Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Enchanted

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Published by Harcourt's Childrens Books
$17.99 (US hardback)
305 pages

What it's about:

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?

My thoughts:
I actually read this book a while back so this will not be a very in-depth review.

Mostly what I want to say about this book is how much it surprised me. When I think of retold fairy tales, I think of cheesey, modern day stories. You know, like Alex Flynn's books. They are cute and stick pretty close to the Disney versions. That is not at all the case with this book. Not even close. Enchanted had a more "grown up" voice to it. It felt more "Grimm" rather than "Disney" to say the least.

What I also didn't expect was for the book to have a whole lot of fairy tales in it. It wasn't just the Frog Prince story, but it also had Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, The Old Lady in the Shoe, and many more. They all had their own twists and flowed really well together.

I absolutely adored this book and I will definitely be rereading it sometime in the near future. It is one of those books that every time I see the cover of it, I think "awww I loved that book!" and look back on it with nothing but fondness.

My rating: 10/10


  1. This is one of my favorite books! I read dozens of fairy tale retellings, and this is definitely one of the most creative ones you'll run into. Love the review! Here's mine!

  2. Now I want to read Enchanted so much more! It looks so amazing and I have to get to the store soon so I can buy a bunch of books on my TBR! Great review!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***


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