Series: Game of Hearts #1
Publication Date: June 6th 2014
Publisher: Mindy Ruiz Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Cassandra Vera never ever broke the rules.
She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, seventeen-year-old Cassandra agrees to a road trip, which is the perfect way to celebrate her birthday and ring in the New Year. After all, she’s headed to Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know her past is buried there as well.
Cloaked in the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her, and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle — and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.
Enchanted Heart came as a surprise to me. I wasnt exactly sure what to expect, but what I got was a sassy protagonist and all-out action. Cassandra is your classic good girl: she follows the rules, she doesnt talk back (much), and shes responsible. However, when she breaks the most sacredand perhaps most ridiculous rule in her eyesby stepping foot in Las Vegas, her whole world as she knows it changes in an instant.
Cassie was a really fun character to read. Despite her whole world going up in flames, Cassies got spunk and charisma. You can tell what kind of person someone is by the way they handle difficult situations, and Cassies actions in the aftermath of the big revelation speak volume. Instead of throwing a hissy fit (like I wouldve probably done) she sucks it up and goes along with her parents wisheseven if it kills her. Furthermore, she carries a certain strength that has nothing to do with her destiny and that made me like her all the much more.
The only thing that I just couldnt get behind on was the insta-romance. In the beginning AJ comes off as mysterious and charming, and I could certainly see the appeal. However, things between AJ and Cassie get way too serious, way too fast. Their relationship had so much potential to grow slowly and deeply, and unfortunately, that was not the case with these two.
Ruizs use of the Houses was certainly a unique twist to the fantasy genre I wasnt expecting, and she managed to pull it off quite nicely. Action-packed and with dangerous turns at every corner, Enchanted Heart was a thrilling read, filled with twists and turns.