Friday, April 5, 2013

Enchanted: a review

By Alethea Kontis 
Alethea Kontis on Goodreads
Harcourt Children's Books; copyright 2012
305 pages

A review in 10 words or less:  Not just another fairytale.  Sorcerers, princesses, talking frogs, giant beanstalks, mystery, daring, and love.

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?

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Sunday is a lonely girl in a big family.  Her mother rarely talks, her father is mourning the loss of a sun, and Sunday's eight remaining siblings all seemed to have found a purpose in life.  One fateful afternoon, Sunday befriends a talking frog by the well hidden deep in the woods behind her home.  This one fateful moment sets a family of destinies in motion, and apparently it's just the beginning.

The Awesome
I love fairytales.  I know I've said that before.  I love the "once upon a time", the magic, the battle between good and evil, and the general whimsical nature of the tales that have been handed down for generations.  Kontis breathes life into so many of my favorites.  She seamlessly weaves multiple favorites into one new, unique story.

This fairytale also has fairies.  And I like fairies.  Fairies are awesome.

The Not So Awesome
There are some unanswered questions, a back story that I feel cheated by.  So it's book one in a series.  Who are the shadows that torture the king?  What exactly did Rumbold do in his past?  Who is this awesome fairy cousin, and can we see more of him in the future?

After a few books that I could take or leave, it was refreshing to get back on familiar ground.  I read to escape, the last couple I read didn't allow me to do that.  But Enchanted...well, Enchanted was enchanting.  It really was whimsical, magical, and light, and I can't wait for the next installment.

Similar Reads - Entwined by Heather Dixon, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, or A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.

Favorite Quote - “If you did not indulge in fantasies, how else would you know if you were living an interesting life?”

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