If someone put a love spell on you, and it caused you to fall for someone you've always considered an enemy, and then you found that you legitimately enjoyed their company, would you really care that it was a spell? I mean, you're the happiest you've been in your life, would you want the spell broken?
This is one of many issues Graylee Perez has to face in Nikki Jefford's spectacular conclusion to her Spellbound trilogy, "Enchantment."
Graylee had it rough during the first two books. She died, then had to share a body with her annoying twin sister, then her soul got purged, and she ended up in yet another body.
And some teens just worry about zits.
When "Enchantment" starts, Gray is in Barcelona, staying at a retreat for young people who want a break from doing magic. Gray loves Barcelona--with its historic sites, amazing food, rich culture, and exciting nightlife. She makes some good friends, falls for a suave Barcelonan, who turns out to be a total hijo de puta, and to her shock and horror, runs into the absolute last carbon-based life-form on Earth she wants to see.
"Enchantment" has so, so many amazing plot twists, inspiring (and, in one case, vaguely creepy)character transformations, and at its very core, there is a sweet romance.
There are also so many potential spoilers, that I'm limited by what I can say.
Damn it! Because this book rocked.
The Spellbound Trilogy started off strong with "Entangled." I thought there were some growing pains in book two, "Duplicity." With "Enchantment," we visit Barcelona and Paris, taking in the sites with Gray. We see different hearts broken and repaired, love found and lost, complex spellwork, and a powerful finish.
Ms Jefford pared away characters who'd grown wilted and stale by the end of Book 2, then supercharged Graylee, and gave her some serious tests for her new inner-strength. She finds herself equal to her challenges, and emerges a far wiser, happier person on the other side.
Not only is "Enchantment" a perfect ending to the "Spellbound" trilogy, it's also a total blast to read.
In fact, "Enchantment" should be the primary textbook in YA Fiction Writer School's THIS Is How To Conclude A Trilogy, Dammit post-doctoral seminar.