Lucinda’s parents died in a carriage accident and left her orphaned. Now she lives with her kind uncle and evil aunt, working like a slave in their jewelry shop. One day a witch, a prince, and a thief enter the store and change her life forever.
Reaction: Cute but not great. Basically, The Amaranth Enchantment is a retelling of Cinderella with a few different twists. This is fine, I like Cinderella, but not what I was expecting. I found Lucinda a bit immature and because of that it was really hard for me to get into the romantic elements. She just seemed way too young for anything more than a crush and her “love” for the prince seemed very superficial. I’m also not sure I really liked all of the characters. I suppose I could go on but I’ll stop. Like I said, it was cute and I think it will have appeal to younger readers (I’m thinking of taking it when I booktalk to 6th graders) but I was a bit disappointed.