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Enchant – ARC Review

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Book:
By: Micalea Smeltzer
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: paranormal, magic, fantasy, romance, ya
Release Date: 11/17/17

If you love magical schools and romance then this is the book for you!

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC.

Summary:
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

Review (spoiler-free):
This was a quick and satisfying book that focuses on the romance more than anything, however we do get to see some fun magic. I liked that we got to see Mara actually training and working hard. Too often in “chosen one” stories, the lead character barely lifts a finger and they’re just naturally gifted, but Mara, while still having a natural affinity, still puts effort in. I’m hoping she keeps growing and becomes a badass magical witch. And I hope we get to see some more world-building as well!

I also liked that the characters were on the older side of YA. I prefer reading stories about actual young adults and not 15 year olds.

My main complaint with the book is that the character dialogues and interactions sometimes seemed inauthentic and unrealistic. Characters reacted or responded in ways that didn’t always make sense to me, and it could also be a bit over-dramatic at times.

I also heard about Theodore’s lip ring too many times.

Overall, though, this was a fun and quick read, and perfect for fans of dramatic romance in magical settings.

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