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Much Ado About Magic by Shanna Swendson

Much Ado About Magic

by Shanna Swendson

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Talk about an exciting wrap up of the conspiracy that just kept getting bigger with every book in the series! Katie and Owen are a great team and there is enough humor to make reading about their adventures a fair bit of fun. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 13, 2015 |
Cute, but rather plodding. ( )
  hoosgracie | Nov 27, 2012 |
Much Ado About Magic, by Shanna Swendson, is the fifth installment of the Enchanted, Inc. series. It's a delightfully easy read, a perfect book for summer, as long as you are truly not expecting much ado about magic. In fact, there is very little magic about the story. The world within the plot is a world of magicians, normals who are susceptible to magic, and individuals, such as the protagonist Katie Chandler, who are magic-immune. Katie can't feel magic, can't see the effects of magic, and - what makes this book so easily written, and probably readable for those who are not into paranormal or fantasy fiction - doesn't understand what actually happens whenever anyone has anything to do with magic. She and her ultra attractive, ultra powerful wizard boyfriend, Owen Palmer, try to save the world from corporate espionage and struggles for power.

In more detail, the magic world of this series appears to be run by a shadowy government and by a corporation, Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. (referred to in the book as MSI). MSI is firmly on the side of good. However, a second corporation involved in magic, driven by an individual who seeks to take over the world, wishes to gain power. Meanwhile, Owen, as handsome, adorable, and perfect as he is, has to face his childhood demons. Who will win? And how? I read the book, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can't really answer the second question. The reader is never sure how magic works, although some spells are described (for example, the author goes into great detail in how wizards move apartments and make coffee; packing and brewing are not required). In all other respects, the wizards are always saying something, waving their arms around, using spices, but other than that, magic is a mystery. The author includes just the right amount of detail to make the universe where magic is practiced and exists believable, but not enough to truly elevate this book into fantasy fiction.

Aside from attention to detail, the book is a great read to bring along on vacation. It's cute and relatively well-written. There is a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, a little bit of heartbreak - nothing too taxing on the reader, however. Serious readers of fantasy genre (for example, the Wheel of Times series or the Games of Thrones) will hate it. Casual, weekend-readers who are not turned off by the title, will pick it up and probably enjoy it. ( )
  NikiTee | Aug 15, 2012 |
Fans of this series have waited since 2008 for a new book now it is here! This entry in the Enchanted Inc. series is full of action, magic, and a bit of romance. Kate Chandler has returned to NYC after a stint in
Texas and is hoping to get her job back at MSI as a magical immune. She is also looking forward to seeing Owen, her boyfriend and fellow employee at MSI.
When Kate walks in the door, she is instantly rehired and even promoted and the whole company acts as if she never left. Kate is put in charge of promotions, which is especially important as rival company Spellworks has been pulling dirty tricks to capture more of the magic market. Kate also meets Ivo Ramsay, former head of MSI and the one who killed two rogue wizards many years ago. Kate feels that something about Ramsay is off and the more she gets to know him the more she suspects him of no good. Unfortunately, Kate can’t get anyone to listen to her and things come to a head when Owen is arrested for using illegal magic.
This series has always been interesting with its unique look at how magic and non-magic folk interact and how two people with different abilities can make a relationship work. Kate is open and friendly and magic immune. Owen is guarded and shy and possesses strong magic. In previous books, Owen has been the powerful one that Kate needed and in this book the roles are reversed. Kate is the one with the good instincts and who Owen needs to get his life and reputation back. When he doesn’t listen to her after they realize that Ramsay is up to something, he almost loses the opportunity to get the pivotal piece of information that can save MSI. The book ends with a real twist that could change things between them forever. There is another book in the works and it should be a doozy ! ( )
  SharonR53 | Aug 13, 2012 |
4 years. That's how long I've been waiting for the conclusion of Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. series. I missed Katie Chandler. I missed Owen Palmer. And I missed the myriad of characters populating Swendson's world. And just when I'd come to terms with not knowing how these characters would end up, Shanna Swendson's 5th book of the series pops up on NetGalley. And all was well with the world. In this final installment, Katie is at it again. Not only is she drafted to save Enchanted, Inc. by coming up with a stellar marketing strategy her first day back on the job. But she has to help her super-wizardy, super-hot boyfriend, Owen Palmer, fight against the current crime wave crippling New York City. As with any long-awaited final installment of a series, there are certain questions the reader expects to be answered. What is Owen's true parentage? Will he and Katie end up together? And who is really behind the plot to takeover the magical world? Thankfully, Shanna Swendson answers all those questions. And overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It felt like sitting down with an old friend, I hadn't spoken to in years. There's a certain amount of awkwardness in the beginning. But after a time, there's a comfortable rhythm you settle into. Even though I REALLY did not like the end of Owen's storyline (side eyes Shanna), I thoroughly enjoyed everything else. Kudos to Swendson for writing chick lit worth reading.
  ChickLitWorthReading | Aug 10, 2012 |
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Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar, like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create. When Idris's rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception. When Katie stages a showcase for MSI's magical achievements, she doesn't realize she's playing right into a devious plot more than three decades in the making. To save the magical world, she'll have to prove who the real enemy is by digging deeper into Owen's mysterious past ...… (more)

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