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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Enchanted Blog Tour - Book Review: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Author: Rene Denfeld
Format: ARC Paperback
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 237
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy/Literary Fiction/Mystery















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Synopsis from Goodreads

A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do."

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

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     The Enchanted is a really a book like no other. I really had no idea what this book was going to be about. I didn't expect something so tragic and yet strangely beautiful. There aren't a lot of names given in this story, but it really doesn't need them. What drives this book is human emotion. It was a unique and powerful experience to say the least. This really isn't the kind of book you can just read. This will drain you, but you will love the book more for it.

     The book changes narration a bit, but our main one is nameless. He is a man on death row who loses himself in books. He has created his own world so he doesn't lose his sanity. We also follow a woman just named The Lady. She is an investigator trying to save another death row inmate named York. York is man who doesn't want to be saved. He has accepted his predicament and knows what he has done is wrong even though he doesn't understand it. We also follow the Fallen Priest who the Lady has feelings for. But the Lady has secrets she knows the Priest or nobody will accept about her. I love how their stories intertwine. You get so invested in their lives and what they think that once you are done, you don't feel like you even left the book. I still can't get it out of my head.

     Like I said, this is about the emotions. It is about being human. This was one of the best parts of the book. We are in the heads of criminals. These are broken men that have done terrible things. But the author is just a genius. Instead of feeding emotions that would make you angry or disgusted with these criminals, we see them as humans. We see that they themselves want to understand why they are the way they are. How did they get here? Why did they do the things that they did? It especially hits you hard at the end of the book. I cried, I really did. You feel sympathy for both sides. We also have a villain in this book, but it isn't the obvious choice like you would expect. It added even more mystery to the book and I love where this goes. Oh boy, it was satisfying. Brilliant, just brilliant.

     This is not only one of the best books I have read this year, but one of the best books I have read ever. I have never come across anything like this. It is creepy, emotional, thought-provoking, engaging and original. This book will make some uncomfortable and as I said, it will be hard to read. It will challenge to really think outside the box. It will challenge you to see things from all angles and not just black and white. This is a masterpiece of writing. I could see this being read in schools because of how it tests you and the questions it will have you asking yourself. This is a must read. You have never read anything like this before.


Rating:
+1  

 



 *This book belongs to the following challenge*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
 

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About Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, Mitigation Specialist, and fact Investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a published author of four books including the international bestseller The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist OrderKill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families.

Connect with Rene Denfeld here:
Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Website

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The Enchanted Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 04, 2014: Books Without Any Pictures
Wednesday, March 05, 2014: Book Hooked Blog
Thursday, March 06, 2014: Conceptual Reception
Monday, March 10, 2014: Book-alicious Mama
Tuesday, March 11, 2014: It’s All About Books
Wednesday, March 12, 2014: Book Addict Katie
Thursday, March 13, 2014: Walking With Nora
Monday, March 17, 2014: Bibliophiliac
Tuesday, March 18, 2014: Bibliotica
Wednesday, March 19, 2014: BoundbyWords
Thursday, March 20, 2014: A Book Geek
Monday, March 24, 2014: A Reader of Fictions
Wednesday, March 26, 2014: River City Reading
Thursday, March 27, 2014: Drey’s Library
Monday, March 31, 2014: Little Lovely Books
Tuesday, April 01, 2014: Ageless Pages Reviews
Tuesday, April 02, 2013: Offbeat Vegabond
Thursday, April 03, 2014: Read Lately
 

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2 comments:

  1. "Strangely beautiful" -- I couldn't agree more! As tragic as some of the stories were, there was still beauty in the book. For me, that's a perfect book.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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    1. Thank you hon and you are welcome. Yeah, that was the best way I could describe it. That is why I gave it my highest rating. It is just too amazing for words. Thnak you for having me again hon :)

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