Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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Kontis has written one of my (and my kids) favorite picture books – AlphaOopsAlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar, so when I discovered that she’d also authored a fairy-tale mashup series, I had to give it a try. EnchantedEnchanted by Alethea Kontis is the first in the series, and the overall vibe of the book is just what I’d have expected based on the picture books she’s produced.

In other words, it’s creative and entertaining, and also crazy and jam-packed with activity. I’m glad I don’t try to give a plot summary in my posts, because I wouldn’t really know how to do this justice. There’s the main character, Sunday (younger sibling to older sisters Monday through Saturday, naturally, as well as two brothers). There’s an enchanted frog. There are fairy godmothers, both a good one and, well, one you don’t want as your fairy godmother. There are spells and, naturally, a lot of enchantment.

There is also a plot line that gets more and more outlandish as Kontis seems to try and include bits of every single fairy tale possible in her story. If you’re reading it in a charitable mood, it may seem whimsical and fun. If you’re not in a charitable mood, it’ll likely seem like a confusing and disjointed jumble. I was entertained by just how much she could throw into one tale, and how many references to other fairy tales I could recognize.

I wasn’t entertained enough to want to read any more however. There are too many other good to great fairy-tale retellings and this one falls a little short for me. Unless I end up hearing that the additional books in the series are better, I’m saving my reading time for other material. I will admit to being sorely tempted however – the covers for HeroHero (The Woodcutter Sisters) by Althea Kontis and DearestDearest (The Woodcutter Sisters) by Althea Kontis are lovely, and some of the reviews make me waver in my decision to pass on them.

Publisher’s Description:
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?

Book Details

Title: EnchantedEnchanted by Alethea Kontis
Author: Alethea Kontis
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars

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Comments

  1. It’s always sad when fairytale retellings/reimaginings try to squeeze in too much. They can be so satisfying when done well, but it’s frustrating when there’s too much going on or the fairytale angle doesn’t really fit.

  2. I know, her books are IMPOSSIBLE to sum up. I liked Enchanted, in spite of the fairly glaring plot holes, so I tried the second one, and it was worse. Don’t bother. 🙂

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