Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again! That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help-by finding the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luckily, Annie has assistance from handsome prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her non-magical sleeve . . .
It’s another world-wind adventure of fairytales in this sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess. The story begins where it left off in the first book, Annie has saved her sister Gwen by finding her true love Prince Beldegard (never mind that he’s been curse and is a bear now) and Annie’s found her own prince charming in Liam. All Annie wants to do is spend some time with Liam. But now people have taken a liking to Annie’s ability to be impervious to magic and it seems every person in the kingdom has an object that they would like to make sure is not under any magic spell to be something else. To get away for a while, Annie agrees to help find the evil dwarf that cursed Beldegard so that happy couple can leave her alone, and so back to adventuring goes Annie and Liam, now with Beldegard and Gwen tagging along too.
Unlocking the Spell is really cute, and I love how E.D Baker uses the fairy tales surrounding animals (ie. The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and Three Bears) to her advantage to relay a theme to the story. Unfortunately I didn’t like this nearly as much as The Wide-Awake Princess. I still loved the elemental twists to the fairy tales, but Beldegard and Gwennie were irritating lovebirds indeed and I really wanted more Annie/Liam interaction! (Anne and Liam spend more time being annoyed/making fun of the lovebirds, than being lovebirds themselves).
Personally I felt that this book’s overall feel and plot was a bit more childish than the first. However it’s still a really cute and fun fairy tale twist that provides a nice little wrap up to book one. Hopefully there’s be more (with more Annie and Liam’s happily ever after!) adventures in the future.
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