Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
How Excited Was I To Read Enchanted by Alethea Kontis?: 8. I love fairy tales. And it arrived at the library for me.
How Excited Was I When I Finished This Book?: 7.5. It was enjoyable. It didn’t really rock my world, so to speak, but not many do.
Book Jacket: 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: First of all, it has to be said: Sunday Woodcutter is probably the most perfectly fairy tale name ever. Love it. And that is exactly in the spirit of the book. It is a mash-up of so many other fairy tales that it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins – and that is quite unique and also quite impressive.
I think the mash-up is also why this one won’t achieve cult status with me. (Yes, I have cult status favorite fairy tale retellings. You don’t???) At the very end there was lots of magic and crazyness and confusion and then things were resolved. Oops, I just gave it away. Except you can’t hold it against me. A book named Enchanted that is a mash-up of fairy tales has a happy ending. Surprise! But amidst all the stories and the sudden (even somewhat violent!) magic, I was just confused and a little lost. In theory, I loved this book. In practice, it fell short of my expectations. But don’t let that deter you from picking it up – it’s a fun read and the clever moments that worked, while admittedly interspersed with many that just didn’t, made it worthwhile on the whole.
I’m a bit overwhelmed with work right now, so that’s my impressions in a nutshell! Take from that what you will. Also, my sister should really read this – it was on her summer TBR courtesy of moi! She likes her fairy tales a little weirder. Her favorite is the Twelve Dancing Princesses…
Sexual Tension: Typical fairy tale instant love. It pretended it wasn’t, but it really was. Still, it’s hard to make the Frog Prince all that cute, and this succeeded. Moreover it was so self-consciously fairy tale, that the insta-love didn’t bother me here!
Re-Readability: Might be worthwhile so I could figure out what exactly was going on at the end?
Sister Factor: HUGE. I’m adding this category back just for this review. Loved Sunday’s relationship with her sisters. Oddly very realistic at times and probably my favorite part of the whole book!
Recommended for: This one’s easy. If you like fairy tales, you’ll probably like this book!
If You Liked This Book You Should Also Check Out: I’m just going to put the classics, though I’m not breaking any new ground here! Ella Enchanted, The Goose Girl, Princess of the Midnight Ball… there are so many great retellings!
Sidenote: I can’t believe this is our first fairy tale review! I’m afraid it wasn’t the best place to start because it’s hard to compare this particular book to any other!