Author: Rachel Wells
Published: Rachel Wells, August 2011
First Line: "Mandy shivered as she stared out the car window at the ever-pressing gray sky encompassing all views."
Summary: Mandy is a quiet teenager who just wants to blend in with the crowd rather than stand out as anything or anybody. Mandy's pretty successful at this until her parents decide it's time to move from Boston to the quiet seaside town of York Beach, Maine, to "be closer to Nana". Although Mandy has been vacationing in York every summer since she was a child, she has no desire to live there and is worried about fitting in and finding friends during her senior year of high school.
Nana owns a flower shop in town and while working alongside her, Mandy makes a few friends and observes the oddities of the little town and its inhabitants. When she finds some old and cryptic correspondance hidden inside an antique trunk handed down from her Nana, the "oddities" turn into full fledged mysteries. As she unravels the forgotten and hidden history of the town, she simultaneously unravels her own family's past and current secrets while writing her future. With bits of romance and paranormal along the way, she is able to figure out the puzzle of the correspondance, the magic she never realized was surrounding her, and visions of the past and future. Will she walk away from her personal history and her future or will she realize it's ok to be somebody, even if that somebody is nothing like everybody else? (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect with Enchanted by Rachel Wells. I knew that it had something to do with magic but I wasn't entirely sure what.
Enchanted took the magic aspect and gave it a different approach. It was quite refreshing because it wasn't exactly magic, it was a little more realistic than spells and wand waving. It was really good.
I always love flowers and magic surrounding flowers so Enchanted was my kind of read.
As for the characters, I really liked Mandy and Steve. They were pretty awesome characters and they had a really believable relationship. I also liked Nana too, she seemed like such a nice lady, you couldn't help but like her.
I thought the story line itself was really good. There were some moments that I thought seemed a bit creepy but overall they were good. I thought that Enchanted had a great setup and I kept turning pages because wanted to know more about what was going on.
Enchanted is a highly enjoyable read full of magic, friendship, mystery and ghosts. It is definitely worth a read.