Published by Createspace Independent Pub on June 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Cassandra Vera never ever breaks the rules.
She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, Cassandra agrees an overnight road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. After all, it's Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know the secrets of her own pastare buried there, as well.
In the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle —and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.
Enchanted Heart is the first book in a new paranormal/mythology series Game of Hearts. I think the concept of the book is fascinating. I loved the world that Mindy Ruiz dreamed up. And I really enjoyed Cassie as well. But the overall story was very confusing and at times frustratingly so. I understand it all added to the mysterious atmosphere, but it was almost too much. It felt like we were just dropped into the middle of a story, and into a world that we knew nothing about. So much so, I had to check on goodreads to make sure that is was the first book in a series, instead of a later one.
A lot of stuff happens very quickly in Enchanted Heart. Cassie goes to Las Vegas for new years/her birthday and it seems like overnight everything about her life changed and she (we, really) was left in the dark about most of it. She got little bits of explanation, but I still had so many more questions. What we do find out seems really cool. I loved that the whole Las Vegas operation centers around Midas and 4 royal families- The Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds. There are even lesser nobles in the families that are numbered. It is a deck of cards. What a cool idea. It was this concept that kept me reading.
Cassie is a great main character. Spunky and sassy. She has a smart mouth on her, and sometimes it gets her into trouble. It is funny because I get the feeling that she was pretty much the “good girl” before she get to Las Vegas, but here she has no problem speaking up for herself. She is quite spirited. I really enjoyed her and AJ. I just wanted her to plant herself down and demand more of the answers up front. I know I would have. She was kept in the dark for so long.
Overall, Enchanted Heart is a very cool concept for the start of the series. I think the next book is going to be even better than this one because hopefully it won’t be as frustratingly confusing. There is still a lot that we don’t know, but at least we kind of have our bearings in the world now. I loved Cassie and I loved the idea of the deck of cards, but the overall story I only liked, but did not love. The story line was at times jarring and too confusing for me to jump from like to love, but maybe the next book will make that leap for me.
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