantee you will wear a smile on your face. It would make a great gift for children grades four (4) and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lissa Smith on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Sorry! I posted my review on Good Reads and failed to return Smash Words and leave the review here as well…. Hope you enjoy the book as much as my daughter and I did.

Lissa Smith's review Feb 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 Stars


bookshelves: young-adult, single, paranormal-romance, paranormal-magic, paranormal-fae, paranormal-demons, own-kindle, mythology

Recommended to Lissa by: Read to Review Group
Recommended for: Grades Four (4) and up
Read on February 26, 2012, read count: 1


On the hunt for a book that my daughter and I could consume in one day we ran across My Enchanted Life. Yeah! I had been chosen to review the book as part of Read to Review. I was so excited. Thank you Laura Eno and R2R for providing me a copy! So I down loaded and Macy and I immediately jumped in. Laura Eno did something no other author has managed to do in long while. As I read alongside my daughter this enchanting tale of young Emma, I was reminded of my own childhood and fairy tale adventures.

The tale is simple but elegantly written. A perfect way to spend a beautiful afternoon perched under the canopy of a shade tree, with your daughter and book. Together, Macy and I ventured with young Emma across the pond to England and through a magical vale that took us mythological delight.

Emma raised loving by her Aunt and Uncle after her mother dies, turn eighteen and is delivered a mysterious letter that informs her father’s brother has passed and he has left the homestead to her. The next morning another mysterious package is delivered with everything she needs to travel to her newly acquired home. With passport and funny money in hand Emma board a plane looking for a summer adventure to share with her friends and what she finds is more that she could bargained for.

Adults will have issues with how fast Emma accepts things but the child will squeal with delight just as my daughter did. I loved it; although it was a little short, it was not left wanting. It had all the right ingredients to keep me intrigued until the very end. If you are looking for something to pass the time between books defiantly give this a read, I can almost guarantee you will wear a smile on your face. It would make a great gift for children grades four (4) and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anino Ellis on Feb. 28, 2012 :
I was fortunate to receive this ebook via Read2Review, and I am so glad that I did! I loved this book! Lately, finding a great read has been hard... Either the book has too much of this and too little of that, or too little of this and too much of that. Reading a book that's well edited and well thought-out is such a pleasure.. The way that Ms. Eno drew me into Emma's world was lovely, and from the very beginning, I was enchanted with Emma, Randolf, and Matthew's story. I hated for the first installment to end, but overall, it reminded me of a delicious meal that satisfies your cravings. The food is so well prepared and seasoned, that you want more of it, but you're satisfied with the portion that you're served. I hope that Ms. Eno will be releasing the sequel asap, because I definitely want to consume more of this enchanted life that Emma has discovered.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on Feb. 28, 2012 :
I received this book as part of a R2R with PR&UFF from Goodreads! As always, I want to thank the amazing moderators of this group as well as the generosity of the author for allowing me to participate.

This book was a fun and quick read. It comes in at about 180 or so pages. I read it all in one sitting. After Emma turns eighteen, she is bequeathed a house in England by a late Uncle she was unaware she had. Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes things are nothing like the world she just left behind and her new life has taken a crazy turn she's not sure she wants. Faced with all manner of creatures from the supernatural community and budding powers she doesn't know how to control, she has to decide whats important in her life and face who she truly is.

I liked this read. It had some really funny moments as well as touching dramatic moments in it. The characters were unique and I liked the paranormal elements. The authors use of all different type of supernatural characters was refreshing and the story itself was a joy to read. I liked the romance aspect of it as well. (SPOILER) Emma and Matthew were cute together and a surprise given in the beginning of her arrival in England I was sure Randolph was going to be the love interest. (END SPOILER)

Things I didn't like were, all the scenes seemed so rushed. All the action was rushed. Things jumped from one scene to the next with no segue. Also, there was no character building. I didn't even get a good sense of who these characters were or what they looked like. The world building was unique but could have benefited from a lot more detail.

There is soooooo much potential here to turn this book into a fantastic series. I'd love to see more character depth as well as more information on the world they live in if there's another book. The ending left plenty of room for a second novel and I'd definitely purchase it to see where this intriguing story leads!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Vanya Drumchiiska on Feb. 27, 2012 :
I received this book to review from a Goodreads group as part of the R2R event. It was a really nice, fast, light read. After the serious mysteries I'd been plunging into the past couple of weeks, "My Enchanted Life" proved to be the distraction my brains needed.
It was intriguing though I can't say it swept me off my feet. I enjoyed it though, so it earned its 3 stars with no question.
There were problems with it however. For example, there was so much telling rather than showing, that I caught myself rolling my eyes on a number of occasions. Conversations were retold instead of written out as they should've been. Many descriptions were cliched rather than thought out exclusively. It was a nice imaginary world, but there was nothing original about it.
Also, the main character, Emma, was constantly talking to herself in what were supposed to be witty little remarks. Yet, instead of sounding witty, they were rather dull.
What annoyed me the most was that every other chapter someone would say something, Emma would look at them wide-eyed and they'll ask her "What? Nobody told you?" Seriously, by the second time I read that, I was already in the know that she had no idea what was happening and the repetition was getting old.
The falling in love was awfully quick and not exactly to my taste.
There was hardly any intrigue, but I guess that made it so light in the first place.

My favorite character was the dragon Cussard. He was funny and friendly and can I say pretty?

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to breeze through something to clear their mind of any difficult/heavy novels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Our Heroine Emma is turning 18 and unbeknownst to her she is also coming into her birthright on her father's side. On the day of her Birthday a stranger knocks at her door, verifies she is who she is supposed to be, hands her an envelope and leaves. Upon opening the envelope she comes to find that she has inherited a house, in England, from her Uncle on her father's side. She decides to take a month vacation in England before college starts and recieves her ticket, money and directions to get to the house.

When she arrives in England she meets an unsavory character by the name of Randolph. He is there to introduce her to the house and her birthright of being the Sentinel of Wode Gate. In what follows is an exciting turn of events for Emma's love life, heritage, and acceptance of her role of Sentinel.

I really loved this book and there was some surprises along the way, that I just wasn't expecting. I would suggest the book for anyone. Unless you are a curmudgeon, you should enjoy this tale.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne on Feb. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The pace was quick, offering the reader several twists and a wide array of creatures all co-habitating in a magical place that is "between worlds". It was a very good twist on the normal coming of age story. Emma inherits a house from family she never even knew existed, along with money to travel there. How can she turn down this adventure? She sets off to check things out and take a little vacation before going to college, only to discover that nothing is as it seems. How will Emma handle all this? The cast of characters there to help her adjust to things is quite entertaining. Who wouldn't want a dragon living in their backyard along with ghosts, gnomes, fairies, ogres and demons? Will all this fantastical stuff make Emma want to stay here, fulfilling her birthright or go home to the family that raised her? It was worth the quick read to find out. Although parts of the book were a bit predictable I would recommend it as a read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amy colegrove on Feb. 27, 2012 :
This book is amazing! This was a book that I got through the Read2Review from Goodreads. It's fast paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and you definitely don't want it to end! I am definitely a new fan of Laura Eno!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: maida khalid on Feb. 27, 2012 :
This was another fun book I got through Read2Review from Goodreads and I would like to thank them and the author Laura Eno for this very mystical and very whimsical type of book!!!

I have to say, I don't usually read books with magical creatures in them, except for the usual vampire or werewolf here or there, but this book was just simply fun!! I liked the story, plot, main character and all the fun and loving and very interesting creatures!!! It was something different and something fresh....and I enjoyed it! It was light, a quick read and just vey nice and refreshing!

So, the story is about Emma, an 18 year old girl, who finds out that she has inherited a house in the English countryside from a long lost uncle. Along with the house, Emma also got cash and a plane ticket straight to England, so she could see her estate. When Emma arrives at her house, she discovers not only some house but also a whole new magical world full of gnomes, nymphs, dragons, ghosts and demons. And then on top of all of that, she also finds out that she is a Sentinel and that it is her job and responsibility to keep the magical and mundane worlds separate and to protect all the creatures...her people, living in Wode Gate (her community) safe!!!

To be honest, I didn't really expect much out of this book and really thought I would just have to skim it and thus it would be another boring book!! But, boy oh boy, let me tell you how WRONG I was! The story of this book will have you so captivated that you won't be able to put it down! That's what happened to me!!! Don't let the cover of the book fool you....this book truly was magical, in all the right sense with only a few flaws!!!

Besides the plot and story of the book, I also enjoyed Emma. I just really liked her personality and loved how despite everything that was thrown at her she took in the news with her head held high....and only freaked out a little bit.....just a little! My point is for a teenager she accepted and handled her situations very well...and that is what made her such a strong heroine! However, even though she was a strong heroine personality wise, Emma wasn't the strongest main character. I couldn't really connect to Emma on a more personal level. I felt there was something missing from the story and to Emma's potential to be a great main character! But, I loved her interactions with all the different supernatural beings she meets on her trip. I especially enjoyed the grumpy dragon, Cussard. I thought he was a really cute touch to the "seriousness" of Emma's situation!

However, I did have a few problems with the book. The first was the romance. Now, don't get me wrong I like Matthew but I thought it was way too abrupt and fast. But overall, it was a nice touch....I mean who can say No to any type of romance!!! Also, another thing I didn't really enjoy and really annoyed me was the fact that there were so many great characters but we don't know anything about them besides their name and race! I would have really liked to know more about Cussard, Deirdre, and even more about Matthew. Considering, Matthew was a main part of the book and Emma's life..there should have been more to his past. The same thing with the Underworld king and Finn....we don't really get to know them or anything about them. That was a let down! :( But despite, my issues it was still a very enjoyable book to read!

Overall, I would say that My Enchanted Life was a fun, light read and a great book. I enjoyed many things about it and would recommend this to anybody looking for a fun way to pass their time!!! =)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marilyn Hughes on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Sorry, hit submit before I rated it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marilyn Hughes on Feb. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
At first, I was skeptical of the book. From the synopsis, I wasn't sure I would like it. However, was I in for a surprise. The book is terrific & leaves you wanting more!

On her 18th birthday, Emma Winslow (our protagonist) is told she has inherited a house in England from an uncle she never hear of. Well, imagine her surprise! Once the shock wears off, she decides to journey to England, to the town of Wode Gate. Thinking it just a way to spend a month off before college, she packs her bags and off she goes.

Little does she realize that Wode Gate is "between worlds" and unable to be seen by normal people. It's a magical space occupied by all sorts of fantastic creatures such as elves, gnomes, fairies, and even a dragon! She soon falls in love with the town and it's inhabitants & they with her.

Soon after arriving, she is told, she it the Sentinel, the guardian of Wode Gate & that she cannot leave to return to her old life. That is she does so, she will die (Sentinels cannot be away from their gates but for short periods of time).

Emma is helped through her "adjustment" to her new life by her housekeeper, Lizzy (a cursed numph) & Randolph, another Sentinel who has been sent to "teach" her how to be what she is (& has a very off-putting manner).

This book takes you through Emma's adjustment to a magical life in Wode Gate and all the people & perils she encounters. In an effort not to give away anything, I will leave my review at this.

The book is excellent and though classified as a YA read, I think readers of all ages will find it enjoyable. I would HIGHLY recommend it!(less)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma on Feb. 27, 2012 :
This was a really great book! It roped me in from the very beginning and I didn't put it down till I devoured every last bit of it.
What made this book so great? The world Ms. Eno created, it was so easy to picture. I especially loved the description of Cussard, I could see all the colors in his scales and eyes and the smoke rings that he'd puff around her. Just fantastic!
Emma was a good character, still a teen and coming to terms with the responsibility of being a Sentinel. She had lots of inner monologue but I never got the feeling I sometimes get with other YA characters, you know the "blah, blah, blah effect" and she stayed true to herself which is great to see in such a young heroine.

I can't wait to see how some of the supporting characters turn out for the sequel, there will be one right? Anyway, Matthew is gonna have his own personal "demons" to fight and I hope it doesn't strain the relationship too much. Also, what's going to happen with Randolph? I doubt he just went back to his gate. Hmm... the possibilities.

I look forward to reading the next installment, I hope it's out soon.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Feb. 24, 2012 :
as always, thanks R2R and Ms. Eno for a copy of this book for a review... If this isn't just the cutest, but awesome book I've read in a while :)

Emma is a small town girl who is raised by her (very lovable) aunt and uncle, when both of her parents die. She actually doesn't remember almost anything of either of her parents, so to her, they aunt & uncle are her parents. One day, a package arrives and she is then in turn literally thrown into a world she doesn't know or understand in England.

She learns that she is somehow a magical being, with powers she isn't supposed to have. I love her growth, and her own internal debates with herself, with how she feels and how she is "supposed" to feel. I love that to EVERYONE (except one) she is nothing but a fresh breath of air, because she treats everyone equally, and gives people the benefit of the doubt. I really really liked this book!

Here's my favorite part... the hot bad boy, is exactly that, they hot bad boy. & the bad guy, you have NO IDEA, cuz I surely didn't hahahaha & I happen to think Emma picked perectly for her... I must say this one was a crazy ride, which had me holding my breath, and cursing ignorance and entitlement and then cheering for the good guys! I really enjoyed this one. 4.5 PAWS FOR ME but there isn't a half star, so I always round up :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Feb. 23, 2012 :
Just before her 18th birthday, Emma Winslow learns that she has inherited a home in England. After taking the trip to Witton-le-wear she discovers there’s more to her heritage. She’s a Sentinel and it’s her job to protect the Wode Gate.

Emma is the kind of girl that makes a story easier to read. She was a pleasant character and introduced readers to her world of mystical creatures and arrogant sentinels. Emma’s easy going nature wasn’t enough for some people in Wode Gate, but she really made most citizens of the invisible city fall in love with her.

There wasn’t much action in the story. Any adventurous event ended quickly or wasn’t really described in much detail. The King of the Underworld posed a threat, but he wasn’t at the top of Emma’s priorities. She had to deal with a traitor in the midst of Wode Gate, but she really didn’t know the deceiver’s plot until the problem was solved.

My Enchanted Life is about how Emma dealt with the problems in Wode Gate, learned what it meant to be a Sentinel and where her home truly was.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Feb. 19, 2012 :
After Emma an eighteen year old graduates high school, she receives a letter telling her she has inherited a house in England from an uncle she never knew she had. She was raised by her mothers sister and her husband , so she never knew anything about her father or his family. Well she truly is about to find out. This story is full of disbelief, confusion, fantasy, humor and love. You have demons, ghosts, shape shifters, gnomes and even a dragon.. This book is like an adult fairy tale with some paranormal activities, what a wonderful book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna on Feb. 16, 2012 :
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review....

Just getting that up there at the beginning, so we're all on the same page.

I liked this book, but agree with some of the other reviewers. It seemed a little rushed. There is so much more that can be done with the premise and the characters. Love the dragon! (Right now, my mind is blank on his name, but I loved him!) I think my problem is that it was such a short read. There could have been so much more! Laura, maybe you want to bring this back in and make it longer, more developed. I would sure love to read it again... For example, the climax of the book just slipped by - I almost missed it... there was more of a lead-in than there was the actual climactic scene!

So, although I think I would love this book if it were expanded into a longer, or even another book, it was an okay read. I gave it 3 stars because of the potential I saw for a great story. Sorry, Laura, there's a lot of good stuff in the few pages I read, but I would like much, much more! Let me know if you decide to expand it - I'm definitely interested!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna on Feb. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review....

Just getting that up there at the beginning, so we're all on the same page.

I liked this book, but agree with some of the other reviewers. It seemed a little rushed. There is so much more that can be done with the premise and the characters. Love the dragon! (Right now, my mind is blank on his name, but I loved him!) I think my problem is that it was such a short read. There could have been so much more! Laura, maybe you want to bring this back in and make it longer, more developed. I would sure love to read it again... For example, the climax of the book just slipped by - I almost missed it... there was more of a lead-in than there was the actual climactic scene!

So, although I think I would love this book if it were expanded into a longer, or even another book, it was an okay read. I gave it 3 stars because of the potential I saw for a great story. Sorry, Laura, there's a lot of good stuff in the few pages I read, but I would like much, much more! Let me know if you decide to expand it - I'm definitely interested!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I absolutely loved this book. The characters were very engaging, the plot was refreshingly different from anything I've read recently and the entire story flowed fantastically. I really hope there are many more to come for this series. Laura Eno is a great author and this book should definitely be picked up now!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lolita Verroen on Feb. 08, 2012 :
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This is a fun and quick read. It is a short book and a light read, no very heavy topics or anything like that. I really enjoyed reading it. The book is about Emma who inherits a house in England and finds out about a fantasy world there.

I really liked the fantasy world and all the different supernatural creatures we meet in this story. I think it is refreshing after reading so many books that only focus on one supernatural creature to read a book that uses so many supernatural creatures. The minpoint is that all the characters itself get less attention because there are so many characters. It is quite easy to distinguish between the characters because they all are a different supernatural type and have a habit or something they do everytime they show up. Like the dragon who is always grumpy and a Fea that always messes with people hair and makes jokes. I did like most of the characters and I also liked Emma, alotugh she was a bit naïve and everyone became her friend a bit too fast.

This book is really short and fast paced. I think this is both a strenght and weakness. I finished this book quickly and kept reading because of the fast pace and wanting to know what happens. But some parts are a bit rushed and events where over before they even started. I also found it was a bit too short, but at the same time I liked it was so short. I found the story a bit too short because at the end there is still many things we don't know about the world and everyone's powers, but at the same this doens't matter that much because it is just such an enjoyable and quick read. The story is also a bit predicatble, at least the overal plot. There are enough small surprises in the story. I also think the story is quite original, especially the part about a gate that connects the worlds where supernatural creatures live.

To conclude a very enjoyable book, the story is fast paced and a quick and light read. If you are looking for a quick and light read that also contains an original story I would certainly recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading this story and I am curious about what other books this author has written.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Feb. 03, 2012 :
American teen Emma knows her life's about to change--it's the final summer before college. But a letter from England brings news that turns her every dream on its head. Emma has inherited a house from her long-lost uncle, and the lawyers want her to come and see it, now.

I felt almost as unsettled as Emma when Laura Eno's novel moved to England, but, ignoring occasional un-English details, I soon imagine the village of Witton-le-Wear somewhere in the Cotswolds, perhaps, with stone-built homes, small graveyard, family plots and... all beautifully described and engagingly delighting all my senses.

Then there's the dragon, a gnome, a demon and more. Poor Emma's thoroughly perplexed.

Laura Eno's story brings magic into the mundane as a girl nervously facing change finds courage to make changes of her own. Standing up to the establishment, sticking up for her friends, trusting her instincts and bravely seeking out the truth, Emma's a fitting hero for teen readers and her story's filled with fun and mystery. I love the dragon, and I really enjoyed the book.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get an ecopy while this book was offered free.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jessie Harrell on Jan. 24, 2012 :
My Enchanted Life is a light-hearted and fun read for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance - particularly YA.
Laura Eno's writing style drew me in immediately. Despite being Indie published, her editing was flawless and I was very impressed by the overall quality of the novel.
In this book, the main character, Emma, finds out on her 18th birthday that she has inherited a house in England and a powerful heritage. When she arrives at her new estate, she's greeted by every manner of enchanted creature you can imagine (except weres and vampires). But elves, sirens, dragons, shape shifters, and even demons, make an appearance. And the house -- it's quite simply enchanted. Eno's descriptions of the creatures and home make you feel like you're really there without slowing down the story.
The twists and turns in the story were also fun and added to the suspense. If I had to pin point the one thing that I didn't quite love, it was that the novel was so lighthearted, I never really believed that Emma was in that great of danger, even when she was. But perhaps that comes from me reading darker novels recently.
I'd say that fans of Ella Enchanted, classic fairy tales, or younger YA in general, will probably love this novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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