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The Amaranth Enchantment

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Another Cinderella Story

You will immediately recognize the theme in this story. While all the characters seem slightly more cynical, it still makes for a very good read. There is a slight supernatural twist to it, and a little more danger. If you like Cinderella stories, you will like this boo...
You will immediately recognize the theme in this story. While all the characters seem slightly more cynical, it still makes for a very good read. There is a slight supernatural twist to it, and a little more danger. If you like Cinderella stories, you will like this book. I would also recommend "Just Ella" by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It is an interesting deviation from the Happily Ever After version from the fairy tales, and rather realistic. "Summers at Castle Auburn" is somewhat of a Cinderella story, with a little of the magic that is typical of all Sharon Shinn's books (very good author, by the way).

posted by Julianna_Sedai on July 4, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

An enjoyable debut

There are some really good elements in this book---strong characters, an interesting cityscape, a touch of magic and romance---and the fact that it's a quick and easy read will appeal to much of its teen audience. But The Amaranth Enchantment is also very definitely a f...
There are some really good elements in this book---strong characters, an interesting cityscape, a touch of magic and romance---and the fact that it's a quick and easy read will appeal to much of its teen audience. But The Amaranth Enchantment is also very definitely a first novel. The story's pacing is at times jerky and uneven, and Berry introduces several characters and plot elements that seem more convenient than purposeful. Overall, I found a few too many coincidences when I was hoping for a bit of mystery or complexity, and yet when I desperately wanted an answer or a resolution, not a coincidence was in sight. An enjoyable effort, but not really one of my favorites. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how Berry's talent progresses.

posted by slimikin on March 21, 2010

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