Thursday, June 21, 2012

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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?

This is a cute book that's definitely for fairy tale lovers. It reads like one and references practically all of them, so you kind of need to like fairy tales if you're going to read this book. :)

Personally, I love fairy tales so this book was right up my alley. I gave it a lot of leeway, simply because of the fairy tale aspect—there is no way anything in this book could be mistaken for what happens in real life, so I didn’t look at it that way. Instead, I put my feet up and went along for the ride. And it was a very pleasant ride.

This story references Jack and the Beanstalk, The Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, and more, but it is far more than the sum of its parts. The plot is more complicated than I anticipated (a pleasant surprise), and the characters have plenty of depth. The voice perfectly fits the story, and the first line is the best I’ve seen in quite some time:
“My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life.”
Doomed to a happy life?? That hooked me right there.

If fairy tales aren’t your thing, then this isn’t the story for you. But if you have a soft spot for them, then you’ll probably enjoy this darling of a book. 

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Kelly Hashway said...

Sounds fun. I enjoyed Cloaked, so this would probably be a good book for me.

Anonymous said...

This seems to be a different and fascinating read. Thanks for the review.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm a sucker for a good fairytale and frogs, too. Sounds good.

Milka said...

This one sounds interesting! And the cover is simply gorgeous.
Thanks for the review. :)

Unknown said...

You're right, that first line is awesome. Thanks for the insightful review!

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