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Posted June 22, 2012
Imagine your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and tak
Imagine your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and taking them to bed or putting them on your knee to tell them a story. An enchanting story about mermaids and mermen, magic, lakes, caves, kings and queens, smart large red birds and many other fantastic creatures. Imagine telling them a story about all these things and more. Now how would said child react? Big round eyes? Begging you to tell them more? All of the above? That is what I saw everytime I picked up this book to read some more. Although I personally never had these types of stories growing up it certainly took me back to those story time days as a young girl.
Mere Enchantment sounded like a parent reading a bedtime to their kid(s) or a grandparent or aunt or uncle telling their nieces and/or nephews a story. I was reading this book at a friends house one night and when I fell asleep I dreamt of Chloe, Megan and the others. It was like I was there as an observer watching them go through these adventures. It was simply fantastic. The teens all start out young but quickly find out that they are all a little bit older then they'd thought and had been led to believe.
There were a few things I didn't like. Preston falling in love with Chloe so fast. I mean two days? I might have said that they felt like they knew each other from a past life or something so that it didn't seem so rushed. The fact that they all seemed to all accept so easily that they were from a a different world when they never seemed to have felt different before was a bit weird for me. Also there were a lot of different POV's. It wasn't too annoying because it was very easy to tell who was speaking so that made it tons easier and a bit more entertaining.
Overall I would recommend this book to parents, grandparents, and whoever reads to kids in general to pick up this book and read to their kids because I'm fairly certain these kids WILL have big round eyes simply from imagining all the adventures Preston, Jason, Megan, Chloe, and Zach go through.
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Posted June 24, 2012
Preston has lived his entire life secluded from the outside wor
Preston has lived his entire life secluded from the outside world. He was born and raised in a cabin on the banks of a large lake, called Mirror Lake, in the Rocky Mountains. When Preston was younger, his father would tell him stories of a fantasy world called Mere. Yet what happens if stories become reality? As a new family arrives at the cabin across from the lake, a storm blows in and the children are lured into the entrance to a secret kingdom. With no hopes of going back, they must work together in order to survive in a foreign land and help the kingdom from peril!
Mere Enchantment had a great start. The introduction was really well done and the families had a strong, believable relationship. The scenes given by the author were well described and that was what stood out. At no point in the story was I confused of the characters surroundings or what they were wearing. Sadly, I thought that the beginning could have used a little bit more pace and have gotten onto the next part of the story rather then build minimal suspense.
For the most part I enjoyed the characters. They seemed to be realistic but sometimes they made me feel like they were somewhat bipolar. The characters could bond together really well and then say that there little brothers were brats. That was excusable because aren't we all like that in our teenage years? So if you think about it, the author really did a good job with the moods and expressions of the characters. The amount were a bit useless. I believe that the novel contained way too many characters to begin with and even the parents names shouldn't had been necessary for this type of story. I had a hard time figuring out who was who and that was very confusing.
What makes a fantasy world become a fantasy world? Of course the magic does! This was a huge theme in the novel, and Alicia could not have done better! The spells and the background of the whole kingdom is very ingenious and while it still is a typical fantasy story, it contains that spark that keeps the reader from putting the book down. Even the monsters and enemies were well done and there powers reflected off of their own personality.
For my last point! I would like to point out the cover. The art work is so amazing and reflects so many scenes in the book! This is a kind of cover that attracts my attention and makes me want to read the first few pages. We give illustrators minimal credit and I would like to congratulate Danijel Firak for the beautiful art work.
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Posted May 28, 2013
Rivoli's lengthy first fantasy book, Mere Enchantment, is a grea
Rivoli's lengthy first fantasy book, Mere Enchantment, is a great leap for tweens and young teens looking for a read that is more in depth and detailed than the early chapter fantasy books one might find for this age group. The imagination used is vast for this book, and the worlds the characters explore are diverse and well thought out to the tiniest detail. (Air bubble tears under water!) Rivoli gives the reader much foreshadowing in the beginning, using the reference to the lake to draw the reader in....one has to keep reading to see what is below the lake! I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot, the development of the worlds and the specific characteristics for each one, and I think the progression into a sequel is obvious and intriguing. This is definitely a book for fantasy readers, but it is not a light/quick read, it is one that a reader must prepare to be enfolded in the many plots and worlds inside of the book. I would recommend this as a book for the age ranges of 12-15; the language and content is suitable for all ages, but the length is for a hearty reader. Well done, Rivoli! I can't wait to see where the sequel takes me next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2012
Review of Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli I received a revie
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I received a review ebook copy from the author in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
“Mere Enchantment” is a moving and imaginative contemporary/fantasy postulating an alternate “world,” one located under mysterious Mirror Lake in the Rockies. Preston, almost eighteen, has lived exclusively in a cabin on the lake which belonged to his grandfather, who also owned another cabin on the opposite shore. From early childhood Preston’s father Jack has related stories of a fairytale-like world, Mere, which had been attacked by an evil duke and his insurmountable minion creatures. Preston of course always assumed these were bedtime stories, intended to soothe a fretful child to sleep. Little does he realize they are factual.
This summer Jack has rented the other cabin for the first time, to two families, each of whom has a son and a daughter. Preston, who is ordered into an arranged marriage as soon as he turns eighteen soon, instead falls for Chloe, one of the daughters. Almost immediately terrible things occur: violent storms, tornados, his folks go missing temporarily, and his father orders him to the cave beyond the other cabin. Quickly he is joined by the four other adolescents, and an entirely new world unfolds to them.
I certainly hope “Mere Enchantment” will be the first of a series, as I want to know what happens “after—.”
Posted July 7, 2012
Posted January 15, 2013
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