The Amaranth Enchantment

The Amaranth Enchantment
by: Julie Berry

Published: 2009

# of pages: 306

This cute young adult fairy tale fantasy is about a 15 year old girl named Lucinda whose life is changed forever when two strangers enter her uncle's goldsmith shop one day. From then on, one thing after another happens and Lucinda is forced into the adventure of her life. The book has everything from a "witch," a nasty aunt, a mischievous thief, an evil lord, and (of course!) a handsome prince.

I enjoyed the book and read it in less than a day because it was so fast. However, I felt like the story was very disjointed, especially towards the end (after page 250). After that it really didn't flow very well. Also, it was confusing how Lucinda sometimes jumped from one conclusion to another and contradicted herself. However, I've found that to be a common trait in many young adult books. I think YA authors try to be simple and so don't always explain the process the character goes through to make decisions.

All in all, this is a unique retelling of a fairy tale (based on Cinderella), if not a little strange in parts. It's definitely geared towards young adults, not all adults will be able to enjoy it. I recommend this to young adults and fans of young adult fantasy.

Have you reviewed this? Let me know and I'd be happy to list yours on this post.

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Nymeth said...

Well, despite its flaws, this sounds like a book for me. I'm always up for a fairy tale retelling :D

Susan said...

I will try looking for this book too. I like retellings of fairy tales also. Thanks for writing about it!

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