Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review

Enchanted No More (Mystic Circle #1) 
By Robin D. Owens
Published by Harlequin
egalley received by netGalley

Summary (from netGalley): “I’ll do the mission,” Jenni told Tage. “you win.”
As one of the last surviving Mistweavers, half-blood Jenni knows what it’s like to be caught between two worlds: the faery and the human. But the time has come to choose. The Lightfolk require her unique talent for balancing the elements to fend off a dangerous enemy—and rescue her missing brother.

Only for Rothly will Jenni deal with those who destroyed her life. Only for him will she agree to work with her ex-lover, Tage, and revisit the darkest corners of her soul. For a reckoning is at hand, and she alone has the power to hold back the forces of dark....

Dislikes: This book really needed a prologue. I spent the first half of the book thinking this was a second in a series and actually had to check at one point and make sure it wasn't. The story of what happened to Jenni's family at a ceremony/mission fifteen years previously was dragged out and repetitive throughout the book when it could have been taken care of in a few pages at the beginning. With so much time spent on the family tragedy and the bitterness/guilt that Jenni feels it really drags down the rest of the book. I also did not like Aric, Jenni's love interest. He seemed very condescending and talked down or at Jenni through a lot of the book. There are points in the books where this is mentioned but nothing is ever done about it. This made Jenni professing her love for him, when in the previous paragraph she was saying she still didn't trust him, very unbelievable.

Likes: I actually really liked the world that the author built as well as the concept behind the book. Jenni is the only person left in the magical community that can balance a place with all four elements. The parts of the book that focused on this were interesting and well done. I also loved the background characters and they made this story for me. The brownies, dryads, and even the Royal Eight were more engaging than the main characters.

Overall: I really wanted to love this book. The concept behind it and the world that was built was well done, but the romance and guilt/ bitterness really hurt the book. Parts felt like a really long couch session that I was not interested in. 

Rating: 3 only for the world and background characters. There is a second book coming with a character that is not from this book but the same community that Jenni lives in. 


  1. Thanks for adding the BIR2010 button to your blog :)

  2. Good world building can take a book a long way, but only so far... Is it a YA book? The character in the cover looks young, but it's hard to tell from the summary.

  3. Alison- It's not YA the characters are older, I want to say Jenni is in her 30's and Aric is centuries old.

  4. Too bad on the guilt and bitterness in this one, that would bother me as well. I just finished one where I got dumped into the middle of events and spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was happening, so I completely understand the need for a prologue on this one! Thanks for your honesty Kristina!