Thursday, January 31, 2013

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Review

Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Woodcutters, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A modern fairy tale that pays homage to the old ones, Enchanted is a story of love and magic that will entertain fantasy fans, as well as those who love fairy tale reinterpretations.

Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, a dreamer who loves to escape to the Wood to write tales. The catch? Whatever she seems to write, if it hasn't already happened, happens to come true. One day in her solitude she meets a frog named Grumble, who listens to the story of her family--her parents, sisters, and desire to not be 'cursed with a happy life'. Meeting this frog changes her life forever.

What I enjoyed:
-Sunday--she was my favorite character in the whole novel
-The small homages to different fairy tales
-Sunday's eccentric, but loving family
-Grumble
-the author's writing style, which reminds me of fairy tales--I felt like a child again, reading this modern fairy tale
-the constant surprises and secrets, revealed at a good pace
-the use of fairy magic throughout the novel
-the intimate descriptions of Sunday's sisters
-Velius
-the medieval setting

What I didn't like:
-The seemingly constant references to fairy tales all in the same story

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and anyone looking for a modern fairy tale with nods to the classics will love it, as well as fans of spunky, sweet heroine.

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