Wednesday, November 7, 2012 books

Once Upon Stilettos
by Shanna Swendson

The author:
photo by Julian Noel
Once upon a time ...
A little girl learned to amuse herself by making up stories in her head. She turned everyday activities into exciting adventures, and she made up new adventures for characters from her favorite movies, TV shows and books. Then one day she realized that if she wrote down those stories, she'd have a book! But that was crazy, she thought. Real people don't become novelists. That was like deciding you were going to be a movie star. You couldn't just go and do it. But, it turns out, you can, and she did. She realized her dream of becoming a novelist and seeing her stories in bookstores. And then she started to wig herself out by writing about herself in the third-person. This is her story.
For more information about Shanna Swendson check out her Bio on her Homepage.

First sentences:
It all began with the red shoes.

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 co-worker. 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.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
Once Upon Stilettos is the second book in the Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson.
Katie Chandler still works for Magic, Spells and Illusions, Inc., loves her job and finally managed not to freak out every time something magical happens around her. But then her parents call and want to join her and her friends for Thanksgiving and Katie begins to panic. Can she keep her abilities from her parents?

The story of the second novel is as entertaining and funny as the first book. The interactions between magical and non-magical folks are hilarious and the whole story runs smoothly. If there is a company as MSI, Inc., and I really hope there is, than I would love to work there. The story is convincing-as convincing as any paranormal book can be and still highly entertaining. The main plot line was a bit obvious to me but that may be because I read many mysteries, watch many crime series on TV and always try to solve the mysteries quicker than the main person in those books or series. So it might be that I am a bit trained to solving mysterious plotlines or it might be rather clear.

The characters are all wonderful, entertaining and life-like. The CEO of Magic, Spells and Illusions, Inc. discovers team-building seminars and the chief of personal tries to convert the abstract terms into a successful team-building activity which once turns out rather weird even for magical folks. The whole team of MSI, Inc. and all of Katie’s friends and family are a lovely and entertaining bunch and really well portrayed.

I can highly recommend this book to all fans of magical, fantasy and light paranormal books. If you look for an entertaining read, pick up this series.

Once Upon Stilettos is available at Amazon in paperback and for your Kindle too. You can also buy it at Book Depo.

The Books in the Enchanted, Inc, series are:
  • Enchanted, Inc. (read my review here)
  • Once Upon Stilettos
  • Damsel Under Stress
  • Don’t Hex With Texas
  • Much Ado About Magic
For more information about Shanna Swendson visit her homepage or her blog.

1 comment:

  1. I think this series is so cute! I think I liked the first two books the best, after that they loose some of the sparkle, but they're still enjoyable reads :)
    I would love to work at MSI as well! :)