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Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted, Inc. #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  11,282 Ratings  ·  1,214 Reviews

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.

Then, seemingly out o
ebook, 308 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
When I want to read chick-lit, I want to laugh and this book didn't really deliver that many laughs for me. There were a couple of moments, such as the guy who thought he was a frog, and the guy who had been a frog, but still.... aren't frogs always funny? Or, is it just me?

I rescind my statement. Also, childhood ruined.

The story has great potential. Our heroine is special because she ISN'T magical and therefore magic neither works on her nor fools her. She can see through it. This makes her he
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Katie Chandler left small-town Texas for NYC, she knew it was going to be a whole different world. She just didn't know how different. After several months of "seeing things" (like people with wings on the subway, walking garden gnomes in Central Park, and gargoyles that come & go from the church down the street from her apartment) Katie discovers she's not going crazy. Turns out magic really exists, but she's immune, so she sees through magical folks' illusions. This rare talent lands ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
This is a fun, "take-me-away" book. I loved the whole series!
They have great characters, and it's in NYC (I heart NYC) and
a really fun story. Like modern day fairy tales, it's just fun! :)

(there are a ::few:: swear words, why do they always do that?)
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Enchanted, Inc. was on my mental list of to read books for a while. After reading a heavier fiction book I thought something a little less deep would be nice. That's when I picked up this delightfully, light-hearted read. At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. So many had compared it to Harry Potter and Im one of the few people in the world who did not fall in love with that series. Not that I hate it, I just don't love it. Luckily I gave this one a try. Shortly after finishing it I ordered th ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anki by: Lanea Zimmerman
One of my friends from college told me about this book and told me I just *had* to read it. I'm always looking for book recommendations, so I found a copy and read it. I promptly fell in love with the characters and the story--whimsical and practical all the the same time. As soon as I finished reading it I think I started again, and I've read it many times since then...when I'm not lending my copy out to people to introduce them to the wonderful story!
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an absurd amount of books and so I often find myself picking random books by authors I have never read before and hoping for the best. Usually the books turn out to be lackluster if not down right horrible. I was pleasantly surprised that this book turned out to be a fun quick read. Swendson was able to suck me into the story immediately. The world she created was actually something I had not seen before which is rare these days. Swendson combines the right amount of humor, drama, romance ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody whom loves magic, humor.
Recommended to Caitlin by: Mom
Enchanted, Inc. A Novel is the most excellent and humorous book ever, excellently written and very excellent main character.
I love the personal images Katie gets in her head, and her evil little thoughts, it was the best and funnest book that I have read!
Just buy a Mocha Frappuccino, a bagel with cream cheese, lay down on the couch with your-oh-so-comfortable blanket and your set for an adventure!
I never stopped laughing all thorough this book, Shanna Swendson leaves me feeling great, good job
Ranting Dragon
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rebecca

In a world where magic is real, how would it feel to be ordinary? Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson, book one of the Enchanted series, introduces us to Katie Chandler, a truly ordinary Texas girl in New York. Katie has been deleting the vague e-mailed job offers from MSI, Inc., but when her dreadful Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde boss drives her to desperation, she decides to see what MSI has to offer.

In the strangest job interview I’ve ever heard of, Katie lear
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Bridget Jones meets Harry Potter in this enchanting tale of fantasy, humor, and adventure. Katie Chandler has no love life, can barely afford her rent, and has a horrible job. Until one day an odd e-mail about a job pops up in her inbox at work. She thinks it’s just spam and deletes it, but it continuously shows up. After having a really bad day at work, she takes a chance and checks it out. It sounds like the deal of a life time. But she meets Owen Palmer and Rodney Gwaltney for the job in ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Chandler didn't know she was immune to magic until she moved to New York. You see, Texas isn't a very magical place, so she didn't realize she could see weird things that others don't see.

The first few chapters of this book almost seemed like it could have been written about a previous supervisor of mine as she describes the behavior of her supervisor, good Mimi/bad Mimi. uirkl

Luckily, Katie gets a job offer that takes her from the dreadful to one that is just weird. A fun, quirky book. I
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!! I tend to read non-fiction or heavier fiction so this was a nice change. I do enjoy chick lit but often the plotlines are the same old thing every time. This book feels more unique & is truly a fun read. I finished it in a day, something I hadn't done in a long time. I have every intention of reading the rest of the books in the series.

Note: I was thrilled to find out that this book was optioned for a movie. *keeps fingers crossed*
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The characters were wonderful. The premise "enchanting". I was really in need of something light-hearted and this fit the bill beautifully.
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved these quirky, funny books. The setting is imaginative, the main characters are likable, and I couldn't put them down.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it's just a good read for this winter days and a lot of fun.
Shari Kay
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
2.5 ✭'s

What a great idea. This story had so much potential to be way more fun than it turned out to be.

I found the heroine's internal monologue a bit dull. She is one of a limited supply of humans who can actually see through magic... because she has none. This makes her a hot commodity in the magical business community and sought out by those who need to be able to see through shady glamour. The possibilities should be endless here, but I never felt much excitement.

Katie is recruited and hired
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Moving from Texas to New York has been quite a culture shock for Katie Chandler, to say the very least. Aside from having a monster of a boss at work, Katie sees all different kinds of visions and odd creatures while riding the subway and walking the streets, from women with wings on their backs, to hideous looking men who appear to look like Johnny Depp in everyone else's eyes and ever-moving statuesque Gargoyles who can be found perched atop various buildings along the city's skyline at diffe ...more
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with nothing else to read
Recommended to Valerie by: List of books to make into movies
Very cute premise--NYC is a hotbed of magic, but only a few humans with no magic in them are able to see through the illusions to reality. Corporate magical types need those humans to double check contracts and such to be sure there are no spells slipped into them from the other side. A fast read and not as fun as it should be--clearly there are a whole slew of sequels, so no resolution in the first one...and not much reason to find the second one.

Our heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue--only her tal
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
The story is about Katie a small town texas girl who moved to New York to be with her friends. She is stuck i n a job that she hates with a monster of a boss and she keeps seeing strange things that are even strange for new york. Then she starts getting job offers from MSI.

When she gives in and takes the job she is thrown into a new world of Magic, Spells and Illusions Inc. Here her ordinariness is an asset and some of the strange things she has been seeing are being explained. She is needed the
"Enchanted, Inc." by Shanna Swendson is a real gem. Utterly delicious!

"Enchanted, Inc." caught my eye when I was on an online shopping site looking at another book to purchase. On a whim I bought it and am so glad I did.

The story is set in the Big Apple and features the instantly lovable down-home Texas gal, Katie Chandler who is stuck in a dead-end job with a boss from hell. Boring, ordinary Katie Chandler.

But as it so happens, ordinary is just what is needed at MSI, Inc. (Magic, Spells, and
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy, suspense(kind of), romantic/comedy was one of the most original books I've read in a while.

It turns out that magic is alive and well and some people are completely immune to it, like Katie Chandler. This makes her a valuable assett to Enchanted, Inc., the company that produces and sells most of the spells to the magically-inclined.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the series. This is a very fun and innocent series. I had read the books a while ago when I came across them in the library. I loved them so much I bought them. This last weekend I reread the series.
Marie Corbitt
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you loved Harry Potter and like thinking about a magical world that exists without our knowledge, this is an absolutely amazing series. It takes place in New York and it's with adults. Cute, funny, romantic, adventurous, and magical. Love them.
Kim Parkinson
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new series I'm trying out...

OK, maybe this should only be a 4 and a half. I really enjoyed this book. It took me little time to read it and it was enjoyable, moved right along and has a very interesting concept. I'm definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second all time favorite series.

I stumbled upon this book accidentally. I wasn't too sure about the plot, fairies, wizards, etc...

It was such a great read. It's a chick-lit book with a magical twist.I own all the books and re- read them every so often.

Julie Ritenour
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, library, more
Fun read. Author said somewhere that she was thinking Harry Potter meets Bridget Jones, but that's not giving the heroine enough credit for her common sense. More like Harry Potter meets Sex and the City. I'll be looking for the sequels.
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy, fast read. Kept me on the cloud I prefer to float on when I am unwinding.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants

This book was so much fun...very different. I love magic...and a bit of romance and humor...this book had it all.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, favorites
One of my absolute favorite books. I love this series!
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these books! After Twilight I couldn't find a good series and I fell in love with this funny, romantic, charming series!
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“But when I clicked over to my e-mail program, it was just another “great opportunity” spam, this time adding the words “don’t delete!” to the subject line. With a sense of perverse satisfaction, I deleted it. It was probably the only act of rebellion I’d get away with all day.” 20 likes
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