Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted

 

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

Charming, Magical, Delightful, Enchanting! That just about sums up this book. It’s easily one of my all-time favorite books. It’s the ultimate mash-up of almost every fairy tale you’ve ever heard of, and then some!

From the moment I opened the book I new I was in for a real treat. I was more than right. It reminded me of exactly why I love fairy tale retellings. They breathe fresh air into beloved childhood classics in a way that makes them appealing now.

I think what I loved most were the characters. They stepped right off the page and into your heart. There were all the classic fairy tale stereotypes, and so many more. They each added their own layer of richness and depth to the story, intertwining their own stories with one another.

The writing swept me off my feet and carried me through the most breathtaking plot I ever laid eyes on. It was very smooth and flowed effortlessly. There were so many twists and turns that even I, being a fairy tale expert, couldn’t spot them all. It takes a true master to do that.

If you’ve ever read a fairy tale, or thought about reading one, or even if you’ve lived under a rock your whole life, you need to read this book! You won’t regret it!

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4 comments:

  1. Ooh, this sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the review.

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  2. One of your all time favorites? Oh wow, that's big! Especially coming from someone who reads as many fairy tale retellings as you. I've heard such promising things about this one. It sounded like it could have become muddled, but that it didn't and that she mixed all of the tales excellently. I'm certainly going to be reading this one in the future!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it soon. It's absolute perfection!

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  3. I really did enjoy this, but to be quite honest, I thought it was confusing at parts. Did you not feel this same way?

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