Title: The Amaranth Enchantment
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher: Bloomsbury 2009
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; YA; April Read-a-Thon
I really enjoyed this book. It had dashes of fantasy, dashes of romance, dashes of a coming-of-age story, dashes of action. I sped through the book loving most pages. It really reminded me of Howl's Moving Castle... maybe that's why I loved it so much. There was lots of parallels from the lost little girl to the witch. Although in this case the witch was a good witch. The only part that I just couldn't beleive was the ending. The crazy twist wasn't so crazy. In fact, it was downright deus ex machina. And if we remember my previous Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves, I hate stories that end with a deus ex machina effect. Annoying! I would have prefered a much more belieavable conclusion to the story line.