REVIEW: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

REVIEW: Enchanted by Alethea KontisEnchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1) by Alethea Kontis
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers (2012), Paperback, 336pg
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Source: BEA 2013


Summary:

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? (from Goodreads)

Buy on Amazon | Goodreads

-

This got off to a good start! I really liked the first few chapters. I liked the world, I liked the characters, I liked the fairy tale stuff sprinkled throughout.

And then! It took a turn. Sunday and the frog fell in love, the world exploded, and idk what was going on.

I mean, okay, in fairy tales it’s not too unusual for people to fall in love in three days (even if one of those people is a frog). I could understand that! But then it turned out that EVERYONE was magical and EVERYONE had a special gift and MAGICAL DESTINY and, based on the previous mostly-normal chapters…I don’t think the forshadowing/hints about that were strong enough to support the 180* I felt I went through in that single chapter. It was like slow buildup, slow buildup– BAM! MAGICAL EVERYTHING AND THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! And it was really weird!

Eventually, though, I got over that too. And then I started to enjoy the book again! Here’s what I liked:

The romance. It was a little melodramatic and WOE IS ME but that got balanced out by the adorableness of the prince trying to win back Sunday.

The creepy faeries. So cool! More creepy faeries, please. I love it when magical creatures go slightly askew from how you’d usually think of them— so, for instance, in Enchanted the fairy godmothers are, uh. Not cuddly and plump and nice. Creepy! Yay!1

The mixing in of different faerie tales. For example, here’s some of what I figured out: Jack the Giant Killer, those shoes that dance you to death, the shoe house, the swan princess, and the frog prince (of course). So cool! Especially since it was all, like the faeries, just a little bit dark and creepy.

Sunday’s sisters are amazing! I want to read books from their POVs, too– especially Thursday, who is a pirate queen. Luckily, I have Hero, the companion book which is coming out in October. It’s Saturday’s book! Saturday the Amazon woodcutter warrior lady. Yay!2

All in all, Enchanted was a wonderful fairy tale retelling/re-imagining/whatever! I mean, yeah, I had a few issues with the pacing in the beginning, there. But the rest of it was so good that I don’t really mind about that.

If you, like me, are a fan of fairy tales, you HAVE to read Enchanted. It’s creepy, it’s slightly gothic, a fabulously magical plot, great characters and enough romance to satisfy anyone.

Read: June 12-14, 2013

Footnotes

  1. I like evil mermaids, too. Basically anything that goes at right angles to the Disney version of things.
  2. The lady on the cover of Hero doesn’t look like anything I thought Saturday would look like.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.