Enchantment (The Channie Series Book One)

Rated 4.35/5 based on 23 reviews
A lovable teenage mage and a BMX racer with a killer smile are frustrated by the chastity spell her parents cast to “protect her virtue.”

So when they learn a blood-stained, magical book could break the curse, lust overrules logic. They ignore the warning signs of dark magic and unleash a malevolent force with the power to destroy everything they love … including each other. More
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About Charlotte Abel

Charlotte Abel is a full time writer that lives near Boulder, Colorado with her husband Pete. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys hiking, bicycling, archery and dog sitting.

Previous careers include: dance instructor, jewelry designer and glass artist.

"Enchantment," a paranormal coming of age romance, is her debut novel. She plans to publish "Shattered," a romantic thriller set in the remote Sawatch Mountain wilderness of Colorado, in the early spring of 2012.

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Review by: Fairie Lover on Sep. 18, 2013 :
Someone told me to read this. I liked it. Great read.
Picks up after a while and took off from there.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gina S on Dec. 08, 2011 : (no rating)
First of all I would love to thank the amazing Charlotte Abel for providing me with this eBook, after winning the write-a-spell-for-a-day contest (I wrote a prophecy but when taking a look to this novel, the kind of prophecy it is does suit the whole context of the spells used). You did a marvellous job at writing this novel that I can't wait for the next novel in the Channie series.

Ironically, this book truly is enchanting. We are drawn into Channie's world from the very beginning and we learn with her as well as through Josh. What really needed to be done was to give more of a 'face' to the characters, we need to be able to picture each and every character. However, this really is the only lacking thing in this novel. Even the Goodreads synopsis had proved me wrong as I thought it would be a completely different novel than to what the synopsis had percieved it to be.

I love how we are completely taken into the story and get straight to the point, not waiting expectantly for something to happen, which would quickly make us tired of the story when we have only just gotten us into it. No, this novel takes on a ride and makes us wonder if a spell has been put on us to keep reading and not to put the book down. Although this novel had it's bits of predictability it wasn't overbearingly predictable and did have some shockers.



Honestly, I didn't expect to know if the novel would last. Why I ever thought this I have no idea. The story was not lacking in any way and I can't think of much (much else to the very minor things stated above) that would have made this novel into anything but lustworthy.

The spark between Channie and Josh, brought us back to the times when youthful teenage lust was enveloping the air and the talks with our parents and lectures on the 'birds and the bees' as many subtley call it. Hormones raging, cramps playing in the background, as well as dirty minds fill our youth, but also through the remembrance of firsts. First kisses, loves and fights are also part of it and we look back and connect our youthful teenage selves within this story that we don't nedd to be given explanations to explain because we already know the feeling and were there once before.

Channie and her families innocence on some matters of everyday life (like mobile phones and BMX Racing) is cute and makes us laugh at how unaware and naive at some of our lifes everyday occurrences. It just brings on a side to her charactervand to her world of magic that we wonder what else they don't know or are unaware of.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alexandria Theodosopoulos on Nov. 26, 2011 :
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me but I really liked it after they moved and she met Josh.

There was a good plot, and even though I guessed at the end, I wasn't completely sure it would happen.

What I really liked about the book was the characters, they definitely had strong personalities of their own. They were very believable and they grew, which is always important!

I kept picturing the Channie and Josh as younger, probably because Channie calls her parents Mommy and Daddy still. So when they kept talking about sex, and it's a HUGE part of this book, I was a little shocked. The characters are around 18 though so it makes sense that it would be a big topic. Their love was so cute and it was fun to watch.

I will definitely be reading the next book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Beckie Voigts on Nov. 06, 2011 :
My Thoughts: ( I give this book 4 Stars )

I was given the book, Enchantment by the author Charlotte Abel a few months ago to review and I must say this book was better than I expected. It was beautiful written. The story-line was unique and interesting - holding me attention throughout the book. I loved the flair of magic and romance in the book. Both fit perfectly together. Enchantment is such a captivating book and I was not disappointed when it came to the content in the book and the character's as well. The romance was divine and I loved how Channie and Josh's relationship progressed so well in the book. It was fun to read about how Channie could cast spells and even a curse.
Enchantment is about a young girl who is a witch and so are her family. She soon finds out her family and Channie must move away from there home to start a new life elsewhere because her Father is in huge trouble with a family of Royal dark witches. Her parents decide she should no longer be called by her Witch name, but a new name will be chosen to keep her safe - Chastity! On the night she moved into her new home she later meets Josh and his friend at a nearby park. Channie decides to test her new magic in hopes that her Enchantment is still within her someplace. She cast a Come-Hither spell which makes Josh kiss her. From there on out her life will be changed - as well as Josh's.
I won't give any more away, but let me tell you if will be worth reading it to find out more. I found myself tearing up a bit during the book. You can just feel how much romance and love these two have found together. The ending was amazing and such a surprise of what is yet to come. I have really begun to love a lot of self-publishing authors. Just because the author is not published does not mean the book will bad. I have found a lot of wonderful book written by self-published authors - And Charlotte Abel is one of them. Her written style was stunning. Enchantment was such a joy for me to read and I would very much recommend the book to anyone who enjoys books about Witches as well as True Love!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anjana Vasan on Nov. 04, 2011 :
I'm really not a fan of books not written from a first person POV but 'Enchantment' is one of the rare exceptions! Charlotte Abel had a way of feeding my imagination with clear descriptions of the people and places!



Channie has had a not so normal upbringing..her family's definitely rough around the edges and so is she. While reading this book, I could actually understand Channie's emotions really well despite the book not being directly from her POV. I did not think I would get so involved with the characters but I did.. I HATE Channie's parents, really like Abby(for some reason, though I'm nothin like her!)..and love love LOVE Josh!!!



Although Channie's parents made me want to throw the book at them sometimes (actually almost all the time)..it just made the book better! The accent, the setting..oh, just the whole hillbilly thing just had me! For some reason that made the book all the more special!



Enchantment is unique and and kept me engrossed from the start to the end! I haven't come across a similar book yet and kudos to Ms.Abel for being able to create something exceptional and nothing like other paranormal books out there!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Nov. 03, 2011 :
Ok so first, I'm a little in love with both Josh and this story! Second, I don't know if I feel more sorry or frustrated for Channie. I really enjoyed this! I have nothing but good things to say, except for Channie's parents, who are pretty horrible, but if they weren't horrible the story wouldn't be so heart warming, so I guess that means I only have good things to say! I am even more happy to find out there is another book to continue this wonderful path! YAY! with all the twists and turns and total punch-you-in-the-gut surprises, I did not put this book down! Literally! And the writing made it so easy to just fly right through it! So extra high fives from me and thank you again for the opportunity! I WILL be buying the next one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ananda on Nov. 03, 2011 :
Channie A.K.A. Enchantment is a mage. She can cast spells, do that curse thing plus is great looking, long white-blonde hair and green eyes. Everything changes for her one day when her family is forced to move out to Colorado because of her dad's debts (yes, her dad is a mag and has debts because he is addicted to gambling). Forced to live with the Empties (Magically Disabled Persons i.e. normal people) she is forced to change her name, her powers..but is on her way to find out more about life. And when I say life, I mean boys! That's when Josh enters the picture, the cute boy with deep blue eyes.

I have to admit, it was a strange experience reading this book. It's an interesting mixture of paranormal and YA. I really liked Channie and Josh, but I would most definitely enjoy this book more if I was into mags and the whole no-talk spells, no-tears spells, etc, etc. Yes, I know the book is labeled as "fantasy", yet it was a bit too much for me.
However the author did a great job in describing the relationship between Channie and her parents, and boy oh boy, got me mad at them on many occasions. But I guess that was just the authors intention. There were few lines in the book I loved, and I even wrote down one so I won't forget it.
"Magic is powerful, but nothing is more powerful than love". Don't you just love the sound of that?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Helms on Nov. 02, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book! There were a lot of things I liked about the book and a few things I didn't. I didn't care for Channie's parents. One minute they where nasty, rude and abusive, the next minute they seemed caring and loving. I wanted them to pick a side and stay there. In the end, I'm glad they were left behind and I didn't have to read more about them.

I stayed up way to late to finish this book because I couldn't put it down. The thought of having to wait until the next evening made me anxious. I would most definitely recommend this book to a friend!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christie Rich on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Thank you Charlotte for the entertaining read. I was given this book to review through Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics read 2 review.

This was a heartwarming tale of first love. Charlotte Abel is a talented writer and I look forward to seeing more from this author. I was able to hear the hickabilly in Channie's family without trying to read misspelled words which I think is quite a feat. Channie's family was pretty awful at times, but it only added to the story. I can't imagine parents actually being that horrible, but I also think some teens would disagree.

The only problem I really had with this story was how young Channie and Josh were in relation to what happened with them. I realize it is fantasy and "normal" for the culture in the book, but I would have liked to have seen Channie be a little older.

That being said, this is an original story that will make you root for the characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marsha El Akkari on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Enchantment is not what I expected. I was very pleasantly surprised by the unique perspective on magic the author used. A look into a teenagers journey through adolescence is always fun, but this one was laced with spells, curses, and the most adorable love story. Many readers will be able to relate to Channie's relationship with her parents from their attempt to keep her "chaste", to the struggle to find your own identity while going against them. The ending left me wanting to see more of Channie and Josh's relationship. A very entertaining read for any YA fan!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marsha El Akkari on Nov. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
Enchantment is not what I expected. I was very pleasantly surprised by the unique perspective on magic the author used. A look into a teenagers journey through adolescence is always fun, but this one was laced with spells, curses, and the most adorable love story. Many readers will be able to relate to Channie's relationship with her parents from their attempt to keep her "chaste", to the struggle to find your own identity while going against them. The ending left me wanting to see more of Channie and Josh's relationship. A very entertaining read for any YA fan!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Nov. 01, 2011 :
This book was very weird to begin with but once I got past the first 10% I was hooked. It is about a girl named Channie (Enchantment) who is cursed by her parents so she would not end up like her sister. She was given the name "Chasity" and all of the magic that comes with that power name. She feels betrayed and angry by this betrayal of her parents and sneaks out of her house in the middle of the night. She meets two boys at a park and in order to test her new powers that "Chasity" has given her, she entices a boy to kiss her. Her powers rear their ugly head and the boy runs away thinking that he has been tased. Channie slowly begins to build a friendship with the boy, named Josh, and falls in love with him. They, being teenagers, want to be able to have a "normal" relationship meaning they would like to hold hands, kiss each other or anything that involves touching each other. In order to get rid of Chasity's curse, they become involved in dark magic and most of the story centers on them trying to get through it together.
The first 10% was all about Channie's family and them having to move to another state to escape a blood debt. I think the part that had me thinking, "okay, what?" was all of the names. The names they have been given carry huge weight with who the person is and what kind of powers they have been given. This book drew me in when we were introduced to Josh. He is such a great character and I immediately fell for him! I loved how he stuck with Channie through everything even when it cost him his dreams.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone past ninth grade. It was a quick read and has been set up for a second book that I cannot wait to read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Smiley on Nov. 01, 2011 :
This books was full of surprises. It's shockingly well-edited. I've read plenty of professionally published books with more typos and wording issues than "Enchantment." I also was not expecting the story to be so well-told. Abel's verbiage was flawless. I wasn't 100% sold on the story line when I read the description, but I'm so glad I gave it a try. The characters felt authentic throughout the book. The story developed well, though I thought it was a little slow in sections and had a predictable moment or two (I find these to be hallmarks of romances). Overall, a really great read. I am very eager for the next book in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tana on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Reading this story it reminded me of young love and the wanting and dreaming of meeting your very own Prince Charming. This is one of those stories that you see the story unfolding and you turn every page to make sure it’s going to happen. The writing is great, easy to read, words flow so you just keep reading till you reach the end.

The story begins with Channie (Enchantment) moving to a new city with her family, her father is on the run from a very powerful family, he owes them a huge gambling debt, this family is well known and will not just want money they may even kill Channie’s (Enchantment) family to get revenge on her father.

Starting at a new school is hard enough but to be living around non magic humans is a whole other complication. Channie (Enchantment) meets Josh and their amazing almost fairy tale story begins.

All I can say is this book is well written its about love, magic, awful parents, dreams, hopes and its touching funny and you just want the best for Channie and Josh.

I will be keeping an eye out for a sequel.

If you’re looking for a heart warming read this is the book to read.

Charlotte Abel is an amazing author/storyteller.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tana on Nov. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Reading this story it reminded me of young love and the wanting and dreaming of meeting your very own Prince Charming. This is one of those stories that you see the story unfolding and you turn every page to make sure it’s going to happen. The writing is great, easy to read, words flow so you just keep reading till you reach the end.

The story begins with Channie (Enchantment) moving to a new city with her family, her father is on the run from a very powerful family, he owes them a huge gambling debt, this family is well known and will not just want money they may even kill Channie’s (Enchantment) family to get revenge on her father.

Starting at a new school is hard enough but to be living around non magic humans is a whole other complication. Channie (Enchantment) meets Josh and their amazing almost fairy tale story begins.

All I can say is this book is well written its about love, magic, awful parents, dreams, hopes and its touching funny and you just want the best for Channie and Josh.

I will be keeping an eye out for a sequel.

If you’re looking for a heart warming read this is the book to read.

Charlotte Abel is an amazing author/storyteller.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Airicka Phoenix on Nov. 01, 2011 :
I finished this book in one day. It was so sweet and heartwarming. I think Charlotte Abel did a fantastic job creating a world inside our world. Her characters are rich and so 3D. The plot was unique and the flow of the story was fast pace and captivating. If I had any doubts about this story at all, it would be my dislike for Channies’ parents. I can’t say I feel overly bad for them at all. But even that was so in character with what was going on that it was hard to see it as a downside.

A wonderful read and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Airicka
http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/?cat=10
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Oct. 26, 2011 :
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11878534-enchantment
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nicole passante on Oct. 18, 2011 :
Let me first say that I got this book from read 2 review and did not expect to love it so much. I thought this would be a sweet YA book for the younger audience.

I was wrong...
Simply Brilliant.
This story was sweet and endearing, fit for all audiences. Mothers can read with their daughters and boys can enjoy as well. Completely heartwarming and the promise that true love con conquer all.This is a must read for all ages, I could not put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Natasha Fulton on Aug. 05, 2011 :
Okay, I SO SO loved this book! It was amazing. Flowed perfectly, never got dull or boring. I loved the characters. AWE just simple AWE! I like the idea of "cuddle clothes". This was a great fairy tale, with the perfect prince charming! Can't wait for the sequel. I am for sure getting this one for the libraries!!! If Icould give a 10 star review I would!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: neha singh on Aug. 03, 2011 :
I completed the book in almost three days and what I think is that your book has really casted a come-hither spell on me. I found that there were some parts which are truly mesmerizing.
I am really excited and waiting impatiently for its sequel. Iam pretty sure that its sequel will be more dramatic, adventurous and magic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: orilee on July 26, 2011 :
I read Enchantment about a month ago right when it first came out. It was so inticing that I couldn't stop reading and by the time I finished it was way too late to set about typing a coherent review. So, I'm finally getting around to it :) My expectations were already high from reading Life Sucks and Then You Live Forever, but I have to say putting you with your own original characters made your writing even better. Can't wait for the sequel!(:
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rose Demica on July 24, 2011 :
I recently read Enchantment, and I have to say its amazing!!! I couldn't stop reading it!!! It was perfect, I can't even find something bad with it.

Highly recommend reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait for the sequel!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Courtney Miller on July 17, 2011 :
Okay so I just finished reading Enchantment and I must say I really hope there are plans for a sequal. The story flowed wonderfully and the charcters were awesome.
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