{Giveaway + Review} Enchanted by Rachel Wells (Blog Tour)

November 15, 2011 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 21

Published August 6th 2011 by Rachel Wells
Source: Blog Tour
Age Group: YA
Challenges: None
Buy This Book:Amazon Kindle

Summary (from Goodreads)

Mandy is a quiet teenager who just wants to blend in with the crowd rather than stand out as anything or anybody. Mandy’s pretty successful at this until her parents decide it’s time to move from Boston to the quiet seaside town of York Beach, Maine, to “be closer to Nana”. Although Mandy has been vacationing in York every summer since she was a child, she has no desire to live there and is worried about fitting in and finding friends during her senior year of high school.

Nana owns a flower shop in town and while working alongside her, Mandy makes a few friends and observes the oddities of the little town and its inhabitants. When she finds some old and cryptic correspondance hidden inside an antique trunk handed down from her Nana, the “oddities” turn into full fledged mysteries. As she unravels the forgotten and hidden history of the town, she simultaneously unravels her own family’s past and current secrets while writing her future. With bits of romance and paranormal along the way, she is able to figure out the puzzle of the correspondance, the magic she never realized was surrounding her, and visions of the past and future. Will she walk away from her personal history and her future or will she realize it’s ok to be somebody, even if that somebody is nothing like everybody else?

Enchanted is a pretty magicial read. It has a killer bad guy. I liked the other characters but I was truely impressed by the depth of the villian-ness of (blank). I really liked how it was history repeating itself too. I like those kinds of books, where you have to look to the past to figure out what happened and then change things so this time it turns out the way it should have.

The powers in Enchanted kind of reminded me of those in Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. They are both more healing powers, used to help people. I really liked this aspect of magic. It wasn’t all about spells. It dealt more with magical properties of plants and herbs and nature. Mandy although a little reluctant, was a really good student. I liked how much of a natural she was. The only thing standing in her way was herself. She just needed to admit to herself that this was all really happening.

I also really liked the setting of the book. For some reason, a small quaint town fit in perfectly with the tone of the book. Mandy is more of a big city girl, and I have to admit I am most of the time too, but I can see the appeal of a smaller, more laid back town. Maybe one that is like Stars Hallow. (Which is what I picture all small towns to be like in my head)

Mandy is a girl after my own heart. Quiet and shy, she prefers to blend in instead of be noticed. And she loves to read too! How perfect. I also loved that she liked the good, nerdy guy right away. I thought for sure it was going to be a different romance story line playing out, but I liked what happened in the book so much more than what I was expecting.

Overall, Enchanted is a really nice read. I loved the pacing of the book and I flew through it. It was unique and calming. I just curled up in bed and read it all in one shot. There are some exciting parts of the story, but for the most part I really enjoyed how relaxed I felt while reading Enchanted. It’s a good book to pick up when you want to unwind. I really liked it.

3.5/5 Gavels

And now for the giveaway!

Today I have an ecopy of Enchanted to giveaway (in the winners choice of format) 
-must be 13+ 
-open internationally
– you do NOT have to be a follower but it is always much appreciated
-follow my contest policy
-leave a comment about the review with your name and email to enter

Good luck and don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway!
Grand prize:
 There is a grand prize for the tour. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on one or more of the blog out posts for a chance to win an eBook copy of Enchanted and a necklace and earring set.
(Different angled shots of the necklace and earring set)
– The grand prize giveaway is international.

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Michelle @ Book Briefs

21 Responses to “{Giveaway + Review} Enchanted by Rachel Wells (Blog Tour)”

  1. Darlene

    Mandy sounds like a great character! I like the idea of using powers for good and not for bad!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
    GFC Darlene

  2. Donna

    I like your review, you made the character of Mandy sound like someone I would like. The book sounds very interesting.
    ljldml at gmail dot com

  3. desitheblonde

    the book cover is great and would lobe to read it and then i would put the stuff on my facebok and brag i won i do it all t he time
    desiree reilly on face book

  4. Julie W

    I love books with magical aspects! Add in a killer bad guy and I’m hooked! Thanks for the awesome review 🙂

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  5. Kelly

    A relaxing read sounds like something I could use, lol! And a character using their powers for good, something a little different from the norm.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. IdentitySeeker

    I’m enjoying the current trend of books and teenage TV shows being set in small towns. The quaintness of small-town life just appeals to a city girl like me. I love your review and it’s got me excited to Mandy’s story. Thanks for the chance:)



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