Enchanted

Rated 2.75/5 based on 5 reviews
Book 1 in the Foever Charmed Series
Mandy is a quiet teenager who just wants to blend in with the crowd rather than stand out as anything or anybody. After moving to York Beach, Maine, this seems almost impossible. She discovers some surprises about her own history as well as the town's and ends up on a paranormal adventure filled with surprises, mysteries, danger, and a touch of romannce More

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Review by: Bree on March 09, 2012 :
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I love, love, loved the premise of it. And, judging from other people's reviews and from the summary, it sounded amazing.

Enchanted had the potential to be an amazing story. The author took something really common (paranormal/fantasy romance) and twisted it in her own unique way. I like how this story not only involved the present, but past events as well and how she tied it all into this one big story, and how the complicated plot really made you think.

The main character, Mandy, was more of a sweet, shy girl. Actually, all the characters were like that - sweet, kind, and really thoughtful. Steve was... well, he was a little creepy sometimes, but for the most part, Mandy and him shared a believable, very sweet relationship.

But you know what I said about how the complicated plot made you think? Well, some other things made me really think, too, and not in a good way. This time, I'm not calling cover fraud. I'm just calling it a major disappointment. And a major confusion.

Grammar was my main issue here. Normally, though I'm more picky on it than most, it won't cloud up my rating and opinions like this. However, when the author (probably by accident) wrote in this huge, glorious action scene about one of the characters, Lucas, fighting himself, I was... well, a little more than very confused. To get the big picture (credits to Kristin Aragon), here's a direct excerpt from that very scene;

Lucas was a blur, moving across the room with the crowbar raised above his head, rushing at Lucas with every intention of smashing his skull in.


So, naturally, you can begin to see what had me so confused, right? And it was like this throughout the whole story. Male characters were called 'he,' as well as 'she.' I do recall the author saying 'Mandy said to Mandy' a couple times. Basically, the author really mixed up her characters in her writing, which made it really hard for me to comprehend the story through all these mixed-up words. There was this one point in the story when I actually thought Mandy was a boy.

Overall, while it has the potential to be really amazing and mind-blowing, Enchanted was a really confusing read and, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have had.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bree on March 09, 2012 :
More at theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com

I love, love, loved the premise of it. And, judging from other people's reviews and from the summary, it sounded amazing.

Enchanted had the potential to be an amazing story. The author took something really common (paranormal/fantasy romance) and twisted it in her own unique way. I like how this story not only involved the present, but past events as well and how she tied it all into this one big story, and how the complicated plot really made you think.

The main character, Mandy, was more of a sweet, shy girl. Actually, all the characters were like that - sweet, kind, and really thoughtful. Steve was... well, he was a little creepy sometimes, but for the most part, Mandy and him shared a believable, very sweet relationship.

But you know what I said about how the complicated plot made you think? Well, some other things made me really think, too, and not in a good way. This time, I'm not calling cover fraud. I'm just calling it a major disappointment. And a major confusion.

Grammar was my main issue here. Normally, though I'm more picky on it than most, it won't cloud up my rating and opinions like this. However, when the author (probably by accident) wrote in this huge, glorious action scene about one of the characters, Lucas, fighting himself, I was... well, a little more than very confused. To get the big picture (credits to Kristin Aragon), here's a direct excerpt from that very scene;

Lucas was a blur, moving across the room with the crowbar raised above his head, rushing at Lucas with every intention of smashing his skull in.


So, naturally, you can begin to see what had me so confused, right? And it was like this throughout the whole story. Male characters were called 'he,' as well as 'she.' I do recall the author saying 'Mandy said to Mandy' a couple times. Basically, the author really mixed up her characters in her writing, which made it really hard for me to comprehend the story through all these mixed-up words. There was this one point in the story when I actually thought Mandy was a boy.

Overall, while it has the potential to be really amazing and mind-blowing, Enchanted was a really confusing read and, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have had.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Cody on Oct. 30, 2011 :
Epic story about a seventeen year old girl named Mandy who goes to stay with her grandmother and finds herself caught up in a centuries old mystery and learning that things are not always what they appear to be.

I loved this story it was very exciting and caught and held my attention from the beginning. It had some great imagery. Mandy was a great character and I had fun finding friends and figuring out the mysteries from her past with her. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a good YA fantasy novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nonnie Simon on Oct. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a wonderful read! Fast paced and while it's pure fiction, it's based on some historical fact and legend of York Beach, ME. I vacation in York and they do conduct ghost walks of the cemeteries etc and the person behind this book, Mary Nasson, did exist. Great story, real page turner!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julie Greatorex on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Kiki & Jules Reviews

Jules ratings 4 stars


Seventeen year old Mandy is moving back to the small town of York Beach, Maine. Her parents feel its time for to be around her Nana full time. Little does she know, how life changing this will be, and what she perceived as fictional, turns out to be real.


Mandy is working at Nana's flower shop, Enchanted Dew Drop, making friends, has her first boyfriend, and is starting her Senior year at a new school. She listens to rumors that her great, great, great grandmother was a healer/white witch. Intrigued she starts to research this, and finds old letters in the antique chest she was given, along with dreams about the past and future. Plus a psychic in town keeps giving her cryptic readings. This leads to more mystery, hard questions and very hard decision's. Trying to make things right from tragic events that were done hundreds of years ago. Will she be able to dig deep down in herself to learn what her powers are, and lead the town out of the gray and into the light? I won't give anymore details, you'll have to read this book and find out.


I really liked Enchanted, it is very well written, and the ending is great! This is a fast read, and you really feel like you get to know Mandy, and everything she is going through. On a side note, I was disappointed that her mother didn't play a bigger part in Mandy's training, especially since it is passed down in their family. There is just a passing comment from Nana on Mandy's mother's abilities, I think it would have been interesting if she had been more involved.



~Jules
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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