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Delighted At Every Turn | Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Get ready for a gushing review of Enchanted!

Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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Title & Author: Enchanted (The Woodcutter Sisters) by Alethea Kontis

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Series: Woodcutter Sisters #1

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“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?”

3 for the Price of 1

After seeing Dearest, the third Woodcutter Sister book publish recently, my curiosity got the better of me and I bought Enchanted, the first book in the series.

I remembered seeing this book when it came out a few years ago. The cover put me off for some reason (she looks uber helpless…?).

The cover could not and cannot contain the awesomeness that is Enchanted. I’m not sure how she did it, but Alethea Kontis created a unique, fresh fairy tale by weaving classic stories you thought you knew together.

Stories like Jack and the Bean Stalk, Cinderella and The Princess and The Frog all blend in subdued and altered ways to create this interesting and unputdownable story.

The Woodcutters are a large and strange family. They consist of 7 daughters named after days of the week (plus a son and a cousin), and everyone has some trace magic they can perform because of their distant fey backgrounds.

The story centers on Sunday, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. You know there’s bound to be trouble with a history like that.

Enchanted had the incredible ability to delight me at every turn. I adored the Woodcutters and their frequent mischief and magic. And, the adventure and romance was charming and very nicely balanced.

What I already love, too, is that these stories feel more or less self-contained. If you read Enchanted and loved it you could be done reading this series if you like. I mean, I don’t know why you would want to stop, but if you were too busy (how?!) or not interested (why?!), you could easily stop based on how things wrap up.

Bonus loves: sisterly bonds, family mysteries and strong friendships with great banter.

OVERALL:

If you’re looking to get swept off your feet by a fresh new fairy tale with so-loveable-you-could-squeeze-them characters and a quick-to-fall-but-slow-to-develop romance than Enchanted is the book is for you.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jessica

    Loved this book! I totally agree with your review… the way she weaved multiple classic fairy tale elements was lovely and still incredibly unique. <3

    The Thoughtful Novelist

  • Stephanie

    This sounds right up my alley! I’ll have to check it out.