Monday, December 13, 2021

The Amaranth Enchantment - Julie Berry

Summary: Lucinda Chapdelaine's story begins with a royal ball -- but not in a dancing-and-glass-slippers sort of way.  Her parents stepped into a coach, went to the ball, and never returned.  As a young orphan, Lucinda was sent to live with her uncle and evil step-aunt in their lonely jewelry shop.  Now, years later, and single magical moment is about to change her life once again.  

On an ordinary day in the shop, Lucinda encounters a handsome young gentleman, a mysterious woman, and an unusual gem.  The gem has unbelievable powers and the gentleman is a prince, but it is the mysterious woman who will prove most valuable.  She is none other than the Amaranth Witch, and she has a daring task for Lucinda.  If she succeeds, Lucinda will reclaim what is rightfully hers, find a true friend, and perhaps discover her own happily ever after.  (Summary from book - Image from amazon.com)

My Review:  A few years ago I had a visitor in my home who  noticed The Amaranth Enchantment sitting on my shelf and emphatically told me it was her favorite. book. ever.  I hadn't read it yet but figured if she loved it that much, it must be pretty darn good. I had been reading a lot of emotionally heavy books and needed something light and uplifting, so I pulled it off the shelf.  In hindsight, I probably should have left it there. 

I don't want to belabor the point, so I'll keep this brief.  The Amaranth Enchantment is primarily dialogue driven, with very little time spent on character development or setting.  As a result, I could never really "see" any of the characters or get a sense of the world they inhabited, so I never felt invested in the outcome.  The writing was fairly easy to read and I liked the general plot, but the story never took on any real depth.  Every problem had an easy solution, love developed in a matter of moments, and towards the end, it felt like I was stuck in a pinball machine, getting flung all over the place with little warning. Ultimately, if you are looking for light and uplifting YA read, you could read this one, but there are probably some better books out there.  

My Rating: 2 stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  All clear.

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