When Maren runs away from the threat of a forced marriage, the last place she expects to end up is the Malvagarian Palace, home to the enchanted gardens, a cursed prince, and a magical rose that traps her there. Crown Prince Briar isn’t pleased to be stuck with a troublesome guest, especially one as mischievous and curious as Maren. She, on the other hand, is determined to escape, but instead finds herself inconveniently falling in love with him. Despite her lack of beauty, feelings steadily blossom between her and the prince.
Their budding romance is soon threatened when sinister magic begins to eclipse the enchanted gardens, a darkness which quickly spreads not only to the kingdom, but to the king himself. In order to stop it, Briar and Maren will both be forced to make a heart-wrenching sacrifice, only to realize that the gardens’ requirements may prove too high a price.
Camille Peters was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up surrounded by books. As a child, she spent every spare moment reading and writing her own stories on every scrap of paper she could find. Becoming an author was always more than a childhood dream; it was a certainty.
Her love of writing grew alongside her as she took local writing classes in her teens, spent a year studying Creative Writing at the English University of Northampton, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and History. She’s now blessed to be a full-time author.
When she’s not writing she’s thinking about writing, and when’s she’s not thinking about writing she’s…alright, she’s always thinking about writing, but she can also be found reading, at the piano, playing board games with her family and friends, or taking long, bare-foot walks as she lives inside her imagination and brainstorms more tales.
Ah, but this was a difficult book child, my most stubborn one yet, not to mention retelling such a beloved fairy tale as Beauty and the Beast is quite the daunting task. But now that it’s finished, it’s the most rewarding story I’ve written so far, and I love it all the more, both because of how special it’s become after I pushed through the effort to create a book I’m very proud of, or because of all the growth I experienced during the writing process. I hope that your sojourn in the enchanted gardens brings magic to your life, that the story touches you in some way, and that you come to love it as much as I now do.
I have to start off my review by saying that if you are a Fairy tale loving reader, you must read this series of retellings. Camille Peters is a very talented and imaginative author. I've loved the books and characters of this series a lot! I've loved the world that she's built for them as well as all the different characters and how they crossover in the different books.
Beauty and the Beast is definitely one of my all time favorite fairytales. So when I knew that Prince Briar was going to be getting his story and it was a B&B retelling, I was super excited. And then the author revealed the cover to the book and I was drawn in even more. Not to mention that I really liked Prince Briar in the previous book, it all amped up my desire to read this one. And let me tell you I was not disappointed!
I'm slow writing my review for this book...two months slow. Usually I try to write my reviews shortly after reading the book but life was a little crazy (I think everyone is feeling that right now). But, even with having waited this long to write my review I have to say that the descriptions of the gardens at Prince Briar's palace are still just as vivid and alive in my imagination and memory. I thought they were so enchanting and quite incredible for the author to come up with them. They truly are one of the glowing aspects of this book! The musical garden was amazing! I would love to go sit amidst those flowers and greens for hours! And the scene that happens at that garden...happy, happy sigh!
Not only are the gardens amazing but I loved the sweet love story and romance between Prince Briar and Maren. Be still my heart! I think I highlighted whole chapters because I loved the interaction between these two so much in that scene/chapter. This one goes into my pretty much highlighted the whole book because I love it category! *shrugs* I'm a book highlighter and proud of it!
I loved seeing the main characters from the previous books. Especially when they were needed to help Briar when there's a curse brewing on the castle grounds. Maren is trying to figure out how best to help him. I loved her thinking outside the box to do so. Even though her curiosity has caused a big problem to everyone. She stepped forward admitting her mistake and working to fix it. Even if Briar was a big cranky about it. #trueloveconquersall (not a real # just an FYI, just for my review).
I hope you take the chance on reading this book and this series! You can read the books as stand alones but I love all the connections and loved reading them in order. These books are great for readers of all ages (well early teens and up).
Content: Clean. Some magic and mild moments of peril. Some sweet romance.
I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
This was a fun version of Beauty and the Beast! I loved that it wasn't the Beast character keeping the girl hostage, but rather his magical garden! Interestingly enough, this one involved him devolving into a beast, which makes much more sense for why the girl would fall in love with him!
One of the most enchanting retellings of "Beauty and the Beast" I've encountered, with characters that you come to love easily, and an interpretation of the curse that I'd not seen before, so there goes my thumbs up for that.
The storyline doesn't adhere to the classical plot of the fairy tale all that closely, but it does keep its main beats and does respect the essence of the tale, which is something I always keep in mind even above originality and twists. In this retelling, there's a Beauty and a Beast, but both have elements from either character whilst still staying clear-cut and recognisable in their respective roles: the Beauty character, Maren, isn't a traditional belle, and the Beast character, Prince Briar, isn't a traditional beast. Another detail that I appreciated is that the male lead isn't an ass as is often the unfortunate case in many retellings of this tale.
Oh, and the way the curse is broken! That was easily the best combination of love and self-sacrifice that could've been done, very fitting with the overall story.
Of course, this being part of a series, which I didn't realise at first, there's a plethora of characters and scenes that will read superfluous if you're not familiar with the series. I wasn't, and I did struggle at times to see the point of so many princes and princesses popping out of nowhere to interact with the main characters from this one. It can feel bloated, and add to the slow pace, if you're not patient and just focus on the story without worrying too much if you don't know who is who. A bit of editing would've polished the novel more, too, but it isn't something that takes away from the story at large. I'll be reading more from this author, a new one to me, because I've liked her style here.
Content Review: Elements of danger and quiet references to some unsavory behavior, but never fear, the romance, violence, and language is CLEAN.
This book is a TRIUMPH! Beauty and the Beast is a difficult fairy tale to re-imagine simply because it's been told time and time again (Tale as old as time, indeed). In 'Enchantment', Peters will keep reader's noses firmly in this book through her truly unique and engaging tale. In this version, our Beauty is a rather plain looking, curious young woman named Maren who has fled her oppressive father and a forced marriage arrangement, and is determined to find the freedom that has been kept out of her reach. "How could a previously caged bird know where to fly when she hadn't seen much of the world?" Her plans for freedom, however, become tangled when she unknowingly picks a spelled rose and finds herself trapped in the enchanted palace with the crown prince. As danger and darkness threaten to overcome the kingdom, Maren will put her heart on the line and risk everything in order to save her country and the man she finds herself falling for more and more.
I appreciated the premise of being trapped in the castle because of a spell, rather than being a prisoner of the 'beast' in exchange for her kidnapped father. That part of the usual Beauty and the Beast story has always made me a tad bit uncomfortable, so it was a nice change to have this organic romance, without the sour taste of Stockholm Syndrome. I absolutely loved the enchanted gardens and the way the characters could interact with the plants, instead of the usual invisible servants or even an enchanted teacup, candlestick, and clock. Truly a unique telling! My favorite part of the novel, however, was that even though Maren knew that others did not consider her a beauty, she knew her own worth, and was content to be herself. It was a refreshing change. (I also appreciated the cameos of some of my favorite characters). Once again, this book is a triumph. Peters delivers a satisfyingly sweet romance, filled with enough danger and intrigue to satisfy the adventurers out there.
Recommended for fans of K.M. Shea, Lucy Tempest, Melanie Cellier, and Brittany Fitcher.
I received an ARC in exchange for a review. All the opinions and thoughts posted above are my own. Although it should be noted that I was so excited to be allowed an ARC that when I received the email, I squealed for a solid thirty seconds. Happy Reading!
If you're looking for a fabulous fairy tale romance with a dash of magic this is the book for you! Camille Peters truly turns this well beloved fairy tale on its head, giving us, as she always does, a beautiful and unique telling of the well beloved tale, Beauty and the Beast. Who has ever read a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Beauty isn't necessarily considered beautiful, and Beast doesn't start out as a Beast? Maren is running away from an unwanted engagement only to get herself trapped in an enchanted garden, with endearing magical vines, all because of her curiosity. She soon meets Prince Briar, who is unlike any prince she has ever heard of. He is not afraid of a bit of dirt and hard work while also being loving and tender with his garden, much as he cares for his kingdom. However, before long something dark and sinister begins seeping into the enchanted garden and together they must not only discover what is wrong, but they must figure out how to break a curse and save the kingdom. This was an exciting and enchanting adventure all the way through to the end, full of beautiful symbolism about beauty, light and dark as so much more, juxtaposed with lovable and fun characters. This book was an excellent addition to the fabulous Kingdom Chronicles where you get several past character cameos, but could also be read as a stand-alone book.
Positives: I liked the writing. Ever since the first book, I've been impressed by the solidity of Camille Peter's writing. She's also got a great handle on how to tell a story and progress everything smoothly. Every character fit into their role and everything was nicely explored. And the setting was so beautifully fleshed out! And honestly, she's improved a LOT from the first book, especially concerning characterization and romance.
Negatives: Nothing particularly negative. I found a few typos and perhaps the first person narration made the heroine's voice feel a bit too similar to the other's (nothing wrong with that, as it is the same author writing it). There were also the multiple apologies in the book inserted, which didn't exactly bother me. It was more of the little mistakes that led to the apologies, which were mostly misunderstandings and, yes, it's good to apologize for inadvertedly hurting someone, but it's not entirely your fault when they won't open their mouths (especially if you'd held back on unwanted interrogations)...
Opinion: Hmm...so I really did not like this author's first book. But I was very muchly impressed by her writing abilities that I skipped the second book (which I returned to later) and read the third and fourth which were...pretty good! In fact, Reflection was great! And after this one, it's safe to say the author really has imporved greatly on her handling of characters, their flaws and virtues, and emotional reactions to certain things. Also, I've figured out what seemed off to me about her books. They sort of follow a subtle formula of a chaotic(ish) meeting, developement of relationship, sinister plot introduced to the side, some screw-ups from the hero and heroine (who usually have one character trait specified), and a big snap of disaster when all seems lost only to be remedied by an earlier realization. And knowing that, I can safely continue reading these books comfortably (I also might be very much off but I did file this under opinion. :P). They're a bit sappy, but they're still fun! And you actually grow curious as to the next fairy tale and the characters she'll tackle next.
Also, I did love Maren and Briar. They were such fun together!!
Content: Clean, except for clean YA kisses (as opposed to clean middle grade kisses and just kissing in general). Some violence and dark-ish things, but it all remains fairly light.
There are only so many types of enchanted servants you can find in Beauty and the Beast retellings. But have you ever read one in which they're plants?
I'll admit I actually haven't read that many B&B retellings, but I can say that out of them all, this one has to be the most unique! I loved that Camille Peters took a different approach to the fairytale by putting a spin on the rose garden part of the original story. Magical plants are so much fun to read about, and as soon as I read about the Maglavarian royal gardens in the previous installment of the series, I knew I was in for a treat. And of course, Camille's descriptions in this book are as breathtaking and vivid as I've come to expect from her writing, and in this book they truly shine!
The characters, of course, continue to be delightful to read about and journey with. Prince Briar was a favorite from Reflection, and it was wonderful getting to know him better in his own story. Maren was a fun and quirky main character, impossible not to like. I also really liked Rhea's cameos here-- proof that happily-ever-afters aren't perfect endings!
My only dislike for this book was in the overall writing style. The author uses words like "incredibly" or "amazing" far too much for the flow of narration, and there's only so many times I need to be told that he/she is incredibly sweet, kind, or gentle. But if you're not bothered by little things like that (or if you're willing to overlook them), you'll easily be swept away by this charming fifth novel in the Kingdom Chronicles.
In short, this was really enjoyable. I've never read a B&B retelling that had me this frightened by the Beast! (Okay, so maybe "frightened" isn't the right word, but you'll see what I mean once you get there.) I don't think I'd be able to choose between this and Reflection, but who knows? I'm definitely excited for Camille's next release!
For anyone in search of a fresh and meaningful retelling of an almost tired fairytale, you'll find quite a gem in Enchantment.
*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required; all views and opinions expressed are my own.*
I have to start by saying that this series has some of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen and the story found beneath this beauty was delightful.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my most favorite fairy tales and Peters does a phenomenal job of translating this tale into something fresh, making her own mark in the retelling world. The way she builds this world into something tangible is amazing and incorporating plants and nature is ingenious.
I'm a sucker for a crown prince and Briar was an intriguing character. I loved the way he interacted with Maren, how he stuck up for her, and the way they worked together to unravel mysteries, magic, and more in this winsome fairy tale romance. A book with charismatic characters is always a bonus and I really enjoyed watching the progression. Although there were few characters to start with, the ending had an influx and the climax was dazzling, making my head spin and giving me slight anxiety.
This book is long, so give yourself some time to get through it, but if you love fairy tales like I do, you'll enjoy it.
Content: mild romance; mild moments of danger/peril/adventure
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!! I love the journey we go on with Maren. I especially loved getting to know Prince Briar in this book by getting a front row seat to his duties; It added to the regal theme of the story!
There are so many fun magical elements in this book with the Enchanted gardens. I adore the imagination and creativity in this story!! Each chapter brings something new!
I started this last night, and I cannot tell you how difficult it was not to stay up reading it! Camille Peters did it again! This lady has such talent and imagination! The world building in this one was impeccable! And she’s definitely getting better with her HATMOV scenes! This one was the best so far! There was a weird scene towards the end that felt like it didn’t quite fit, but I believe it was good that it was there, because it paid off something that was sort of set up at the beginning, so brava!!! These books are super clean, but there is quite a bit of kissing and touching. This book was so fun to read! I love the world, the characters, these books are so good! My only complaint, is that the word enchant/enchanting was used 6 times. This sort of thing bothers me, but yeah. 😅 Other than that, I absolutely recommend this book!!!
So Adorable!! I have not read many Beauty and the Beast retellings, but this one is definitely one of the most unique books I have ever read! The creativity of Peters is astounding! So many different enchanted gardens that are interconnected and yet completely separate. I loved the play on Briar's name! I really loved how the relationship grew between Briar and Maren. I love how she is not a beauty but ok with that and really lets herself be herself. It was very empowering. She is not afraid to be who she is and that is a very good statement.
Thank you to Camille Peters for an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review. These opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this take on beauty and the beast. So creative. I loved Marin and Briar(even though I did not care for his name). I loved their chemistry and that night in garden... sigh...
My one and only complaint with this series is I feel like they drag a bit. I love the book but I start to feel like “okay, we need to wrap this up now!” If the book was 20 % shorter you would still have all the goods with less drag IMO.
Who could imagine a garden of such beauty? Certainly not Maren who stumbles upon it and finds refuge with it and its prince as she escapes her father’s plan to sell her off through marriage to an abusive, brute of a man. However, this garden is not just another feast for the eyes. Rather, with each flower or shrub, a will or even a personality is revealed. It scales the whole range too, from protecting to sympathetic to kind to stubborn to even playful, so much like our own experiences that the garden becomes as much a part of the journey as Maren and Prince Briar. Yet with the splendor of the garden experience comes the other side, the unpleasant one. The garden can be ruined in a moment from the effects. And that’s what begins to happen to this garden when a dark magic finds its release. Yet gardens aren’t confined to just the one you can see. There are the ones cultivated in the deepest corners of one’s heart. Maren knows that from her experience. Over the years, no one has seen any resemblances of loveliness from her, like the rose that individuals cannot see beyond the thorns embedded in it or look past their perceived flaws in it. Sadly, it leaves its mark on Maren, and it takes considerable work to undo the damage. “Whatever you’ve been led to believe about yourself, there are men who will see deeper and cherish you for who you are; I doubt you have to look very far to find him.” (Enchantment) And it proves wise counsel that Maren begins to consider, like a seed tentatively sprouting up. For Briar is that man, a prince in title and heart. He accepts Maren for who she is and delights in her free spirit; she’s like the rare flower in a garden of sameness to him. He’s gentle and kind and surprisingly humble for the position he holds. He has his own deeply rooted secrets though and keeps them buried. Eventually though poison in some form will find its way into any garden. It seeped its way in, got through his defenses, headed straight for the center of his garden to his very heart determined to strip it of everything that is good. So, the battle begins, one to reclaim the beauty of the gardens. For Maren, Briar has weeded out the lies of the past and she started to grow lovelier every second in the glow of his love. So now she’ll do whatever it takes to stop the spread of the toxin in Briar and restore him to the man she loves. For Briar, even as he feels himself slipping further into the darkness, he’ll fight to hold on to that last piece of himself because of what he found with Maren. Together, they’ll fight to recapture the magnificence of the gardens and end the curse forever.
Even though this is based on Beauty and the Beast, there isn’t much of the original tale in this. I love when books just use elements of the old fairy tales and strike their own entirely original paths. It makes them far more unpredictable and thrilling. This is a beautiful romantic tale, with the gardens being the main focal point and everyone else being a bit upstaged by them. The palace grounds are extensive with many interlocking gardens, some of which are themed, and most of it is sentient, whispering to Maren, and yes, I was entranced by the gardens which reminded me of the Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand as Maren spent days exploring. This is Crown Prince Briar’s second appearance in these books, after appearing in Reflection. Though he was probably having a bad day when he first accosts Maren in the garden, man-handling and shouting at her for picking the rose (which wasn’t really addressed at any point), he does eventually revert back to the kind, quiet, shy prince that I liked from Reflection, though a bit more animated since we’re now on his home turf. I loved Briar from the previous book and felt like he wasn’t really given a chance. So, I was looking forward to this book where we would see more of him (it’s sad that the book didn’t actually have him as the main focal character). And I loved seeing Drake and Rhea and even Liam from the previous books (I adore Liam so much!). Maren, however, remained a weak point in the book. When she first appears in the book, she’s selfish, flighty, stuck on her appearance, superficial, a spoiled brat, and really doesn’t understand the concept of not hers to touch. Her appearance is a running theme throughout the book, how she dwells on the idea that she’s not as pretty as other women, which was like nails on chalkboard to me. I was hoping she would improve during the book and grow up a bit, but she retained all of her failings, and when she starts falling for the prince, she adds clingy, needy, and jealous to her downfalls, to the point of I was having trouble finding anything to actually like about her, and was really struggling to see why Briar liked her. While I loved the moments between Briar and Maren and the garden, and I loved the large issue of the second half of the book, but there were plot points I really didn’t care for, like the depressing time spent watching the king deteriorate with dementia (I read fantasy for uplifting escapism and adventure. Not to be depressed), and the reoccurring preoccupation with the fact that Rhea couldn’t carry a child to term, continually harping on her miscarriages like it was a great failing in life that she couldn’t have a child. There’s nothing wrong with not having children, but yet they were making out like it wasn’t a happily ever after unless children were on the way. Children are not the end-all be-all goal and it feels archaic to have it be. In all, this book felt like it didn’t need to be the length that it was. It felt like it took an age to read and that plot points and dialogue were repeated over and over and over and really needed a heavier hand at editing for content. It felt like this book was twice the size it should have been. But it is still a beautiful romance, and I'm glad we had a kind, quiet, shy, and often insecure prince in this one, slowly maturing.
Ahhhhh! I loved this book! I was so excited to read Enchantment and it was so good. I have loved Briar ever since I read about him in Reflection, Rhea’s book, and I was so happy to have a book about him. Enchantment is the long awaited book about Briar, okay well it was only a couple of months but it felt like forever. Enchantment is the fifth book in Camille Peter’s Kingdom Chronicles and it totally bypassed the other books as my favorite, though I still really like Identity. Enchantment is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. And even though I have read many Beauty and the Beast retellings, this is definitely my favorite! Camille puts her own spin on a well loved fairy tale, and it was so interesting. Usually in Beauty and the Beast, the beast is a surly mean man but in Enchantment, Briar is so much more. He is kind and he is just trying to do his best for his kingdom. I loved Enchantment, Maren and Briar were so cute together. She brought out the playful side of him and he helped her stay grounded. It was so cute reading about them falling in love. But their relationship will have to weather some heavy storms, they will have to stop the darkness that threatens their kingdom and they will have to figure out what it means to care about each other. Mari was so much fun to read about. She was so cheerful and mischievous, she made me laugh and want to smile. But she also had hidden depth, there was more to her than meets the eyes. She was so upset to be stuck in the Malvagaria castle, but as she stayed there and started to get to know Briar she started to find herself falling for him. However, she knows that she doesn’t belong there so she shouldn’t hope for more right? Briar is by far my favorite character. He was just as sweet as I thought he would be. I felt so bad for him, he was carrying such a heavy load. He was the heir and he was cursed. But he was still kind, he didn’t let his circumstances define him. At first he didn’t quite know what to do about Mari, but as he got to know her she became someone who could complete him. But what will he do when things start to get hard and he finds himself changing before his own eyes? I adored Enchantment and I would definitely recommend it. I don’t want to spoil anything but you need to read this book! I don’t know what else to say but tell you that it was amazing and it is my favorite of her books. I absolutely can’t wait to read Voyage and see what kind of adventure Princess Seren goes on!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
** I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
I first read Pathways when it came out and I was extremely hopeful for it, while the cover was stunning I found the story line stilted. I continued to read the series but while they were getting better I still had major issues with each book, but I held on because I could see Peter's writing was getting better and with each new installment I started to skip less pages. We were getting there...
When I picked up Enchantment I have to admit I was slightly worried it took the first chapter for me to get into and I was concerned this would be lackluster again for me. Instead I was so happily surprised! Once the story line got rolling Peters finally seems to find her stride! I truly enjoyed Briar and Maren's interactions with each other. Before Peters really struggling with dialog that dragged and added nothing, along with pages of description. This instead was perfect- it was actual genius! While it borrowed from Beauty and the Beast and Snow White it was actually a very creative and interesting new take on a favorite classic. Maren, curious, forgiven and never to be defeated knew her own worth (I love this theme that was discussed but not beaten to death like previous themes in Peters books) was a wonderful balance for Briar who was so serious and struggled to find his place and confidence as the new king. Their relationship was so interesting and sweet to watch grow and the backdrop of an enchanted garden kept me turning pages late into the night and early hours of the morning.
Overall 5 WELL DESERVED stars for Enchantment! I'm so pleased with how this book came out and I am very excited for the next installment which I believe is with Princess Serena and a King Thrushbeard retelling, which also happens to be my favorite. Also for those who like seeing scenes with previous main characters you will be happy to note that most make a small appearance in Enchantment.
This book is definitely a must-read. Peters spins a wonderful story that, although it is a fairytale, still has many elements that captivate readers with its realistic themes.
The plot kept me on my toes and reading late into the night. A component that really sells me in a book, is a situation that is utterly hopeless. And Peters delivered just that. Maren and Briar had to hold tightly to each other to make it through their trials.
The characters were so real. Although Maren wasn't your typical "Beauty," it made her that much more relatable. Her struggle with her family relationship and outward beauty endeared her to me. And Briar's hesitance to accept that he would be a good king even with Maren's urgings was both extremely heartbreaking and remarkably genuine. Oh! And his kindness and gentleness!!! OHHHHH. I was crying with happiness for Maren that she had such an amazing, sweet man.
The garden was such a fun addition to the story. Peters' descriptions of the many gorgeous gardens really painted a clear picture in my mind. The garden's characterization was very enjoyable, too.
Drake and Rhea's part in the story was so sweet. Even though Briar and Drake didn't really get along, you could tell they were trying but were still human. I especially loved their devotion to finding their sisters.
This book made me cry more than I want to admit. It was beautiful. And the way beauty was portrayed throughout made me tingle a little inside. There's so much more to be said about this book, but you'll just have to read it to fully understand. ;)
I did receive an ARC of the book, but if you read, you'll know those were my own thoughts.
This has been my favorite of all of the stories in the series (so far!). First was because Maren was such a refreshing character: a take-charge woman who sets her own course in life, and who's only flaw is her curiosity. This leads her into several interesting predicaments, but she uses her resourcefulness and her courage -- as well as the occasional help of others -- to rise above them all.
It was also good to get to know Briar better. His near-zombie behavior of the previous book was explained, and we see a new depth to his heart and the battles raging within. His ability to find beauty in ordinary things is an admirable trait, and is something for us to aspire to even while dealing with the many daily trials of our own.
There were a few troublesome aspects of the story, however, which may cause concern for sensitive readers in similar circumstances. I would encourage them to look to Maren's example and her strength to rise above these situations. Either how she dealt with her father at the first of the book, or how she dealt with Briar towards the end. Don't let yourselves continue to be a victim!
Otherwise, there was so much in this book to delight in. From the enchanted gardens -- which were also very enchanting themselves! -- to the touching relationship between Briar and his father. Plus the nice cameo appearances from previous Chronicles characters as well. Certainly a must-read for anyone who has enjoyed any of the books in this wonderful series!
3.5 stars Mari and Briar's story. I didn't realize this was a retelling of Beauty & the Beast until I reached close to the end. This was a very unusual retelling. One that I enjoyed! Mari was running away from her over-bearing father, his debts, and his arrange marriage for her. She stumbled upon the enchanted gardens of the castle. After being tricked, which I loved the match-making plants, she's now stuck to remain at the castle with Briar, his ailing father and his trapped mother. Briar is the most caring and kind soon-to-be king ever. However, after someone inadvertently opened the cursed gardens, he's no longer himself. Mari and Briar overcome all kinds of obstacles to be together. Their HEA was definitely one they had to fight for! This was super deep. Not nearly as carefree as some of the other books. Nonetheless interesting though!
I loved this. I mean sit to read a few chapters and end up going to bed at 2 am. I loved the twists and turns, the curse and magic, the characters. I have not read the others in the series but I want to. Not sure I can like the others as much as I love Maren and Briar but I want to read more of this world. The magic garden was fantastic. I want to have conversations with a garden! And I loved the focus of the beauty being beautiful on the inside. A definite re-readable book.
Though all of the books in this series are amazing, this and Identity are my favorite and just favorite books in general. Oh my goodness, I already need to reread this and experience this beautiful story all over again. I love Maren, her curiosity, confidence, and compassion. I loved reading this book through her eyes. And Briar... Oh my, he is so gentle, sweet, and caring. He is a book boyfriend, no doubt. I loved being able to see him again in later stories, he is just so sweet, especially towards Maren.
I love the message in this story about looking inward and how internal beauty matters more than outward appearances. This message was written in such a sweet, beautiful way. I absolutely loved it and just everything about this beautiful story. Oh, I truly just love this book SO much :) <3
CONTENT: clean romance, no language, very mild violence
Beauty And The Beast has never been my favorite fairytale, but, I can state without a doubt, that Enchantment is the absolute best retelling of said story that I have ever read, bar none. If you only read one Beauty And The Beast retelling in your life, this one from Camille Peters should be that one.
Book five followed pretty closely to beauty and the beast, however, it did have some big twists. It too was a little on the slow side but more interesting. It was enjoyable and I'm going to keep going.
No. Just....no. Poor writing and flimsy characterization. Things happen just because they need to, but don’t make sense in the logic of the story. Both lead characters are illogical and stupid and as deep as a mirror.
This book would have really benefited from a ruthless editor. The surprises weren't surprises, because everything had been laid out over and over. The characters felt repetitive, because we kept reading the same words again and again. A few original ideas, played out with too many words and too little story-telling.