Thursday, 1 October 2015 / 3 Comments

Mini Review - The Enchanted Island by Ellie O'Neill


I normally like to do full reviews of the books I read, especially those I get from publishers, but my laptop has been sent off for repair to stop me doing something like this 

and I'm working on something only slightly more recent than this
so I think a little break in tradition is in order.

 The Enchanted Island by Ellie O'Neill

Published by Simon & Schuster on November 1st 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley

Maeve O'Brien has got herself into some trouble. She's run out of credit on her cards and her best friend and room mate didn't appreciate it when she used her emergency card for a spot of botox and subsequently kicked her out. So when her boss offers her a job on a small, remote island, she jumps at the chance to get away. What she finds is a community shrouded in a mystery, where miracles happen at a cost. The locals aren't going to let anything change their island, and Maeve may get more than she's bargained for.

It took me quite a while to warm up to Maeve. Selfish and completely self absorbed, I just wasn't that interested in what would happen to her. Eventually it was the island itself that drew me in, and I wanted to find out its secret. The romance was well done, but because I didn't really care about Maeve, I wasn't that interested in whether she found her HEA.

If you don't mind an unlikeable protagonist, or like to see someone redeem themselves, then this might be more your cup of tea than it was mine.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Nicole. Not sure this one is for me. I don't mind a difficult lead character but not sure selfish and self-absorbed would mean I care for her either!!!

    1. She does come around, but I think I know too many like people like that to enjoy that type of character :)

  2. That's too bad the protagonist is unlikable. I do enjoy books that are set on islands (The Scorpio Races, Miss Peregrine) because there is always a special charm to it. But, unfortunately it sounds like this book just didn't quite cut it. I've actually never heard of it. I don't read contemporary too often so that could be part of it. I've branched out some into contemporary this year and have enjoyed it more than I thought. Sorry about your computer and hopefully you'll get it back soon! Working on old computers can be a frustrating in and of itself! lol


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