Once Upon Stilettos

by Shanna Swendson | Romance |
ISBN: 0345481275 Global Overview for this book
Registered by karendawn of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 8/10/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by karendawn from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Click your heels three times and say,
"There's no place like Bloomies!"

Katie Chandler's life is pure magic- literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job. CEO Merlin (yes, the Merlin) and taps Katie and her special ability to uncover the magical mole.

Keeping her feelings in check while sleuthing alongside Owen, Katie is shocked to discover that her immunity to magic is waning, putting her in grave danger. Soon she's surrendering to the charms and enchantments of everyone and everything around her, including a killer pair of red stilettos. Katie must now conjure up her natural instincts to get to the bottom of the break-in, regain her power, and win the wizard of her dreams.

Journal Entry 2 by karendawn from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, September 01, 2006
I may have read the book out of order (Enchanted, Inc. comes before this and I don't even have that on Mount TBR much less have I read it), but I didn't feel that I was missing out on too much by starting with this book (though I will go back and read the first one eventually). And this book was great. It just made me feel really good while reading it, and the ending still has me smiling. In fact, all I'm thinking about is how happy and content I am with the book rather than any deeper thoughts about it.

Journal Entry 3 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
* #2 in series *

10/31/06 Rec'd from KarenDawn for Book Relay's Halloween Secret Spook Exchange. WOW, how you've spoiled me, KarenDawn!!! I am thrilled to have both in this series - RSVD

12/06 Delightful! Just like eating ice cream! Love the characters & story. This series just *sparkles*!

Journal Entry 4 by ladiibbug from Paradise, California USA on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
* #2 in a series *

Book Relay Book Ray **Spiral** Begins Jan. 2007

This #2 follows #1 Enchanted, Inc. Link to #1:

Shipping Order:

Kyrissaean (NH); NursieGirl42 (MO); Noumena12 (OH); Midwinter (AZ); Mellonhead (TX); MaplesFlowers (TN); NeedSun (CAN); KathyB25 (TX/US); Macewoman (SC); Cowgirl-Up (OH); Three104 (WI); Boogal (NJ); Sunlightbub (UK); CandyDarling (FINLAND); Wyvernfriend (Ireland/Intl) - end of Ray, Wyv keeps book as her own.

1/3/07 Off to Kyrissaean! - TRAV

Journal Entry 5 by Kyrissaean from Littleton, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 19, 2007
Yay! This arrived today! I loved the first book in this series, so I can't wait to jump into this one!

Journal Entry 6 by Kyrissaean from Littleton, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I just finished this, and I'm still grinning! Excellent ending! I can't wait for the next book to come out!

This wasn't quite as instantly hook-y as Enchanted, Inc., probably because there was a little less emphasis on cute & quirky magical stuff, but it didn't take long to reel me in once I finally got a moment to actually sit down and read it! It's so much fun to think about this little world. New York would be about a thousand times more interesting if there was a chance of running into a living garden gnome in Central Park, that's for sure!

If my owl takes much longer to show up with my invitation to Hogwarts, then maybe I should go apply for a position at MSI. An administrative assistant job there somehow sounds like a dream job!

Reading back over this review, I haven't said a thing about the plot, the writing, or anything -- it's all about just wanting to literally jump into the story. Well now, that says something about the book, doesn't it?

I'm PMing Nursie now....

Journal Entry 7 by Kyrissaean from Littleton, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 09, 2007
The Stilettos are stalking off to Nursie this morning.

Thanks for including me in this ring!

Happy reading everybody! :)

Journal Entry 8 by nursiegirl42 from Grandview, Missouri USA on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Received this today! Thanks for sending it Kyriss! I am currently reading a book but this will be next! Should start it in 2 days or so! I hope it's as good as the first was!

Journal Entry 9 by nursiegirl42 from Grandview, Missouri USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sorry it's been so crazy around here with my niece being born and winter weather... well just life really but I am starting this tonight! Thanks for inviting me to join this ray!

Journal Entry 10 by nursiegirl42 from Grandview, Missouri USA on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Finished this today! I loved this story! Took me awhile to get started since there was really no recap of the first book I was trying to remember who was who and what was what for a few chapters.. it was a good book though and I am really looking forward to the next one coming out!!

Off to PM Nou and get this out in the mail to her!

Thanks for sharing!

I will be putting DC on this and will come back and edit the post with the Delivery Confirmation number so it can be tracked!

Journal Entry 11 by nursiegirl42 from Grandview, Missouri USA on Friday, March 09, 2007
Packaged and ready to go to the post office.. havent heard back from Nou so I am going to go ahead and send it since I'm sure she will want to read this!
I will get DC when I drop it off at the P.O.!


Journal Entry 12 by noumena12 from Dayton, Ohio USA on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
It arrived safely!! Thanks Nursie!

Journal Entry 13 by noumena12 from Dayton, Ohio USA on Wednesday, May 02, 2007
On the way to Midwinter! Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 14 by midwinter from Tucson, Arizona USA on Thursday, May 10, 2007
Received today. Cannot wait to get started on it, as I loved the first one :)

Journal Entry 15 by midwinter from Tucson, Arizona USA on Friday, June 22, 2007
Ack! Sorry for hanging on to this for so long. It was supossed to be mailed before my conference last week, but I didn't quite make it. Off to mellonhead today, I promise!
I'm still totally in love with this series, and so happy things turned out the way they did in this book. Love the magical take on the holiday season, and I thought ...well, everything that happened between pages 1 and the end... was a unique twist on what could have been a very cliched story. Can't wait to read more!

Journal Entry 16 by mellonhead from Austin, Texas USA on Monday, August 13, 2007
I have to apologize to everyone, but especially ladiibbug for not responding to your PMs. I''ve been overwhelmed with a new job and moving. I am very excited to read this one. I loved the first book and I can''t wait. I''m in the middle of another bookring book, though. It''s next on my list to read.

Journal Entry 17 by mellonhead from Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, August 19, 2007
I liked this one, but not as much as the first one. It's a very fun story and with fun characters. I'm a little over the self-deprecating "ordinary, boring girl from Texas" theme. I can't wait to read more about her and hunky Owen, though. Is there another book, yet?

I've pmd mapleflowers.

9/10 Update - Oops, I've held on to this longer than I intended. It will be off tomorrow.

Journal Entry 18 by MaplesFlowers from Nashville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Rec'd this weekend. My daughter and I will enjoy reading both this book and the 3rd book. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Journal Entry 19 by MaplesFlowers from Nashville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I enjoyed this book as much as the 1st book. Thanks to Teri for sharing it. Unfortunately, this book got a wee bit of a bath while saving me from drowning one night, and I have already apologized to Teri for the damage. A few pages were water logged but have dried and are fine now except for a bit of wrinkling.

Long story short, I was relaxing in the bath while reading this book one evening. My doctor had just started me on Ambien CR and I didn't realize how quickly it would hit me. One moment I was reading, the next, I was being woken up by the sound of a big splash!!! Dropping the book & being startled by the sound most likely saved my life!! LOL So I do apologize to everyone else in line to read the book for the damage I caused to it. It was a great book tho, and it was not the book's fault that I fell asleep while reading it! Off to Needsun tomorrow!!

Journal Entry 20 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Monday, December 03, 2007
YAY! This book arrived today along with Blood Bound. I am so looking forward to both of them. Thanks very much, Maplesflowers, for sending them to me.

Hopefully, I can get to them soon. I do have a few bookrings in front of them and with Christmas fast approaching, I am swamped with knitting to get finished in time.

Journal Entry 21 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 21, 2008
I have to admit, I liked the first one better. This book seemed to drag in places with not very much action. I did like meeting Katie's family and hopefully, there are more books in this series with her parents involvement.

I will be mailing this book out this week. I amready have the next address.

Thank you very much for your patience in allowing me to keep the book a little longer than the rules state.

Edit Jan 26: This book was sent by surface mail today.

Journal Entry 22 by KathyB25 from Arlington, Texas USA on Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Received today from NeedSun. Thanks! It will go to the top of my TBRs so I can get it to the next person.

Journal Entry 23 by KathyB25 from Arlington, Texas USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
Love this series. I can't wait for the next one. On it's way to Macewoman as part of the book ray.

Journal Entry 24 by macewoman from Winston Salem, North Carolina USA on Thursday, March 20, 2008
Arrived today, but I've got a few rings/rays to read before I can start it. I've been so sick with flu and now pneumonia that I haven't gotten much reading done recently. But I'm now going to try better living through chemistry (antibiotics) and see if I can't rejoin the land of the living. I'll get this read and be back with a JE.

Journal Entry 25 by macewoman from Winston Salem, North Carolina USA on Sunday, May 11, 2008
It took me a little while to find time to sit down and read this one. It was also slower than the first to get me hooked, but it finally happened. I managed to finish it and I liked the ending. I'm not sure how many more she can write in this series and keep the interest though.
Thanks for sharing this and being so patient with me.
I'm awaiting an address for the next reader and I'll send it on then.

Journal Entry 26 by macewoman from Winston Salem, North Carolina USA on Monday, June 02, 2008
Yeah, cowgirl-up finally received a message about this book. Not getting PMs is a pain in the rear. Luckily some folks saw the ISO and contacted her through other means. I have her address and this will be going out in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 27 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Friday, August 08, 2008
Arrived safely in the mail this week. I've already started it and I'll pass it along as soon as I finish.

Journal Entry 28 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Monday, August 11, 2008
Not quite as good as the first book in the series, but still very enjoyable. The ending was exactly what I'd hoped for. Can't wait to continue with the series!

I've PMed Three104 and will get this out as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 29 by cowgirl-up at Springfield, Ohio USA on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (8/19/2008 UTC) at Springfield, Ohio USA



mailed today to Three104 to continue the bookring


Journal Entry 30 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, August 24, 2008
It arrived yesterday. I'll journal it again.

Journal Entry 31 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Friday, October 17, 2008
I spotted the poor thing sitting in a stack of books on my table and thought oops! It was a quick read, even for me, whose reading has taken a definite dip. I didn't have much interest in it at first, but I did enjoy it. I liked meeting Katie's mom and dad (incidentally, my sister and her husbands' names are Lois and Frank! lol). I especially liked Owen. There was no real mystery though. I do have the next book sitting on my shelf and will reading it soon.

Off to the next reader, if I can find the addy.

Journal Entry 32 by CharmedKim from Secaucus, New Jersey USA on Sunday, October 26, 2008
This arrived a few days ago. I'll start reading it as soon as I can. Thanks!

ETA 2/3/09: I'm sorry I kept this book for so long. I just couldn't get into this one, as much as I enjoyed the first in the series. I mailed this to sunlightbub on 1/28/09.

Journal Entry 33 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Monday, February 02, 2009
It's here!THanks all..It will probably travel with me on my hols in a couple of weeks x

Journal Entry 34 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Monday, February 23, 2009
THis one came on holiday with me to Spain last week!
I enjoyed it but found it quite slow going given the light weight premise. I kept rereading the same passages..perhaps I was just too easily distracted bu the sunshine!
I've got a couple of other books for Candy too so these are all going in the mail tomorrow.

Journal Entry 35 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thank you, I'm looking forward to reading Once Upon Stilettos as I ejoyed Enchanted, Inc.

Journal Entry 36 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, June 11, 2009
I just finished Once Upon Stilettos, and it left a smile on my face. I think I liked it even better than the previous book. I've been having some trouble getting into reading lately, but this book just sucked me in. :)

This was a lovely, romantic story with wonderful characters. Perfect light reading.

Thank you for including me in the this ray, ladiibbug! The book will continue it's journey to Ireland as soon as I have Wyvernfriend's address.

Journal Entry 37 by CandyDarling at Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, June 25, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/25/2009 UTC) at Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland



After some pm trouble, I finally got a hold of wyvernfriend, and the book is now traveling to Ireland.

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