The Amaranth Enchantment
Julie Berry
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The Amaranth Enchantment

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  7,990 ratings  ·  1,106 reviews

A delightful fairytale by a lyrical new voice.

When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a stri

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Published January 1st 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published March 3rd 2009)
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I was disappointed actually. Confusing, unsatisfying plot, I never sympathized with the protagonist, never saw why she liked the love interest. Obviously, anything with folkloric themes is going to be formulaic, but this managed to be formulaic without having any sort of clever addition.

It was a quick read, and maybe a teen who devours anything with a fairy tale plot will enjoy it.
Jan 31, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
Don't you love it when the book has a pretty cover? It makes the whole experience of reading that much better. Really . You know when you finish and look at the book longingly it makes you think " yeah the story deserved such a wonderful cover ". Ok now on to the story and to stop rambling about pretty pictures....

I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings so I went expecting to like it and that I did. This book uses some of the traditional Cinderella signatures. She is born of a wealthy family, l...more
The Amaranth Enchantment, Julie Berry's debut novel, has the shadow of a fairy tale in its soul. Yes, there's a prince, but not just any prince; this prince looks like he swallowed the sun for breakfast. Yes, there's a royal ball, but not just any royal ball; this ball is to announce the engagement of the prince to a princess who looks like she was sculpted from spun sugar. And then there's our heroine, Lucinda Chapdelaine, who has not only wit, but compassion as well, not to mention brains and...more
Jul 25, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I do love this book ... but then again, I wrote it. :) Advance readers, I would love to hear your thoughts!
"The Amaranth Enchantment" was an excellent fantasy book with lovable characters, a fast-paced plot, and a swoon-worthy romance!

Lucinda is an orphan, taken in by her uncle and wicked aunt. She is treated like a servant in their house and in their goldsmith shop. One day, everything changes when the mysterious woman known as the Amaranth Witch brings a spectacular gem into their shop to be set. The same day, Lucinda meets Prince Gregor, who is in search of a bauble to give his betrothed, whom he...more
Warnie B.
Part Cinderella story, part sci-fi story; it's an odd mix, and I'm not entirely sure it works all that well. The other world was an interesting twist, but bothered me in that both the world itself and the rules for coming and going from it seemed ill-defined, and ended up not really making much sense to me. It also bothered me that the relationships between various characters seemed to become too deep within too short a time period. I have a hard time with books where people fall in love at firs...more
This book was a sheer delight! Berry has created a fascinating world, and a mythology and magic that delighted me to know end. A romance, a mystery, an adventure . . . all the elements of a fairy tale are here, but the story is entirely new!
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Sep 24, 2008 Dottie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls - the 10-14 age is about right
Recommended to Dottie by: got an ARC - due out in March 09
This is the first novel by Julie Berry and it is a lovely fairy tale - aimed at ages 10-14 but I really enjoyed it. It gives nods to many of the classic fairy tale stories and includes everything you need - princes, lost inheritance, wicked step aunts, witches, evil lawyers,a magical stone and a loyal goat named DOG. The writing is lovely with wry touches of humor -even a well hidden moral or two - and a happy ending.

Highly recommended for the young ladies of your acquaintance or you might want...more
Written for young teens, but I loved this book- read it in two days. Ending was delightfully unexpected and heroine was very likeable.
When Lucinda Chapdelaine was just five years old, her parents left for the royal ball—and never came back. Since then, she has had no taste of her old fancy life, forced instead to work for her cruel aunt at a jewelry store. Then, as if by fate, a mysterious woman and her equally mysterious jewel enter the shop, and Lucinda’s life is irrevocably changed. This chance meeting and others acquaint Lucinda with a varied cast of characters including the Amaranth Witch, a street thief named Peter, and...more
Kristen Jorgensen
Yet another Cinderella story.

Lucinda Chapdelaine is orphaned after an unfortunate chariot accident. Rather than the luxurious estate she had in her small childhood Lucinda is instead forced to spend the rest of her youth with a cranky, greedy Aunt. Still more misfortune awaits her and she is forced to be brave as the true villain of the story comes after her.

Berry has managed to add a new twist in the age old fable along with a bit of prince and the pauper and science fiction to make the tale...more
I was tempted to give this four stars because the end was a tad dissapointing.

The entire novel was fun, witty, and a charm to read. It wasn't until page 200 or so that I realized I was reading a fairy tale that loosely resembled Cinderella, then I began noticing the similarities. However, it also had some other fairty tales mixed in (that if I revealed which ones, would give away too much plot). I found the writing to be enchanting but it ended too suddenly. I wanted more from this author who s...more
I'd hoped so much to like this book - and I did! It's a fun read, with enough brilliant moments that you know this first-time author is going to produce better and better books. The heroine overcomes any tendency to remain a victim, and by the end even the villains have a chance at redemption.
A very enjoyable book. Its got a good pace; it doesn't suck you in from the get go but it doesn't take too long to get the plot started. Lucinda is a likeable character. She gets tricked but she isn't stupid. She isn't mean but isn't a pushover. Overall she is a well rounded character.

The other characters are very interesting too. Like Peter, who is a bit self-centered but funny. Beryle who is kind and giving but has a dark secret.

The story got me hooked. Its got the bad guy, a few surprises,...more
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
This book was ok.It was kind of unbelievable though. Mainly because I DO NOT believe in love at first sight.I believe in lust at first sight however.But definitely not love.She met him 2-3 times then he was instantly her soul mate?! What?! Ummm I don't know if it just me, but I believe in REALLY getting to know someone before declairing that.Another thing did ruin it for me.The ending.It was the MOST rushed ending in the history of rushed endings.When the book ended I actually found myself to be...more
Brooke Shirts
A fairy-tale-esque story in the style of Gail Carson Levine. Lucinda is a girl who has gone from riches to rags after the mysterious death of her aristocratic parents, and now lives at the mercy of her shrewish aunt and uncle, who run a jewelry shop. When a mysterious woman --the legendary Amaranth Witch -- gives a magical stone to her uncle for safekeeping, Lucinda suddenly finds herself caught in a plot involving the witch, one rogue of a cute thief, a handsome prince, and a sinister sorcerer...more

Don't you just love the cover? I do. It drew me to the book immediately. Luckily, the text lived up to the promise of the cover. What is it about? Why should you read it? It's a fairy-tale-esque book that is satisfying through and through. Our heroine, Lucinda Chapdelaine, is an orphan, now fifteen. Her parents left to attend a royal ball and never returned. Now, ten years later, Lucinda finds herself in a bit of a mess. Her evil step-mom Aunt treats her as a servant--and a stupid one at that. H...more
Despite the two star rating, this book really was enjoyable. However, it was a very generic fantasy/fairy tale novel. One thing that really frustrated me was that the setting was so ambiguous that certain things seemed out of place. Details pointed me towards the Victorian Era (the use of the words hats, the emphasis on Christmas), but others suggested another era. The last names suggested France, but the first names were decidedly English. Berry was clearly going for her own made up place, but...more
I enjoyed many parts of this book, but mostly I felt it couldn't decide what type of book it wanted to be, and because of that I was always hesitant to warm up to any of the characters, because I waiting for the "rug to be pulled out from under me" so to speak.

Lucinda, our protagonist, has a great foundation for an interesting character (she's independent, clever, and determined), but ultimately I found her justification of her less-than-honest actions annoying at times (sometimes she did admit...more
The Amaranth Enchantment was a really fun, fairy tale sort of read. There was a lot more emphasis on a magical element than I was expecting from the synopsis, but I really enjoyed the addition in the story.

The story is beautifully written and the world that Berry created was fascinating, I only wish it would have been further explored.

Lucinda was a very relatable character, but I found her to be very naive at times. Allowing a strange thief to come in your bedroom late at night and then leavin...more
The Amaranth Enchantment is a fairytale style fantasy. It has some of the familiar features of a fairytale, but is not simply a rewriting of a traditional tale. The heroine is a formerly wealthy orphan now basically a slave to her uncle's wife. There's also a godmother type figure and a prince, a royal curse - and even a mysterious goat. But these familiar elements are entwined in a new way to make a completely original tale.

I liked it. There was some interesting stuff in there. But unfortunate...more
Here's a barn burner of a first book! Julie Berry gives us a gripping young heroine, feisty and hearty too. The narrative moves quickly, there's a beloved and lovable character named Dog, who though a four-footer is not a dog. There's a scoundrel. A prince. An enchantress. An ogre of an aunt. A thoroughly surprising and satisfying ending. Though I read it in a single go, I think this one deserves to be read out loud. Find a kiddo, make some hot chocolate, and sink into a wonderful story. Julie B...more
A magical and enchanting fairy tale all on it's own.
The Amaranth Enchantment is a sweet story of love and magic.
The writing is beautiful with a cast of colorful characters set in a world perfect for any escape that will entertain anyone looking for a happily ever after.
Arapahoe Library District
A blend of fantasy, supernatural, romance, and adventure. Lucinda is a great heroine - you couldn't help but root for her. Wrapped up a bit too neatly... but happy endings are nice. Fast read.
Jan 28, 2009 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who like high fantasy and princess-type books 10-14
Not very original in terms of setting or plot, but moved at a good pace and was engaging. I would have liked to know more about the Amaranth Witch character -- she remains undeveloped.
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There comes a time when you want to take a break from mind-bending books, complicated plots that make you want to spin your head like crazy, and just overall mental sucking exhaustion. The Amaranth Enchantment is your most welcome fix.

The writing has wonderful descriptions and is light-hearted in tone, which is much like the characters. There isn’t anyone terribly devious (with the exception of the obvious villain), and they all exude some sort of shining good quality. I love how Lucinda went ou...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
What’s better than a traditional Cinderella story? One that steals elements from the tale, but forges its own path. The Amaranth Enchantment is about a girl named Lucinda whose parents died in a horrible accident the night of a ball. She goes to live with her uncle and step-aunt, a woman who treats her like a servant. A magical woman—the book’s version of a fairy godmother—is the catalyst for Lucinda leaving to make it on her own. Following the elements of a fairy tale, she falls in love with a...more
The Amaranth Enchantment sounded so good when I read the blurb.

But blurbs are deceptive.

I find it really hard and disappointing to rate a historical--and fantastical!--book 2.5, but if I should be honest with myself, the book was a major let-down.

I was ready to give the book 5 stars at the beginning. I mean, why not? It was nice and funny. I LOVED Peter and Lucinda's first scene together. However, as the story progressed, everything went downhill.

I gave it 2.5 stars because I liked the plot...more
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“I don't suppose you believe love could last forever."
I'd hurt him. I looked away, chagrined.
"You're mistaken," I said. "I do believe it could. But it would depend upon the lovers."
He folded his arms and watched me, forcing me to return his gaze. Oh, those eyes.
"And what kind of lovers must they be?" he asked.
The You-and-Me kind?”
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