Sixteen year old Channie Kerns leads an idyllic life of seclusion and magic deep in the Ozark Mountains … until her family is forced to flee for their lives.
They leave everything and everyone behind to start over in Louisville, Colorado. Magic is forbidden while they are in hiding, but Channie can’t resist the temptation to enchant a group of local boys. When her overbearing parents catch her flirting with these “sex-crazed, non-magical delinquints,” they slap a chastity spell on her to protect her virtue.
The spell is triggered by lust, so just navigating the halls at her new school is an ordeal. She can’t even touch a boy she’s attracted to without blasting him with a jolt of magical energy that feels like a taser.
When Channie falls in love with Josh Abrim, a BMX racer with dangerous secrets of his own, she rebels against her parents and turns to dark and forbidden magic to break the chastity spell … with disastrous results.
The writing is straightforward and easy to read. The idea of magic that Abel plays with is unique; that a magical person can have a power name is something I liked. That Channie’s parents arbitrarily decided to (and is able to) change her name felt wrong. (She went from being Enchantment to Chastity; I was sad with her.)
The parents are overbearing, and from the start were not my favorite people. Channie, honestly, wasn’t either. A sympathetic character, Channie is forced to, not only, go to a new school but also adjust to a new power name. It’s easy to identify with her feelings of unhappiness/ displeasure with her parents and their high-handed nature. It’s because of that, when Channie starts utilizing the power of the Chastity name, I can understand and appreciate her actions, even though I don’t fully agree with them.
The relationship between Josh and Channie starts off weird. I rooted for them because I wanted something good to happen for Channie, but the relationship never flowed well for me. Maybe it was her use of magic or her easy way of sharing that secret with him, but, at the start, the relationship seemed a bit rushed and forced. But it does work for them in the end.
A fascinating read, Enchantment is something that any YA paranormal romance fan would enjoy.
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