Review and Giveaway! "The Twelfth Enchantment"

"The Twelfth Enchantment"
 by David Liss

Publisher: Random House
Release Date: Aug 9, 2011 
Source: sent by publisher and TLC Book Tours

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

Lucy Derrick is a young Regency woman of good breeding and poor finances: after the death of her father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as an unwanted boarder with her unpleasant uncle, fending off marriage to the local mill owner, Mr. Olson. But her prospects of even that unwanted match are complicated by the appearance of a beautiful stricken man who appears on the family doorstep begging her not to marry Mr. Olson just as he collapses. This appearance seems to open the door to a series of increasingly strange occurrences surrounding Lucy. Soon it becomes clear that there is more at stake than her own happiness — and that she is caught between two forces, one ancient and one modern — and that the soul of her very country is at stake.

My Review:

So, I admit, the reason I wanted to read this book is because I love all things Lord Byron. I assumed he wouldn't really be in the book much, but I was wrong. Byron was actually a pretty central character in the story. The author took a lot of liberties with a real historical figure, some of it worked for me, some of it didn't. It didn't bother me at the beginning, but things got very, very strange at the end and I started to wonder why he didn't just invent a purely fictional character. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading about Byron's escapades in the beginning and middle portions of the book.

The writing was very quick and clever, and it will really appeal to a lot of Austen fans. Lucy had some opinions that may have come across as snarky if written in a different way, but with Lucy's manner of speaking, it was all in good fun.

Sometimes, I find that books written by men don't really fully understand the female point of view. However, I was very impressed by how well the author wrote his female lead character. She was very strong in her opinions and values without being a cliched 'kick-ass' female character.

I've seen this book billed as YA crossover, but I'm not sure I completely agree. I don't think there's anything inappropriate, and Lucy is around age 20 or so, but I think it might be a little slow-moving by YA standards.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 3/5 (I feel like I've seen it before)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: An enjoyable fantasy read with snappy writing and a great heroine.


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  1. Is the crossover thing just cos she is young? Cos I have sure read book that are about young people and thy are not YA. Ok, I feel a rant coming on ;)

    I just see this one and think Jane Austen cos of that other novel

  2. Oh, that's so cool. Sometimes I'm wary of books written by men too, but you make it sounds like this author did a good job of it! :D

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like fun book - I love Lord Byron too!
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  4. Sounds like a fascinating story and I'm looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed your review, I hadn't heard of this book before and now I feel like I know quite a bit more.

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  5. I haven't heard of this author or book and it sounds like it would be interesting; I'm very intrigued. Review was nicely done.

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  6. I'm also wary about books written by men! I guess I have a little sexism in me! Great giveaway - this looks good!

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  7. Thanks for the great giveaway! It sounds fascinating.
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  8. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    Isn't this some kind of historical fantasy novel? I don't see how you could have fantasy elements in a book based on a true character and not take a lot of liberties. :)

    The cover does seem familiar...probably because of the Regency theme, with so many Austen-related books coming out recently.

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  10. I am a new Austen fan, so I think I will love this.
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  11. You have seen the cover before: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler 2007. Seems so lazy to use the same cover...

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  12. I'm still not sure what to think about this. I love historical fiction but I don't like when when authors take too many liberties. If they change history...I'm not sure. But I am curious.


  13. How can I say "no" to snappy writing and a great heroine? :) Thank you for the review!
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  14. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the cover, but this sounds great!

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  15. Great review. I am a fan of historical fiction so I think I would like this book.


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  18. I'm an anything Jane Austen fan! Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. I had not yet heard of this book. It is an intriguing plot even though it seems one will have to suspend disbelief a bit, especially toward the end. It is fiction, so that isn't a problem.

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  20. This sounds very interesting, would love to read this myself. Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. Thanks for they giveaway and great review! This book sounds really good :)

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  23. I'd love to read this! I've read a few of Liss's previous novels and he's an excellent writer. This fantasy things sounds like a fun twist. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  25. I enjoyed The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss and would love to give this book a try.
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