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Mere Enchantment: The Enchantment Series Book 1

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A World Like No Other...

When a newly formed group of friends finds themselves fighting for survival, little did they know that was just the beginning.

When Chloe, Megan, Jason and Zach are forced to take cover in a nearby cave from a violent storm they find their new friend Preston there as well. Zach guides the group through the cave but as they go deeper strange things begin to happen and they find themselves separated in a magical kingdom ...

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Overview

A World Like No Other...

When a newly formed group of friends finds themselves fighting for survival, little did they know that was just the beginning.

When Chloe, Megan, Jason and Zach are forced to take cover in a nearby cave from a violent storm they find their new friend Preston there as well. Zach guides the group through the cave but as they go deeper strange things begin to happen and they find themselves separated in a magical kingdom surrounded by unusual people and wizards. Things get even more dangerous as they travel the kingdom in search of the city of Mere and each other.

As their journey unfolds, Preston discovers that the bedtime stories he was told as a child are true and that his rightful place in time must be realized. The kingdom itself has gone under attack as Jacan, a traitor to the crown, forces his armies through the magical borders.

Looking back Preston should have recognized that it was all real. He should have seen the signs. But how could he have known? After all, Jacan was just a villain in a story that took place in a far off mystical land. How could he have imagined that the stories that his father told him as a child were true?

How could any of them have known that their destinies were already written, and that to discover who they really are would take courage that they never realized they had?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475145533
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down. I am so excited to fin

    LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down. I am so excited to find another great series to read, and look forward to. I found out about the author on Goodreads, now I can't wait for book 2 to come out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    This is a great read! I would recommend it to anyone. It was e

    This is a great read! I would recommend it to anyone. It was enchanting tale about mermaids, dragons, princes and princesses. LOVED IT.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    This is an AWESOME book! If you love all things fantasy, you wil

    This is an AWESOME book! If you love all things fantasy, you will LOVE this book. Alicia Rivoli has the coolest imagination! She really brings this book to life and the characters are a lot of fun too. Can't wait for the second book to come out! This is a MUST READ!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Awesome so far

    Aouthur came tomy school and read the first chapter and a half . I cant wait for the sequal witch i fofgots name and the tgird tbe piarites coins . If you dont know to get it or not YOU SHOULD!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Hi:)

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    Mere Enchantment and Rings of Enchantment are Alicia Rivoli's En

    Mere Enchantment and Rings of Enchantment are Alicia Rivoli's Enchantment series books that have one epic adventure flowing through them as though they are a Part One and Part Two. Part Two continues the story beautifully. Personally, I couldn't read one book without the other and therefore would recommend to any reader to obtain both copies. Aside from not feeling myself, this was also another reason for my belated review, as I had to read the sequel as soon as I finished Mere Enchantment!

    The Enchantment series takes you into another world. The world of Mere. Under attack from the dark traitor, Jacan, and his army of Umbra, the Kingdom of Mere is struggling to survive. Jacan and his army have already taken over the city of Nebula and if nobody stops him, Jacan will strive to take over the whole Kingdom! It is therefore up to the five main characters, Preston, Chloe, Jason, Megan and Zach to prevent Jacan with the use of magic and their new-founded abilities in Mere to defeat Jacan and his army.

    Mere Enchantment (Book 1) begins with Preston living in a cabin with his parents overlooking Mirror Lake. When Preston's parents rent out their second cabin, across the other side of the lake, to two families, each with two teenagers, Chloe, Jason, Megan and Zach, Preston seems happy to have kids of a similar age visit. He quickly builds up a bond with them, in particular Chloe. Preston takes them to a cave nearby and little do they realise at the time that this cave is where the magic really begins for them!

    There were a couple of instances in the very beginning that made me question why Preston's parents treated him like a younger child, when he was an older teenager. I couldn't quite connect to all of the characters, especially Preston's parents, as I didn't understand their behaviour. However, as this magical epic tale unfolds this question was answered very clearly, especially once the main characters entered the cave! One example of this is Preston's father reading him what appears to be bedtime stories and yet, once he is in the Kingdom of Mere, Preston realises that those stories are most likely to be true and his father had been preparing him for his new journey to help the Kingdom of Mere as his new-found self, along with his magic and friends.

    When they first enter the Kingdom of Mere they notice changes with one another, such as changes of appearance, age, clothes and later their powers. It is great how they all have these underlying magical abilities but it is only through entering the cave/kingdom that these skills naturally blossom. I particularly like the way in which they discover their powers in an instinctive manner as opposed to having be taught them through magic. The characters adapt to their new surroundings very quickly and, with the help of some wizards, they soon become aware of what they need to do save the Kingdom of Mere!

    The group find themselves separated once they arrive in Mere, as Preston is with Megan and Zach, and Chloe is with her brother, Jason. I become a little lost when main characters are separated as I like to keep everyone together, however it adds the tension as the reader constantly pushes for them to reunite. But with Jacan and the Umbra taking over, controling the weather and using shadows for cover it becomes quite eventful. War is taking place and it doesn't seem to be too long before Jacan will completely take over the Kingdom of Mere.

    In Rings of Enchantment (Book 2) I found the story to be slightly more action-packed as by now the reader is familiar with the characters, some of their abilities and the Kingdom of Mere. I also found the sequel to be a quicker read, with more dialogue and more magic being used and more involvement with the dragons. Jacan and his army are really beginning to close in on Mere, destroying the underwater kingdom of Rill and using everything he possibly can to win the Kingdom for himself. This sequel is darker and most certainly more intense.

    Towards the end I found myself tensing as Alicia Rivoli leaves the reader on tenterhooks between chapters as she visits the different characters and picks up their story from a chapter or two before! This definitely teases the reader and makes you feel like you have to know more, encouraging the reader to quicken their speed, along with the action of the book!

    I also found the glossary in Book 2 to be useful as the reader follows so many different characters in different cities and as the main characters are slightly different people in Mere than they are in Oklahoma it was nice to be able to check up on the characters and places once I finished.

    I really enjoyed reading this fun series and I would recommend it for readers of the age 8 years and over. Kids would absolutely love the magic, the dragons, princes and princesses in secret kingdoms, the wizards and the whole adventure. Not forgetting the main plot to save the Kingdom from this terrible, dark traitor! There are cities in the sky/clouds and underwater. I actually had my own daughter (age 8) read a chapter as she had forgotten to bring home her school book. I was delighted when she read a whole chapter really well and was able to tell me afterwards what had happened. Even though I had her read from the middle of the sequel she was still able to tell me in her own words what had happened and what type of characters she had been reading about!

    My hat goes off to Alicia Rivoli for writing a fantastic modern-day magical, fun and adventurous fairytale! It is clear to the reader that the author has spent a great deal of time creating the wonderful world of Mere, as well as beautiful characters with princes, princesses, wizards, dragons, merpeople and an army of darkness with a traitor as their leader.

    At the same time as being in a strange, magical land with dragons and wizards and trying to learn their own abilities, Preston, Chloe, Jason, Megan and Zach fight to be reunited again and to free the Kingdom of Mere!

    I receieved both books from the author, Alicia Rivoli in return for an honest and fair review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    When

    Doeany onw lnow when the next book will come out? And what the name is?

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Review of Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli I received a revie

    Review of Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli

    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—.”

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Once the Author sets the ground work for the story it is hard to

    Once the Author sets the ground work for the story it is hard to put the
    book down. This is an awesome book!! I can't wait for the next one!!
    Great Story Great Characters Great imagination. Love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Must read

    I could not put book down!!!! Will have to wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Good book

    Great book you need to get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    anonomys

    this book so goodbi literally couldnt put it down. every time i did, i had to keep reading it. the story is really hooking and good. i was talking about it for days. it was too bad i bought the first one before the rest of the seires came out. i loved this book!!! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Great story,ends too soon

    Clearly there is more coming, and I hope it comes soon. This was quite a page turner and very enjoyable. Can't wait to read the next one.

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