Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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Publication Date:
May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt's Children's Books
ISBN:  0547645708
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fairytale/Romance
Source: Bookshelf
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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?

Imagine every fairy-tale you can think of, have you ever wondered where all the Princesses, woodcutter's daughters, and peasant girls, come from? Look no further than Sunday and her family who have lived out a number of tales, including: Jack and the Bean Stalk, the Frog Princess, the Tattered Slippers, Cinderella, the Swan Princess and pieces of myriad others.

What I Liked: Sunday is a very sweet, if not a little naive, as a heroine. I like her despite the fact she hates the royal family, for something that occurred despite her birth (an event that her family refuses to discuss, yet I suppose this is how prejudice breeds - through ignorance).
Sunday has a real joy in herself and her family that the reader can enjoy. They drive her made, but she loves them more than she can say. Her younger, faster brother Trix, had a nice innocent sweetness - in fact the whole novel exuded sweetness like sugared strawberries.
The story itself was complex, and weaved together any number of fairytales - probably more than I could recognise.

What I Didn't Like: I'm all for twisting, complex plots but Enchanted just ripped up other stories and forced them in. Too many fairytale pieces, and the sudden appearance of magical powers: completely unnecessary. The entire thing moved far too quickly, and jumped about (in my opinion) needlessly.
I was only just beginning to enjoy Sunday and her frog (about two days in) when Poof, he's a man again. A man who is throwing a ball and sees her three days later and does nothing in particular but she falls in love anyway.
I could have done without any Jack related stories AT ALL, since they failed to provided anything to this story and the King and his fairy just gave me the creeps - and not in a good way.

Enchanted is an interesting tale but I needed more from it, at this point it is a stand alone tale, but I think it would benefit from further telling. But isn't this the PRETTIEST cover you've ever seen?


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this one! It reminds me of Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancig, except with many more retellings written in.


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