The Amaranth Enchantment
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 str...more
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The Amaranth Enchantment is about a commoner who crosses paths with a strange jewel, a strange woman, a thief, and a prince. Oh, and a goat that follows her around. It's not a rewrite of anything as far as I know, but it comes closest to a spin on Cinderella--a poor girl, a prince, and variations of the stepmother and fairy godmother.(less)
It was a quick read, and maybe a teen who devours anything with a fairy tale plot will enjoy it.
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
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
Highly recommended for the young ladies of your acquaintance or you might want ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
I completely adored Lucinda's ability to learn how to stand up for herself. Bonus points for not being a bumbling nitwit around Prince Gregor too. A strong, intelligent fe ...more
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
I liked it. There was some interesting stuff in there. But unfortunate ...more
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.
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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?”