Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
Age range: Adult (appropriate for teens, too) | Paperback: 320 pages | Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 31, 2005)
About Enchanted, Inc
DON’T MESS WITH HEXES
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.
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My Thoughts on Enchanted, Inc
I had a tremendous amount of fun reading Enchanted, Inc. It’s about a small town Texas girl trying to make it as a marketing assistant in New York. She keeps seeing strange fashions and alarming things that nobody else notices. Turns out, she’s completely immune to magic and can see past illusions and spells. Katie goes to work for Magic, Inc and that’s when things start getting really interesting.
I’m going to start off with what I didn’t like, because there wasn’t much. The villain worked mostly off-page and we don’t meet him until the end. Even then, the climax came off a little less than climatic. I wanted more pow, more action.
As for what I liked, I don’t know where to begin. It’s such a fun premise and the author carried it off so well. I love the way it starts out, with Katie thinking that New York is just extra weird and going out of her way to avoid a church that occasionally has a stone gargoyle perched on top of it. She’s very ordinary and doesn’t have any outstanding features or anything that would make men drool over her. I found that refreshing and enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to dating. She is smart, has great ideas, and isn’t afraid to take charge.
If I had to pick a favorite scene, it would definitely be when her magical friends talk her into kissing frogs in Central Park. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series. It’s such a fun escape from reality and I like Katie’s independence and can-do attitude.
Content: Some curse words and mild innuendo.
Source: I bought this book.
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