Enchanted, Inc. : A Novel
18 journalers for this copy...
Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.
Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.
She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.
A truly fun read! A quirky view of the world paired with a classic story - girl meets boy, girl kisses frog, girl isn't sure she met a prince. Loved it!
I share Katie's crush on Owen - the second he started blushing I was a goner. Why is he so bashful? What's up with his background? More Owen, please!
Anyway, the book has a few small flaws (the Mr. Mervyn character didn't work seemlessly, and a little more detail about the background of the magical world would have been nice), but they really don't detract from the story or from the fun of reading it.
Chick lit meets an inverted version of Harry Potter, and it really works. I can't wait to read the next book!
RSVD - Book Relay Book Ring
12/06 Loved it! Definitely a top read of 2006. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the story & laughed all the way thru! I'm so glad there's a #2 & #3 coming in this super-fun series!
Book Relay / Club Vlad Book Ray **Spiral** - Begins Jan. 2007
#2 in the series, Once Upon Stilettos, follows.
Link to #2: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4315418
Shipping Order for Enchanted, Inc.:
Midwinter (AZ); Mellonhead (TX); MaplesFlowers (TN); Three104 (WI); Irenic (CAN); NeedSun (CAN); CheriePie (MA); KathyB25 (TX); Macewoman (SC); Boogal (NJ); *via Cheriepie M-bag* AmberKatze (Austria); Rianonne (Austria); Sunlightbub (UK); CandyDarling (FINLAND); Wyvernfriend (Ireland/Intl) - end of ray, Wyv keeps book as her own.
1/3/07 Mailed to Midwinter - TRAV
Totally loving the lawyer guy, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels!
Off to mellonhead in today's mail.
This was a fun read. I'm Pming next in line for her address today (3/21).
Irenic has asked to be skipped - pming NeedSun.
Sending to NeedSun tomorrow.
I have a bunch of books to get into the mail to Cherie so I will just check to be sure that she still wants this one and send her a wee package.
UPDATE 9/3/07: I'm reading this now. Started today and already I'm on chapter 5. I'm not sure that I'll finish it AND get it mailed out to the next participant before I leave for California on Saturday the 8th, but I thought I'd best put this update in here since Teri has been quite adamant about my being able to read and pass this on within 30 days. Sorry for the delay.
Katie Chandler is just your ordinary girl living in New York City... so ordinary in fact, she's actually pretty special. As an Immune, magic has absolutely NO effect on her; all the glamour and illusion used throughout the world to mask the use of magic doesn't work on her at all. She can see right through it, which makes her a hot commodity to MSI, Inc., that's Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc.
After being recruited by Rod and that hot guy, Owen, from R&D, Katie goes to work for MSI as a Verifier, and learns that all the things she used to try to write off in her head as "that's NYC for ya" really are there!
And to top it all off, she's just learned that an evil wizard who once worked for MSI is attempting to introduce a number of manipulative spells to the market, which will cause all kinds of chaos and mayhem. And if that happens... oy, our entire world as we know it could come to a screeching halt! Fortunately, it's Katie to the rescue!
This will be in the mail to Kathy shortly.
UPDATE 28-SEP-2007: Mailed to KathyB25 on 9/28/07 via Media Mail.
Thanks ladiibbug for including me in this ray.
Luckily boogal was sitting by the computer this morning and sent an address back immediately. This will be going out in today's mail.
This was sent back to Cherie today for Amber's m-bag.
I will read this asap and pass it on to Rianonne when I see her next!
If I didn't already know that the 2nd book was coming to me (via a bookring) I would be ordering the 2nd part now from Amazon. I can't wait to see what happens to Katie next and to see what magical problems she will be sorting out. I am also pretty interested in seeing if she will get together with Owen.
Thank you Ladiibbug for starting this rung and Cherie for sending this on in the MBag! I will pass this on to Rianonne when I see her next!
I've just finished my book today, so I can start with this one right away !!!
Swendson warns us often that the characters are stuck in a serious situation - a magical war between good and evil... This sounds exciting and cool but Swendson never delivers. The magical war seems more like an after thought, taking a back seat to the main character's endless babbling over her crush, Owen. Instead of having me worry about what the villain will do next, I'm made to focus on Katie's life as a single girl in the big city and working in a magical company. To top it all off the dramatic final battle left me extremely bored and frustrated :(
The reader is told on more than one occassion that Owen is an extremely powerful wizard. And yet the "coolest" thing I saw him do in the book is throw someone with the flick of his hand. Maybe I've been spoiled by other books, but to me, this isn't very impressive. I believe that Swendson missed a chance to surprise her readers with how frightening and "destructive" his skills really are. So I was disappointed with Owen's wasted potential.
Well, I have to confess that I liked the funny ideas thrown in - especially the frogs :)
Thanks so much for including me in this Ring ladiibbug! It will travel on as soon as possible.
Arrived this morning and looks like great fun!
( Guess I had already sent you that pm Riannone!! )
An enjoyable read, although not as great as I had expected. Liked the idea of only the least magical beings actually seeing the magic!
Pming candydarling now.
Will mail the book to Wyvernfriend tomorrow.
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Mailed the book to Wyvernfriend today.
This story shows her rise in the company (a little too meteoric really)and her coming to terms with her new life. Like many others I really liked Owen! And yes more Owen would make a good read.
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Released at the BCIE June Meetup