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Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski // Monsters, Banter and adventure through a dark forest

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Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch that can save them both.

  (A huge thank you to the MTMC tours and Parliament Press for the eARC and the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. )

They said witches. They said enemies to lovers romance. They said banter. I said HELL YES and made grabby hands at the book. (I am also really sorry for the ridiculous pun in the next sentence) 

~ 5 WAYS DISENCHANTED ENCHANTED ME ~
~ Characters who care about food ~

    It's like the most realistic thing for characters to care about sustenance and these characters do! The main character is ridiculously obsessed with pastries and sweets and I 200% approve. Everyone's busy hunting a possibly dangerous creature? Lilac is thinking what a great time to sneak into the pantry and eat yummy food! I'm not saying it was always the right decision but I'm saying I'd be right there next to her hiding pastries behind my back. We stan a princess who cares about food. 

~ Monsters big and small ~

    There are monsters that wouldn't think twice about having a human for breakfast, there are monsters who would tolerate humans as long as they don't say anything unsavory, there are monsters who are soft and gentle, there are monsters who care but god forbid they let anyone know they care. They are called Darklings and there are vampires and fae folk and what not. There are also witches and warlocks and I just was so intrigued by all the non human characters in the book. 

~ Enemies to Lovers means banter ~

    Garin is ridiculous and Lilac is also ridiculous and thus ensues mayhem, which I thoroughly enjoyed. there were times when I laughed out loud because the dialogue is so entertaining. And I love those little moments of "So I totally hate him but okay that was really sweet". Their banter is biting at times and soft at times and I was just grinning so much.

~ Character growth for the win ~

    Lilac is a sheltered princess; sheltered to limit the citizen's interactions with their "odd" would-be queen. And now Lilac has set out on an adventure into the darkest, creepiest forest. I was so looking forward to the character development and I was NOT disappointed. I liked how Lilac started to see past the propaganda that reaches her within the castle and she took her time trying to understand how the world works.

    Garin grew too! He's such a dark and mysterious character and I truly enjoyed getting to know more about him throughout the book and it was fun watching him grow and question things. That said the best thing about him was all that sass. I'm so glad we're getting a sequel because I want more of that!
"You forget the things that humans are capable of, when fear is a strong factor."

~ Morally grey characters who question the world ~

Yes I do love my good boys in books. But I'm also here for morally grey characters who are just trying to survive a cruel world. There are complex characters who have a past and don't always make the best decisions despite having good intentions. The book stresses on how people get to choose who they want to be and I really liked that.

“What is different is not necessarily dark, and even then, darkness does not equate to wickedness.Even then, I'd rather be perceived as wicked than weak, any day. Women are part heaven and hell.”
~ Disenchented is an entertaining tale of adventure with a side of hate-to-love, snarky banter, intriguing monsters, curses and atmospheric settings.~



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