Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lily's Review of Enchantment, by Charlotte Abel

Good morning wonderful readers! Today I get to post my review for Charlotte Abel's 'Enchantment'! Was so excited to read this since I totally loved 'River's Recruit'. So check it out and thanks for stopping in!

Title: Enchantment
Author: Charlotte Abel
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 23, 2011
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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Sixteen year old Channie Kerns leads an idyllic life of seclusion and magic deep in the Ozark Mountains ... until her family is forced to flee for their lives.
They leave everything and everyone behind to start over in Louisville, Colorado. Magic is forbidden while they are in hiding, but Channie can't resist the temptation to enchant a group of local boys. When her overbearing parents catch her flirting with these "sex-crazed, non-magical delinquents," they slap a chastity spell on her to protect her virtue.
The spell is triggered by lust, so just navigating the halls at her new school is an ordeal. She can't even touch a boy she's attracted to without blasting him with a jolt of magical energy that feels like a taser.
When Channie falls in love with Josh Abrim, a BMX racer with dangerous secrets of his own, she rebels against her parents and turns to dark and forbidden magic to break the chastity spell ... with disastrous results.

I became an instant fan of this author the moment I read 'River's Recruit'. I reviewed it as part of another blog tour here if you are interested in checking it out.  That novel dealt with an endearing and captivating romance of two people that were young, but had a maturity beyond their years through different experiences in their lives.  I enjoyed those characters a lot! 

In 'Enchantment', both Channie and Josh are really young and discover love with each other. But I found them to have a level of immaturity that may not necessarily be out of the norm considering their age and their relatively low experience with relationships, but I had a difficult time relating to her through those outbursts. Channie especially was an issue for me once she came into her second name and discovered how powerful she could be. She became so selfish and callous, that I wasn't quite sure whether I even liked her!  Though that being said, I could understand her feelings and actions from her perspective. What teenager wouldn't throw their powers around and rebel if they could?? I know I would have loved to through a few itch spells my dad's way once or twice in my youth (Sorry Daddy!) I wasn't really sure if I was going to like Channie all that much, but she was growing up in front of my eyes, and I recognized that.

Channie's romance with Josh was sweet. The plot was predictable, and there was a whole lot of constant focus on these two to get down and dirty. I would have also enjoyed a bit more depth and time devoted to the enemies that her family was so afraid of, since there is such a great twist in the end (though I was not surprised by it).    

Charlotte Abel does have a gift. I couldn't stop reading. Regardless of all my eye rolling, I didn't want to put this book down. She has some sort of writing voodoo power over me. I may have fallen a lot harder for 'River's Recruit', but 'Enchantment' did not disappoint.

Author Bio:Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.

She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!)
The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," should be available by Christmas.

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