Genre: Fairytale Retelling
First Impression: Fairytale, Fairytale, Fairytale… *wants*
Synopsis: 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?
200words (or less) review: Within the first few pages I adored this book. I actually stayed up late to finish it. Enchanted has everything that is great about fantasy books; amazing characters, magic, adventure, lessons and true love.
The main story might be the retelling of The Princess and the Frog but Alethea Kontis has skillfully woven in so many other tales. Some are just small references dotted here and there, every time I came across one I smiled, others have important parts to play. Each one has a twist; I loved the history behind the Sleeping Beauty’s spindle for example.
There are so many great characters in Enchanted I don’t really want to single anyone out. The Woodcutter family makes for interesting reading, all the sisters are unique and as the story progresses so do their roles. Velius and Twix are two of my favourite characters.
Enchanted is everything I wanted it to be and a little extra. 🙂