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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Show me a fairy tale book, and you're almost guaranteed I'm going to read it. I just love fairy tales and I love how creative authors can get when they are retelling them. So when I read the summary of Enchanted and thought, Oh, a Princess and the Frog retelling, I thought it would be awesome.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) Okay, this book was so much more than just The Princess and the Frog. It begins with a similarity to that story, but the more you read into Sunday's family and her sisters who are all named after days of the week, the more you realize that Enchanted is really a story that encompasses many of the popular fairy tales. Imagine if all those fairy tale stories you loved actually happened to one family. In Enchanted, the main characters from these stories were Sunday and her brothers and sisters. I absolutely loved this idea, and thought Miss Kontis was so creative in the way she wove each of these beloved stories together. *feels love overflowing for this book* In case you're wondering, I'm not telling you which stories she used, because part of the fun for me was making the connections, and I wouldn't want to take that away from anyone. 2) Rumbold. Looking past his bizarre name...No, he was a sweet guy. He was very considerate and caring, worried about Sunday and her family. The backstory of why her family hates him and his family so much is a little convoluted, so mostly I was on his side. I would definitely like to be his princess! He's a little weak-willed at times, but he seems to regain his strength as the story progresses. 3) Sunday. I loved having this story come from her perspective. As the youngest of the Days of the Week siblings, she can explain the stories of the siblings from her point of view, which of course has changed as she's gotten older. *feels love for this book overflowing again, reigns it back in.* Sunday's particular brand of magic happens in the stories that she writes, which is her main outlet as the youngest and sometimes overlooked seventh daughter. Her imagination is part of what makes her such an interesting character. 4) The plot. I never would have imagined how all of these stories could have fit together, creating a competent, fun, and understandable story. Each fairy tale has it's unique storyline, but Miss Kontis has brought them all together beautifully without losing what made us love them in the first place.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, I said before that the back story between the Woodcutters and the Royal family is a little convoluted, and it is. I didn't understand it very well, and I'm almost certain that Sunday doesn't either. Since everything happened before she was born, she was born with a dislike for them, without knowing why. 2) The second thing I didn't like was that I couldn't figure out Thursday's story. Maybe it's a fairy tale that I am unfamiliar with, but I just didn't know who she was supposed to be!! This is not really a dislike, more like a general wondering. If anyone knows, I'd love for you to tell me!

Overall Thoughts: I cannot praise this book enough. I loved the characters, I loved the idea, I loved the plot and having all of my favorite fairy tales coming together in one place. Miz Kontis's writing style was perfect in keeping with this theme, and the end result is a lovely story full of magic and drama, pulling together classic characters and classic stories in new and exciting ways. This is not to be missed!

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. I've been following you for some time and as a token for your great work, I've awarded you the Booker Award. Come by my blog and check it out.

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    1. Thanks, Gina! Glad that you can always find something ya like here on FCB!
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  2. I absolutely adored this book! There was actually a few stories in here that I couldn't figure out and was just guessing that it was the author's made up parts.

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    1. I know, there were some I couldn't figure out as well! I scoured her website trying to see if I could get some more clues, but no dice! I guess it was just all part of the charm!

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  3. YAY so glad to hear you loved this one!!!!! I have heard great things about it and I love fairy tales too!!!!! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the author;'s writing style and that you loved the characters (Rumbold!) I think I will definitely be reading this one soon. Thank you so much for the wonderful review :-)

    BTW I adore your blog layout!!! It is absolutely gorgeous :-) The book cover looks perfect with it!

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    1. Well, I hope you do get to it soon, because it is one of my favorite fairy tale books that I have read in a long time. I've already been loaning it to friends, otherwise I'd probably have read it again!

      And thank you! I love my layout too! It's very me. I love pink and yellow. My fingernails are even painted alternating pink and yellow!

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