Enchanted Early Review

By Alethea Kontis
Published by Harcourt Children's Books
Published on May 8, 2012
Source: Author/ NetGalley

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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?

I tore through this book- I absolutely loved it! (Can I end my review there- that really is all you need to know...)

The Cover:  Gorgeous!  Black, White, Pink, and Green - my favorite colors!  I know I complain about all the stories that have girls with pretty dresses on them, but it really works here!  This is a fairy tale book- and fairy tale books need fancy dresses and roses!  This cover is perfection!

The Characters:  I loved that the characters names were days of the week and that there was so much magic involved with the characters.  I loved that every single character had a magical trait that set them apart.  With so many characters involved in the story, it could easily have gotten confusing.  The author did a wonderful job giving each character life and a personality and magical traits that set them apart.   Sunday is a character that the reader can relate to.  She is a classic fairy tale hero: loving, kind, brave, and a little bit cynical.  Rumbold is every inch a dashing prince, with skeletons in his closet that have given him some self-esteem issues.  I think it is hilarious that the author touched on... what is life REALLY like after you have lived as a frog?

The Story:  This story fits in well with other authors like Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale, and Juliette Marrillier.  It reads like a classic fairy tale- love intrigue, mystery, and action.  The plot was full of twists and turns that kept the reader engaged and interested in the story.  I can't WAIT to see this book as a movie- it is a book that would make a FABULOUS movie!

This is a book that I am certain will do very well when it is released.  If you have not yet pre-ordered Enchanted, I highly recommend that you do- you will not regret buying this one!

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