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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Enchanted- Alethea Kontis


** spoiler alert ** Enchanted was a beautiful and sweet story. Full of magic, sunlight, evil villains, dancing, pretty dresses and fairy tales.

It was a bit silly, but in that way that made me smile while I read it and entertained me. I don’t think it was terribly creative or original because the author basically just pieced together a poem and about two dozen fairy tales, but it was nice and an amusing easy read.

The fairy tales I saw (and I am sure I am forgetting some) are: Jack and the Bean Stalk, 12 Dancing Princesses, Bluebeard, Frog Prince, Princess and the Pea, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty,

I thought the characters were awesome. Rumbold/Grumble the prince was a decent hero and love interest. He seemed to care about Sunday and was interested in what she had to say, write and her happiness. I thought he was the most interesting and flushed out character.

Sunday’s parents were both rather cool. Especially once I found out the mom wasn’t mean, she just didn’t talk because her words came true. And the dad, Jack a tree feller was a good father role.

But the best part about this story was Seven and Jack’s kids:

Jack Junior- Who no one knows where he is and spent a year as a dog

Trix- a fairy changeling child that talks to animals and is their cousin they found roaming the woods

Peter- well…honestly not much was said about Peter, just kind of stoic…He didn’t really matter too much.

And then the daughters:

Monday- Most beautified, girly girl in the whole world

Tuesday- the dancer who died

Wednesday- she who would be queen, the poet, the one with the most magical power

Thursday- The Pirate Queen (Honestly she is in like ten pages and was my FAVORITE character)

Friday- The one who sews and can manipulate fabric better than anyone, good and caring

Saturday- The quick healing tomboy

Sunday- The writer whose words come true and thinks she is destined o have a doomed life…The main character.

Also what fairy tale would be complete without fairy Godmothers?

Joy and Sorrow…Oh and yes it really IS that easy to tell which one is good and which one is bad.


Rumbold’s father the King Without a Name.

I love a story that centers on a large colorful family, especially one with sisters who are close and loving. While I didn’t think Sunday was the BEST heroine ever I did think she was better and more interesting than a lot of the heroines I have been reading about of late.

I don’t know what else to say aside from I enjoyed reading this and didn’t want to put it down.

My only real issue was I found it a bit clich├ęd (and not in a cute way) at times, and the ending was rushed.

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