Saturday, July 7, 2012

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
Reviewed by: Cassie
Rating: 3.5 glass slippers

Summary (from

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?

The title Enchanted evokes a mystical and magical feel in my heart. It is endearing and charming yet provokes curiosity. What is being enchanted? Or better yet, who? A girl in a magnificent dress lays her head down next to a frog. It is a beautiful cover and an even more beautiful story.

The girl-
Sunday Woodcutter is her name, "the seventh of a seventh." Each of her sisters were named after a day of the week, and each had her own 'prophecy' to fulfill. Magic and enchantments swirl around these girls, and really, they live in a fairy tale world. Sunday has dark golden hair and bright blue eyes that shine like jewels. She is small yet her mood influences all around her, as shown in the story. She is a true dreamer through and through, and for that I ultimately respect her. She is the little girl we all wish to go back to, playing and dreaming out in nature for hours on end. She comes from a modest family with real parents. They are there and very existent. (thank you Alethea Kontis!!)
While Sunday is not a warrior with a cause or hilarious wit, she is a refreshing and innocent character we all wish we could become best friends with. She is charmingly naive and her dreamer qualities remind me of who I wished to be. Sunday is just a very sweet character <3

The guy-
Grumble the frog. So he isn't hot, but honestly... It leaves so much to the imagination. When he transforms back into a man, he is described with silky and thick chestnut hair and intense dark eyes. Despite his weakness from transformation, I found him extremely lovable. He brought images of the lovely Andrew Garfield to mind, for me! (I have a major crush on him, please don't let me influence your images of Grumble) He is loving and kind, generous and caring, and overall a very lovable guy. 
Get your crush mode on, girls, he's the kind of guy you sigh and dream for. He may not be sexy to some but when true love comes knocking on your door, does that matter?

The world-
Okay, so as I said before, this is a magical and enchanted world. There are magic bean stalks, wicked citizens with dark hair and violet eyes who cast spells, and a whole lotta kick-butt. Somehow TONS (and I mean tons) of famous fairy tales have been woven flawlessly into this novel and even incorporated into the plot. It is amazing to see hints of tales come out and suddenly your mind clicks, and you go holy cow... and ...? Wait is this what I think this is? Full of dances and balls (get your mind out of the gutter), princes and magical kisses, true love and evil magic there is a lot packed into this punch. It's simply glorious.

So there's not really any kapow!! and whatnot adventure with mystical beasts and avenging princes (that's hot) but I assure you, it's okay. It's all right. The true love and journey for it is really quite readable (do NOT gag on me, if I can handle it, you can too!) There is action, though, and some wicked axes and swords/daggers are involved. Not to mention some deadly magic and a beastly, eeeevil giant and you've basically got a decent adventure/tale to reckon with.

So you may be wondering, why not five stars? So far your review is positively glowing Cassie! (Aw shucks guys, y'all are making me blush) Well, here's my answer:

1. While Sunday is amazing in her dreamer-esque way, near the end she started to annoy me. Her sudden indecision reminded me of the petal game, "she loves me, she loves me not" except now it was "I love him, I love him not." Oh hello bipolar girl, pleased to meet you too.

2. This is a great, deep question guys. Be prepared.

How does one fall in love in simply three days?

3. Ah, Grumble. Grumble, Grumble, Grumble. How I absolutely adore you yet question your very ways. Hmm. Somehow his very charming ways lead Sunday to fall in love with him all over again in one (magical) night. Yet despite his very smooooooth ways, he has yet to run after Sunday (God, these stereotypes kill! So feminine. Whatever. It's cute.) like a man should. He simply accepts the idea that Sunday will not have him and that he will die a lonely man... For now.

4. I know fairy tales are supposed to have a happy ending, but this is not a fairy tale so I WANT MORE. That's right bitchachos, I'm a greedy kid reaching my grubby fingers for more dark-ending-crumbs. This ending was way too fairy-tale-esque and lacking young-adult-esque.

(So in summary it didn't blow my mind)

But. You should definitely try this book out if you need a change-up from all these 'regular' YA books. It is refreshing and quite literally a fairy tale. It is light and sweet (kind of like raspberry lemonade) but it has a bittersweet-ness to it, with its dark and sinuous plot twist. I highly recommend reading this, you will be reminded of what true love really is like! *Sighs*. So so sweet and lovely.

Cassie <3


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