Sunday, April 13, 2014

[Book Review] Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
eISBN: 978-0-547-82235-8
Price: $8.99
#296 pages, 329 pages with Hero & Dearest excerpt, eBook Edition
Genre: Fairy Tales, YA
Review Date: Apr. 13, 2014

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis was selected for World Book Night 2014 and because I absolutely love Fairy Tales and their retellings, I added this book to my to-read list and finally managed to get to it.

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?

Enchanted is actually like the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm, where the entire book references various fairy tales. The major plot line is obviously from The Frog Prince and throughout the book, you will see scenes incorporating the different fairy tale elements and it was very well done and transitions smoothly like when Trix sold their cow for a handful of magic beans or when Sunday ran away from Prince Rumbold and the prince plucked a rose from the tree and it turned into a gold and silver shoe, or when Sunday and her family were viciously attacked in the courtyard by the other girls and Sunday put them all to sleep, or a reference to how Tuesday danced to death, or how King Hargath grew into a giant and climbed down the beanstalk.

"... and I am doomed to a happy life" these are the opening words to Enchanted as what Sunday Woodcutter has written in her journal in the woods and to me, it sounded like it was a bad thing which of course made me ask 'Why would having a happy life be so bad for her?' which in turn made me want to learn more about her.

Prince Rumbold's declaration of love is far better than Cinderella's Prince Charming when Rumbold said to Sunday while Rollins presented the shoe on a pillow, "This shoe belongs to the woman who holds my heart... It belongs to my soul mate..." And I really love how Sunday responds to Prince Rumbold's declaration by saying, "I cannot promise you a happy ending... But I can promise you an interesting life," while putting on the shoe.

And for a woman of so few words, I love how Seven Woodcutter finally showed some emotion as she bade Wednesday goodbye when she said, "I knew you were never meant for this world...but you got to be mine for a time..."

Despite the fact that this book somehow was very confusing (as confusing as Prince Rumbold's memory gap) — because as you read along, you accumulate more questions than answers —Enchanted was very well written, and quite enjoyable if you are like me who loves fairy tales and their retellings. This is the first work of Alethea Kontis that I have ever read and I really enjoyed her writing style and I am looking forward to reading more books from  her, particularly from this series.

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