#BookReview | Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer

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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.

My Review

First off, I have a lot of conflicting feelings with this book. There’s a lot to go over, but I will say that I hope to read more of Micalea Smeltzer’s novels in the future. I think she has a great way of writing easy-to-read YA novels that definitely lean toward ChickLit as well.

This novel was also a fantasy novel, however. I’m a huge fan of paranormal novels when done right, and I do think that she thought our certain parts very well when it came to the magic. They used plants for healing, they felt their commands rather than casting spells, and they can’t just use magic for everything. It made it more realistic for a fantasy novel in my opinion. Mara’s story was much more about her love for Theo, her Protector, than it was about the magic…I think that will change in the second book. This one is the buildup to the real main event, which I assume will take place throughout the entire sequel.

The plot line is well thought out in Enchant. Basically her protector shows up to whisk her away to a safe house where she will learn magic because her father is not really her father…Her real father killed her mother when he went rogue and joined with the forces of the evil enchanters. So…Basically, her father is coming for her. To kill her? Maybe.

We don’t see too much threat of her father throughout most of the book. There is much more of her personal life than there is magic and danger. She makes friends with Adelaide, dates Winston to get her mind off of Theo (which is sooo not believable for a moment, not even to herself), and she settles into life of learning about magic. The danger doesn’t really come in until the end. This book is much more about her love story and her enchantress skills are more so a back line on why her love is star-crossed.

She has a beautiful love story with Theo, however. You know from the beginning that they will end up together. It’s not something that you assume won’t work out. Each time Mara says they will only be friends, she proves herself wrong right away each time. A little more buildup may have been nice rather than them going for it and running away so many times. The only thing that made me sad, but also makes me want to read the sequel when it comes out, is that Mara and Theo can never be together. It literally cannot happen…I, for some reason, just can’t believe he’s dead. It was so sudden for me and they didn’t get to grow their relationship yet.

It’s a world of magic…I could totally see him coming back and helping her kill her father. Who knows?

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