January 26, 2013

Review: Enchanted Immortals by C.J. Pinard

Series: Enchanted Immortals 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 26, 2012

Publisher: Self-published
Source: from C.J. Pinard
Genre: YA
Purchase: Amazon 

Thomas never thought he would live this long; he expected the usual lifespan of 60 to 70 years. But one terrifying night in 1946 San Francisco has changed all that; he has now been alive 86 years and still looks 20. He and his associates, Jonathan and Kathryn, have been granted Immortality by a group of sylphs belonging to the Zie Council – led by their queen, Malina – who possess an elixir called Enchantment. But what they and the rest of the Immortals have to do in order to keep receiving this elixir involves protecting sylphs and humans from the faeworlders – vampires and shapeshifters – who want nothing more than to eat, violate, and kill them. For Jonathan, Thomas, and Kathryn, policing the fae is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. And the payment is eternally priceless.

ENCHANTED IMMORTALS by C.J. Pinard is a fun and truly enchanting YA fantasy that puts a unique twist on Immortals and otherworldly beings. I haven't read any book about sylphs, Fae of the air, so I was curious about what kind of creature they are and the extent of C.J. Pinard's imagination in terms of shaping their myth and magic. 

ENCHANTED IMMORTALS's main protagonist is Thomas O'Malley, bike messenger in San Francisco, California in the 1940's. Thomas met an unfortunate situation with a bunch of vampires in an alley that almost killed him if not for Jonathan, an Immortal. In order to save young Thomas, he was given Enchantment, an elixir to attain immortality. In exchange for the gift of everlasting life Thomas is now part of an elite group helping his fellow immortals protect humans and sylphs from vampires and werewolves. 

ENCHANTED IMMORTALS is told in flashforward style contrasting Thomas in the present as he goes after a group of vampires who captured a sylph, with the past and the toll it took on his family, his dad in particular, after his disappearance. Their current and back stories are engaging however the past-present flip flop didn't work for me very well. I found it challenging to gain traction with the story at first as C.J. Pinard draws out the backstory from two different directions so there were times where I was left holding my breath or found myself in a heart pounding situation only to hit Pause as I'm taken to another time frame. Aside from this I also struggled with remembering who's what because there are a lot of players in the story as it encompasses several decades. Side by side, these two got me confused on certain plot points but once I got the hang of it, things went smoothly.

Overall ENCHANTED IMMORTALS was a light read and I love the retro feel of the story. Maybe it's the font style of the title that set the tone but I loved the jovial vibe. At times Thomas, Jonathan and Kathryn felt like superheroes to me, joining together to battle the evil forces plaguing the Earth. The myth was great and I love the vivid and colorful descriptions of the sylphs and their magic. So if you're looking for a new creature to follow, I suggest you try C.J. Pinard's YA fantasy series, it might be right up your alley.

C.J. is a west coast native currently living in sunny Florida, USA. An editor of over 40 books, C.J. has writing in her blood, and hopes people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories.

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  1. This sounds like an interesting read! Love that C.J's focused on sylphs, we don't across them often!
    Great review, my sweet! =D

    1. Me too! I don't think I've read anything about sylphs!

      Looking forward to reading YOUR upcoming novel too, Carmen!

  2. I have only read the sneak peek on Amazon = 3 chapters. I told Carolyn I would read both books together in February. Glad you liked it:)


    1. My February is full to the brim because of Crazy, Stupid Love! It's turning me and Debbie into crazy ladies ourselves. Looking forward to comparing notes with you, Matey!

  3. I love how you two Aussie chicks dropped by today.

  4. Braine, thank you for the review, I'm glad you liked it. I didn't even even realize it was up - what a nice surprise! I really appreciate you taking the time. I know the back and forth flash forwarding stuff isn't for everyone, thanks for stickin' it out! :)

    Hi Michelle!


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