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The first in a two-part series and it is a YA paranormal love story.
Celeste Marsden is a lively teenager hoping to live out her days with the first love who has captured her heart. However, when a fatal winter accident takes her first love, Cameron, away and leaves her with a head filled with other peoples’ memories, her future begins to look drastically different. Then she meets a boy who just might have all the answers. He is passionate, angry, and indecipherable and as he lets Celeste in on his secrets she realizes that the world around her is more dangerous than she’d ever imagined. Celeste is rattled by the feelings she develops for this boy, Isaac, and the guilt she feels for moving on. However just when she begins to truly heal and to see a future with Isaac, she realizes she has unlocked the power to bring Cameron back. If you could bring back the one you lost what would you do? What if you could change everything?
Enchanted Awakening Playlist
1. Beautiful Ride – Alanna Wilson
This is a song I wrote back in high school and it ties into the story in some interesting ways. Firstly, it is about the loss of a loved one which is a major theme in the story (as the main character Celeste loses her first love in a tragic accident). I actually wrote this song when my own first love’s father died in an accident; he was a wonderful person and I wanted to do his memory justice. It was a very sad time that made me realize how fleeting and fragile life is. Celeste’s first love is loosely based off of my own first love (Cameron is the middle name of the real life boy and they look exactly alike).
2. Back to December – Taylor Swift
The tragic accident in the story happens in the wintertime and Celeste spends her days “going back to December all the time”; it is constantly on her mind. Just like in the song, Celeste wishes she could go back and change the outcome of that fateful day, and wishes for some way to change things now. In fact there are 3 wintry days with Cameron that Celeste reflects on and yearns to change throughout the novel.
3. Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne
I think this song encompasses Celeste’s longing for Cameron and her desperation; that she’d do anything to have him there with her.
4. Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful – Kelly Pickler
Throughout the novel Celeste has issues with body image; a scar on her shoulder in particular. She has been diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder; a disorder in which the sufferer becomes obsessively preoccupied with a real or imagined (perceived) “flaw.” Cameron believed she was beautiful just as she was, but with him gone she finds herself struggling with it more than ever. I love that in the sequel “Enchantment Everlasting” she is able to overcome this and see that sometimes what we perceive as our greatest flaws can actually be our greatest gifts.
5. Enchanted – Taylor Swift
I just had to… it has part of the book title as the song title! Plus this song captures some of the feelings when Celeste meets Isaac. The lingering question kept me up, 2am who do you love? I wonder til I’m wide awake. Celeste doesn’t know what to make of what she’s feeling for this new boy, Isaac; but she knows that she needs to know more about him.
6. Wired – One More Girl
I adore this beautiful love song and it describes the force with which Celeste is drawn to Isaac. Boy there’s nothing that I can do, it’s like I’m wired to love you. I won’t give out any spoilers but there is a reason that Celeste is so drawn to Isaac beyond that of obvious attraction. I also love the lyrics: no one would ever know it, if they checked my vital signs. Yeah you could call that living, but I was not alive… you shocked me back to life in the most magnetic way. Celeste hasn’t really been “living” since losing Cameron, that is, until she meets Isaac who just like in the song, brings her back to life.
7. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
-I feel like this is a song that romantic rival Meredith (a blonde bombshell that rides a motorbike, is always talking to Isaac, and has a major secret) would like to sing to Isaac and Celeste.
8. Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift
This is the song I think Celeste would love to sing to Meredith. Meredith is certainly not a saint, and not what you think ;). I also think it’s fair to say that both women have underestimated each-other.
9. Thinking of You – Katy Perry
I adore the video for this song (so much that the character of Atarah in Enchantment Everlasting was inspired by Katy Perry from this music video). I think this song captures the feeling of being torn between two lovers, and Celeste’s guilt over being with Isaac when she still loves Cameron. And things are about to get a whole lot more complicated! But I’ll leave you to read the novel to find out why…