Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

genre: middle grade/ya

Part Cinderella story, part "Little Princess," half fairy tale and half fantasy, Amaranth Enchantment is the delightful story of 15 year old Lucinda, orphaned and oppressed. When a mysterious woman comes into her uncle's jewelery shop, Lucinda's life is changed forever as the woman's jewel of unknown origin moves from owner to owner. There are charming street-rat thieves and generous princes, plots and secrets. Will Lucinda regain her birthright? Who IS that mysterious woman, anyway?

OH this was fun!! I love when a book surprises me and while I had vague inklings about some things, others were a lovely surprise. I loved the mix of historical-reality and fantasy and fairy tale. I loved the romantic overtones and the riches to rags element. Even that crazy goat found a place in my heart by the end. A great middle-grade/YA read.

book 21 of 25 for the 2010 YA Challenge

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

This does sounds like fun - you've made me very curious about the jewel.

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