Book Review: Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis

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Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis
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?

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)

Praise for Enchanted:
“A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Kontis delivers a fairy-tale mash-up that outright sparkles.”—School Library Journal, starred review “Fantasy readers will undoubtedly enjoy the . . . mash-up of these famous stories, spiced with comedy, romance and magical powers.”—VOYA

“A charming tumble of fairy tales, spiced with humor and sprinkled with true love.” —Sharon Shinn, best-selling author of the Samaria series

“If Neil Gaiman and the Brothers Grimm had a child who grew up to weave fairy tales, she would be Alethea Kontis. Read this book—it’s an absolute winner.”—J.T. Ellison, best-selling author of Where All the Dead Lie

“As mischievous a garden full of fairies and twice as clever, Enchanted proves there’s more than life left in the oldest genre in the world—there’s a lot of heart, too.” —Sean Williams, New York Times best-selling author

“Kontis is a born spell-caster and her work is spellbinding. In the style of great fairy tales, Kontis has created a delightful, heartfelt new classic that can charm the sun out from behind the clouds.” —Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul series

“Alethea Kontis’s debut is full of inventive whimsy. Take your favorite fairytale and spin it to the side, throw in a half-dozen other tales all dancing, and you get this Enchanted ball.”—Mary Robinette Kowal, award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey

“It’s the relaxed humor of Kontis’ presentation that not only ups the realism of characters unfazed by talking frogs and fey characters but also gives this offering its sweet, distinctive stamp.”—Booklist
 
My Thoughts
Oh my goodness!  This book is a beautiful collage of a million different things that I love.  The writing is gorgeous and captivating.  The story is this crazy melting pot of a bunch of fairy tales all intertwined with each other. 

The romance is innocent and sweet and clean.  I fell in love with both Sunday and Rumbold.  I grew to love each and every character in the book, even the bad guys.

There were a couple of places that left me confused and wondering what happened, but other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  I will be looking for more of Alethea’s work!

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a
goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the
alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad
scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.

Alethea is the
co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the
AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry
have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done
multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist Janet K. Lee,
including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden
Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess
Children’s Book Award in 2012.

Born in Burlington, Vermont,
Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She
makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear
named Charlie.

You can find Princess Alethea online at: www.aletheakontis.com.

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