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Enchant (Volume 1) Paperback – October 30, 2017
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When we first meet Mara she is waking up from a vivid dream on the day of her high school graduation and her day only goes downhill from there. What should be a normal day for her ends up with death and her running away with a stranger who tells her shes a "Chosen One" enchanter and he's her Protector. She's now on the run from people who want her dead and her entire world has been turned upside down.
On their way to the safe house watching Mara and Theo bicker back and forth was hilarious and I knew we were going to have an amazing story between these two. The two of them would push each other's boundaries and get on each-others' nerves, but there is a bond there that can't be explained, until we find out what exactly the Protectors duty truly is.
When the two of them get to the safe house, Theo's protective attitude goes into full swing and things get interesting. Theo doesn't trust anyone with Mara except for his sister Adelaide and begrudgingly Winston who is also a Chosen One, everyone else he refuses to let them close to her. Throughout the book you can see that Theo has feelings for Mara and Mara definitely has feelings for Theo, but Theo refuses to let anything come of these feelings so everything becomes complicated between them. As Mara tries to accept her new life and the powers she is just starting to come into, as well as the threat of the Iniquitous always looming, I felt horrible for her. Everything in her life has changed so quickly and the one person she trusts the most keeps throwing her for a loop.
This book definitely had some angst, and some teenage drama, but what I really enjoyed the most was watching Mara truly grow into a new person while reading this. When we first met her she was weak and didn't really come out of her shell, but the time this book ended she was strong, and went after what she wanted. She was powerful, and strong and definitely was starting to understand who she was and was out for revenge. I hated and loved at the same time that this book ended in a cliff-hanger, and I am counting down the days till the next book comes out. Enchant was a book that I picked up on a whim as I have loved Micalea Smeltzers writing for a long time, and wanted to see what she could do with this genre, and I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely recommend picking this book up today, as I couldn't help but fall in love with Mara's story and I can't wait to see what's in store for her next!
The idea here is that Mara is a chosen one enchanter who is highly coveted. She is to do great things. What no idea. That is to come I believe. She doesn’t know she is an enchanter until Theo shows up at her high school graduation and sweeps her away from her home after a party gone wrong. Once she is swept away things go sideways for her. She is chased, trying to deal with her new world and now has theo as her protector. So many things are revealed to her her mind is reeling. At times she doesn’t handle things well. She is not nice and has a attitude when she isn’t dealing but overall a good person. Theo brings out her sarcastic side. Now they are at what is a safe house for enchanters and Mara most learn about being an enchanter and quickly for the Iniquitous won’t stop looking for her. She meets some nice people and some real jerks. Most of this time to learn is about her relationship with Theo and Winston. it is her growth time. She is one that you warm up to as she grows into her own.
Theo is Mara’s protector. His powers are different and it seems may be different than other protector’s as well. He doesn’t reveal much of what he knows to Mara and this does irritate her. You can tell he doesn’t trust those around him easily. Some not at all. When you see him with his sister Adelaide and hear their tale your heart warms. He is a strong character filled with sarcasm and very confident. You can tell he is a good protector just has some cockiness in him. During this time at the safe house you watch him struggle with his feelings for Mara. Feelings he shouldn’t have but does. So because of this he runs hot and cold with Mara giving her more frustration. This to me is fun to watch because you normally don’t see such a struggle in the man and have it be so open and he is open about it.
Adelaide is Theo’s sister who he is really overprotective of. Like her brother she isn’t one that follows the rules. She becomes one of Mara’s friends and helps her navigate the world of being and enchanter. She is one I instantly liked. Her brother is another
Winston is like Mara. He is honest and nice. I love how he wants to protect Mara as well. He’s another instalike. I love how he gets Theo’s goat.
The story is unique in the twists it gives in the plot line. It is one that doesn’t give much information but does in clues so you are intrigued but also know that eventually you will find all your questions will be answered. It’s fast paced with flawed characters who are honest. You are left wondering who can be trusted like Theo had always questioned and with one clue to find the truth. A story that keeps you in the moment and wanting more.
The story starts with a mystery feel. Our leads, Mara and Theo, at first I wasn't so sure about them, their perceived relationship, Theo came off as over confident and a jerk without much depth and Mara a bit naive and detached. However, the more I read the more I knew I was wrong. There was more, A LOT more to both of them, and their behaviour is more about protecting themselves than anything else.
I love the uniqueness in this story. For now I'd say it's more Fantasy than Paranormal, more New Adult than YA. Smeltzer's writing always amazes me, she reels you in and soon you're in another world. The details from the writing to her cover! It all matches, clicks, and connects.
And that ending! It has left me with many, many questions and desperate for the installment, like yesterday!
I need more Theo and Mara!
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I don't really know what to say right now, other than that ending! Oh my gosh, that ending was everything. Can I have book two? Like yesterday?Read more
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