Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Retell Me a Story Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Welcome to another day of Retell Me a Story fun!  In case you've missed out on anything so far, check out the welcome and giveaway post, a guest post from Nikki of BookPairing, a list of new and upcoming retellings, a guest post from author Diane Zahler and a review of one of Diane's fairy tale retellings, a fun Robin Hood guest post by Suey of It's All About Books, and a fabulous guest post by author Marissa Meyer.  And up now is a review of a mash-up of several fairy tale retellings!

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date: May 2012
Pages: 320
Source: Library
For: Fun!

Sunday's grown up in the shadow of her six older sisters, but she's found solace in her writing. But, because the things she writes has power, even this seems to be stolen away. When she meets a talking frog, something finally good seems to happen to her life. At least, it seems so until that frog is transformed back into someone her family despises.

Things I Liked:
The sheer number of fairy tale details going on was my favorite part.  I adored how many different stories you could pick out in the lives of just one family.  I loved the beginning, how Sunday told about her family and her friendship with the frog.  I love how deeply fairy tales impacted this story and just how unique each twist was on the original.  Sunday was an interesting character, as were all her sisters that I wish I'd gotten to know more of.  It's definitely a unique twist on fairy tale retelling.

Things I Didn't Like:
I was not enamoured of the romance.  I thought that a few days in the company of a friendly frog should not necessarily inspire true love.  Also, I think things got a confusing for me with how many different stories and weird things were going on near the end.  Most were explained by the end, but I was just confused a few too many times with what seemed like random strange things happening to Sunday or Rumbold.  Still, I was entertained and enjoyed the journey. 

Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George



a few violent or disturbing scenes

Overall rating: ****

What's your favorite mash-up involving multiple fairy tales?

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  1. I knew this was a re-telling, but I don't think I ever realized it was a bunch of different re-tellings. I'm even more excited to read it now! :)

    1. It really was a fun collection of different fairy tales - and fun to try and figure out which ones :)

  2. Oh weird. Well, the cover is beautiful.

    1. Heck, for all I know it could have been just me. I really enjoyed it for the most part, just got confused near the end.


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