Enchanted

 

TITLE: Enchanted

AUTHOR: Alethea Kontis

GENRE: Young Adult, Fairytale Adaptation, Fantasy and Fiction.

RATING: 3 /5

SETTING(S) : Elder Woods and Kingdom of Arilland

SUBJECT:  Fairy Tales, True Love, Secrets, Fairy Godmothers, Cinderella, Snow White, Seven Little Princes, Sleeping Beauty, Princess & The Pea, Frog Prince, Jack & Bean Stock, Rumpelstiltskin and Faerie Story.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Sunday Woodcutter, Grumble (Frog), Princess Monday Woodcutter, Wednesday Woodcutter, Thursday the Pirate Queen, Friday Woodcutter, Saturday Woodcutter, Trix Woodcutter, Peter Woodcutter, Second Woodcutter, Jack Woodcutter, Faerie Joy, Faerie Sorrow, King Hargath, Queen Madelyn, Prince Rumbold, Duke Velius, Eric the Knight, and Rollins.

BOOK SUMMARY: 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.  Continue Reading….

MY SUMMARY:  Sunday is the seventh daughter and ninth child in the Woodcutters family.  As being the youngest, she is not taken seriously and is ignored most of the time.  The only comfort she has is her stories which she writes down among the pages of her enchanted journal.  One day when she escapes to the enchanted woods behind her house while reading her family history she comes across a frog.  Not any frog a talking frog.  A new friendship and love forms.  Will her new froggy friend Grumble and her be able to survive the coming changes to Arilland? What hidden secrets will open among her family history?

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MY REVIEW:  During my search of new reading material I came across this book.  I read several reviews and summaries before choosing to read it.  It was similar to what I have been reading lately, adaptations to fairy tales or historical novels.  At the end I decided to take my chances.  Warning to all those iffy readers do not judge this book by the first couple of pages or chapter .  It was a book that had a lot of potential.  The writing was not there and at times it was all over the place.  Some of the details were lost or missing.  As a reader I had to figure out what was occurring or read between the lines.

If I judged it based on it writing I would of failed it which was due to poor editing.  As a story I thought it was really good.  All the characters even the evil ones were likable.  I liked how all the different pieces of the children stories came together at times it was a little much but it came together.

I also like that my name date sake became a hero.  I do not like the idea that the day of the week I was born is the daughter of woe.  So I liked how the author gave her some strengths and looked at it in a different perspective.  She did that for all the day names and showed that even the perfect ones had some weaknesses.

The back and forth of Sunday’s feelings for her true love was overly written.  At the end it does not become clear if he ever tells Sunday the truth or his life story.  I blame the twilight sega and other stories about young love.  In todays pop culture we are exploring love and romance; mainly the ideal or the false image of it.   Just like Romanticism paintings we are still falsely painting what is love .  But at the end as a reader it is getting a little old.

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