Title: Kiss and Spell
Author: Shanna Swenson
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Series: Enchanted, Inc. #7
Best Read in Order: Not required but helpful
Publishing : 17 May, 2013 (expected)
PreOrder Now: Amazon
About the Book:
With great power comes great danger…
Once upon a time, Katie Chandler wished she had magical powers but learned that she was utterly without magic. Her magical immunity turned out to be valuable enough to put her in the middle of the fight against bad magic. Now that a freak incident has given her magic, she finds herself in a precarious position as an untrained wizard who can be affected by magic. That’s particularly dangerous when the Elf Lord starts another scheme for power, and people who get in his way start disappearing–including Katie and her wizard boyfriend, Owen Palmer.
Katie’s put under a spell so that she isn’t aware of who she really is and where she belongs. Instead, she’s living a life right out of a romantic comedy movie in a Hollywood set version of New York. Will she be able to find her true Mr. Right in time to break the spell with a kiss, or will she be trapped forever, unaware of the doom facing her world and unable to warn anyone?
This was the first book that I had read in this series – and I didn’t find huge gaps that left me with questions about characters or plot, as the author managed to fill all of those holes quite nicely with the current ‘adventure / challenge’ that Katie is facing at the moment.
I really enjoyed this story and the main characters of Katie and Owen, and many of the secondary characters, especially Sam the gargoyle security guard. Katie has gotten her wish to have magical abilities, but it comes at a great price. Normal humans and all magical beings who offend the self-proclaimed Lord of the Elves are susceptible to a relocation/imprisonment plan. Sent off to a magically crafted new-New York city, Katie and Owen are unaware of their pasts and until the reality of their personal connection breaks the enchantment that holds them hostage they are unaware.
While the story worked and kept a wonderful pace, keeping me smiling and enjoying the read, the transition from Katie’s magical training to the ‘enchanted’ state of being was confusing; while it feels as if it was meant to transport my sense of the story into Katie’s head, there was no transition and I was as confused as Katie. While I understand that construct, and find it particularly effective, it did leave me with many questions for several chapters until the secret evil plot was unravelled. Not having the experience with the author or this series prior to reading this book, I don’t know if this is a common experience with this series or not. Other than that little glitch, which did resolve itself wonderfully and provided a nice build to the climax, there was little that I did not understand from the prior books in the series; Katie is quite capable of relating her current events to past experiences, and keeping the reader informed.
I now see why so many people enjoy this series: it is a fun, light and thoroughly engaging read with a heroine who is a bit of a misfit, with a strong voice and a sense of the absurdities of her new situation. With the promise of more romance and growth in her connection with Owen, I now have to add the earlier books in this series to my shelves.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Once upon a time …
A little girl learned to amuse herself by making up stories in her head. She turned everyday activities into exciting adventures, and she made up new adventures for characters from her favorite movies, TV shows and books. Then one day she realized that if she wrote down those stories, she’d have a book! But that was crazy, she thought. Real people don’t become novelists. That was like deciding you were going to be a movie star. You couldn’t just go and do it. But, it turns out, you can, and she did. She realized her dream of becoming a novelist and seeing her stories in bookstores. And then she started to wig herself out by writing about herself in the third-person. This is her story.
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