Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (May 8th, 2012)
Hardcover: 305 pages
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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?

Review:

In this adorable explosion of fairy tales, Sunday, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, is destined to be blithe and bonny and good and gay [Sunday and her sisters (Monday to Saturday) are blessed (or cursed) with the fates of the children’s nursery rhyme Monday’s Child]. To Sunday, that sounds pretty boring, but than she meets an enchanted frog who will change her’s and her family’s world. With true love’s kiss, Rumbold turns back in the crown prince of Arilland. Determined to win back Sunday as the man he is, he throws three balls, hoping Sunday will fall in love with him. But things are not always that easy, especially with a scheming king, a hoard of siblings and fairy godmothers causing a ruckus.

There’s a lot of things happening in this fairy tale world, which was both its best strength and biggest flaw. The mix of fairy tales kept me delightfully entertained, but at the same time, some plot lines seems to be quite jumpy. The hit-or-miss for most people I think is the insta-love between Sunday and Rumbold. For me, I took it as it was, a fairy tale, instant love and all, making it very easy to root for them. Also, Sunday actually has more than just sisters, she also has brothers. And my favourite is Trix, who just runs around being the adorable accidental troublemaker he is, but at the same time is pretty insightful too. I actually love big family stories, the only problem is I want everyone to have their own story too; prequels/sequels all around please haha!

This is an adorable mish-mash fairy tale, where half the fun is trying to spot the fairy tale references as they’re wonderfully woven together in a new way. As a young adult book, it lacks a certain depth with the plot, where it just skims the surface of the dark side of fairy tales, however as a children’s book, it finds a great balance between adventure and scariness. It’s such a fun and light read, perfect for a quick escape from reality.

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Author: Cyn

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