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Stolen Enchantress

(Forbidden Forest #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,070 ratings  ·  196 reviews
A beast. An enchantress. An unbreakable curse . . .
When her little sister is taken by the beast of the Forbidden Forest, Larkin does the unthinkable: she goes in after her.

Deep within the sentient woods, Larkin uncovers a secret that puts her in dreadful danger. Worse, now that the beast has had his taste, he’ll never stop hunting her. But the forest has woken something in
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 9th 2018 by Starling Publishing
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Amber Argyle
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have no clever words left. They're all trapped in this book.
Here's a snippet of a song inside:
Within the shadows of the trees,
The beast doth live, the beast doth breathe.
When days does and shadows grow,
the beast without his kingdom goes.
Shadows his cloak, magic his staff;
His snaggily claws reach ‘n grasp
Snatching the virgins from their dreams,
Never a chance to voice their screams.
Back to the forest he doth go
To nibble and dribble their bones just so.
 Simply Sam ツ
I was wavering between 4 and 5 stars but figured why not just round up. I'm in a charitable mood I guess. Larkin gets a at times, though I'm on the fence between admiring her tenacity and face palming because she just doesn't get it. There's also a little too much back and forth and back and forth (capture, escape, repeat) but I honestly COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. It's an extremely fascinating world, with a suitably creepy forest (which I adore) and one that still has pl ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was... frustrating. I will start with the good. The premise was neat, and the world building pretty good. I was excited to read it. I even enjoyed the hero, despite the dubious circumstances of their relationship.

Now for the not so good. Larkin. Larkin was an immature, whining pain in the ass. So many times, I just wanted to slap her for being a complete moron. Even within a single scene, her decisions changed like lightning from understandable to nonsensical. She just stubbornly refu

I'm kind of all over the place, having a hard time deciding what to write and how to rank this one. I was sucked in from the start and could not put it down. I haven't read a long book like this in a while, but the pages just flew by. Overall, I really liked it and liked the characters and storyline. Ms. Argyle is a gifted writer and storyteller. She's able to create unique characters, evil villains and a new world that is so well developed. Now, I'm not sure if I can write the rest without g
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Stolen Enchantress was a beautiful story! It was so magical and full of life. It had an original story line. I was captivated from the first page!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Unique Stars****

This was definitely a very unique kind of story and I was sucked in after the first 1/4 of the book. I absolutely LOVED the world building once inside of the forest!

Can't wait for the next book in this series!
Thank goodness this whole series is out. I don't like series and normally will only read the first book but this is different. It's been a long time since I wanted to read the second book. Can I survive it? This book had me biting my nails. This poor girl is a danger magnet. I thought it would get old but this book is just all about a time of peril, it worked. I couldn't put this book down and was pretty frustrated being interrupted, so you might want to start when you have few interruptions. Th ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book was exactly what I needed to read even though I didn't know it. When Amber Argyle says she has a new book coming out, I'm the girl in the front of the line with my hand raised, jumping up and down saying, "pick me, pick me!" I think what draws me to her books is the way she creates original and fascinating places and people that just pull me right in. Her books are outside my normal, go to genre but I really love that. Fantasy isn't usually my favorite, but when it comes to Amber Argyl ...more
The idea for the premise of mixing two popular fairy tales was worthy, but after reading the result of the execution, I'm convinced this book would've worked much better as a purely Pied Piper retelling, sans the Beauty and the Beast inserts, which didn't work as well as intended. As an original fantasy plot it'd have worked well also, without the need for borrowing elements of any of these tales. ...more
it feels unfair one of the first books i read in 2019 (and after a long break from goodreads/reading for fun in general) would be absolutely abysmal. really, this book features one of the most grotesque excuses for a fantasy romance that i've read in a while, and what makes it extra galling are the attempts to lampshade the grossness unsuccessfully. it's also unrelentingly grim, at least for the first quarter of the book, and lacks subtlety both from the author and the protagonist. oh, and there ...more
2.5 stars

It was really good at first. Around 40% of the way in, it all went to shit. The forbidden forest was dangerous. Women were lured there and never seen again. Of course things weren't what they seemed. The world building was good, but it wasn't enough to save the story.

It's hard to get into a book when you can't stand the main character. Larkin irritated the hell out of me. She did one stupid thing after another and constantly put herself and others in danger. Learning from her mistakes w
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Amber Argyle for giving me this book to review.

Stolen Enchantress is a fast-paced YA fantasy which I really enjoyed. It had brilliant world building and magic system, along with well written characters and a fairytale feel to the novel. The only thing I was not a fan of was why the girls were taken but I cannot say more without spoiling the book.

Larkin is a protective, loyal and caring person, and is a really good protagonist who is stuck in a society which sees her as possession and j
J.M. Stengl
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it kept me reading, although at times I was tempted to skim or skip through. I enjoyed the premise and the story world.

The heroine, Larkin, seems strong and distinctive at first. I appreciate her loyalty to family and friends, but her internal drama and naivete get wearing before the halfway point. Most of the conflict toward the end of the book depends on her refusal to communicate with the hero she supposedly trusts, which makes the clima
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-and-read, kindle, favs

I just cant.

This book........OMG!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! UGGGGHHHH @@^#&%$^# I don't want to wait for the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need it NOOOOWWWW!!!!!

The mix of fairy tales and witch/enchantress type magic is just perfection.

The characters and the world and the rawness of real like horrors....all mixed in with fairy's pure MAGIC.

I don't even really know what to say.

At times the book is SOO frustrating because you know things the character doesn't know yet, and you know the tru
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
3.5 stars
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

The cover is a piece of art, and the blurb for once says the truth: this book is a sort of The Pied Piper meets The Beauty and the Beast for real and the author shows an imagination rich and wonderful. I love the cover and I think that it’s the right one for this story.

And what a story! This is a highly enjoyable reading, even if I wasn’t so enamored, because it was too much angsty for my tastes. I prefer something with l
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favorites
Oh my gosh I loved this!!!

Larkin goes into the forrest to save her little sister, Sela from being taken but while trying to rescue Sela Larkin gets marked by the beast.

Bane her best friend and hopefully soon to be husband says no she is mine and the beasts of the forrest cant have her but the druids and townspeople disagree she is marked for death. If the forrest doesnt get what t wants it will come after us all.

Larkin is sent into the forrest where she again meets the beast. Denan who is not
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

I was a little hesitant about this--I'd nearly bought it a few times in the past, but something drew me away--but I decided since I have kindle unlimited right now to finally try it out. After all, a lot of books I was hesitant about in the past turned out really great.

I wasn't disappointed! This story has fantastic atmosphere, good emotional depth, worthwhile conflict, interesting ideas, a romance I could actually fathom, a very likeable male lead, and a her
One of my most favourite books is In the Coils of the Snake, I read it a long time ago and have never, not once, been close to finding a book similar to that one. Ever. Until now. This book brings such good memories despite it being a rather dark theme through out the story. Similarly, the H has a thing for the h right from the beginning, and singles her out amongst the other girls in the h's village through her youngest sister. (in ITCOTS Nir, the elf H has his powers telling him that a human g ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Argyle's Fairy Queens-series and when I started reading Stolen Enchantress I was a little bit afraid my high expectations were going to ruin the experience. I needn't have worried. Stolen Enchantress drew me in from the very first page and didn't let go until the very last. It is a beautifully written fantasy with a lovely fairytale-like feel to it. It's captivating and suspenseful, filled with magic, love, intriguing characters and a battle for freedom.

As always, Argyle impre
Tiffany Marin

Any girl unlucky enough to enter the forbidden forest, never returns...until one did. Larkin should have been watching her little sister better; she should have been keeping a wary eye on the trees surrounding her family’s fields. But, she let her mind wander for just a moment, and now little Sela has disap
Gabriela Mendez
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my first 5 star read of the year, I think my reading list is very poor or my moods are just not for it.
This book was a breath of fresh air, fast paced, filled with adventures and mystery, lies and deceit.

I loved how Larkin evolved from being nothing to finding herself. You can see how a little bit of power can change the life of the oppressed. Also if proves how, no matter what life throws at you, an honest person will stay steadfast.
All the characters have depth, all well deve
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I finished this book months ago, but realized I didn't write my review.) This book is amazing. The story, the characters, the setting. Everything. Amber is a fantastic story teller and I love her books. This book is original and magical. I loved it! ...more
(2.5 stars)
This is by far more a Pied Piper retelling than a Beauty and the Beast tale, and the elements that remain true to the PP storyline are the most intriguing of the story. The first chapter was just stupid AF to me, with the ridiculous cliche of: 1) rescuing a sister, 2) crazy Maisy (who was just overboard in this first bit and then semi-improved 3) everything. Just everything was a cliche.

Things I personally hated: the MC was just stupid AF. I didn't loooooathe her, but I just thought
Carlynne Toomey
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's entrancing, the characters are deep and well developed and the story world is utterly believable! The story has a fantastic female lead character and is suspenseful and full of imagination. Amber Argyle has done it again! I love her style of writing and have not read anything of hers that I haven't loved. I highly recommend this to all fantasy fans! ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling fantasy adventure that pulls the reader in and holds him in a tight grip until the very last word.
Larkin leads a tough life in a small town next to the Forbiddrn forest. Aside from her dysfunctional family, abusive father, and the monsters and dangers coming from the forest, she must now face the threats coming from the townspeople, her own sister, and the black druids because of coming back from the forest unharmed and saving her sister. Desperate to survive, she lets herself being
Jolene Perry
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic female lead character, incredible world that I just wanted to soak up and breathe in and love... The tension between characters was spot on. The world was amazing. This is everything I love about fantasy.

This is a total read and re-read.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Amber Argyle returns with a new book and a new series! Forbidden Forest is a young adult fantasy series with a rich world filled with intricate lore and incredible magic.

Our story follows Larkin, a young woman who is currently trying to help take care of her family but longs for a life that doesn't require her to be tied down. She's caring and devoted to those she cares for and isn't afraid to place herself in danger if it means protecting someone else. One of my favorite tropes in YA is seeing
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To sum up this book I will say that this is a YA fantasy book and it also has a girl power edge to it. Add in some magic and a mysterious curse and you have one fun tale.

I do have to say one thing about this book. I also think it is why some people shy away from YA in general. I admit to becoming frustrated with characters in this book. However, unlike other YA, I did not become frustrated with the main character. She was naive, but that is to be expected. I was frustrated with everyone around h
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-faves
This book! This book is everything! I read it in one sitting and it was only $3.99 on Amazon for the Ebook but I'm really considering buying the Paperback edition just so I can hold it in my hands. It was wonderful! I loved it!

It's a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the Pied Piper (why are there not more Pied Piper retellings????).

“They’re giving you to me?” Denan said softly. “One of their most prized possessions, presented like a bird in a cage.”

Synopsis: Larkin should have bee
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this fantasy. This story is well written- plenty of suspense! The main character has some great adventures and expereinces some major life changes as a result. I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo

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