Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Goodreads: Enchanted
Source: Giveaway at Debz Bookshelf

Goodreads 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. 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?

ReviewEnchanted is an absolutely delightful and adorable book that kept me reading way past the time I should have put it down and done some homework.  Although it is YA, and one has the feeling it must be a happily ever after sort of book, Kontis includes enough darkness to suggest that things could go very terribly wrong for Sunday and her sisters.  They certainly have before.

Enchanted is formally based on the “The Frog Prince,” but Kontis weaves in just about every other fairytale she can get her hands on and puts Sunday’s family smack in the middle of most of them.  Not all of them end happily.  What stories do not make a prolonged appearance in the book get subtle nods, such as an old woman selling Sunday an apple.

In general, this fairytale free-for-all is exciting, and the reader can have tons of fun matching events with tales.  At times, however, it adds confusion to the book—for I found Enchanted, particularly in the beginning, very confusing.  One of my overwhelming and repeated thoughts was, “I have no idea what she is talking about.”  (I always like to think this is a failing on the book’s part and not my own because I flatter myself as an English major that I ought to be able to follow the plot of  a YA novel.)  Some of these instances I was ultimately able to brush off as references to fairytales I am unfamiliar with, and then I moved on.  But sometimes my confusion came from the way Sunday explains things, or from Kontis’s writing style, which occasionally gives the impression important transitional paragraphs or even chapters are missing.  It is a bit jumpy.

So why did I love Enchanted so much?   Ultimately, I found my bewilderment did not matter.  I may not have followed some of the specifics of the story, particularly background information, but the main attraction is obviously Sunday and her prince.  And they are just so cute!  Rumbold has so many romantic lines and does so many romantic things it is impossible not to fall in love with him.  Sunday is equally lovable, with a true heart and lots of spirit.  She is a fantastic protagonist, loyal to friends and family and skilled at writing.  (Every reader loves a character who writes.)  Briefly, their love story is beautiful, and that is generally the point of fairytale retellings.

Enchanted is creative, imaginative, and a true treasure chest of fairytales.  A perfect read for hopeless romantics and those who like their fairytales with just a bit of edge.

Published: May 2012

10 thoughts on “Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

  1. ravenousbiblioworm says:

    Funny I have this on my desk RIGHT NOW. Well along with 15 or so other books but it’s there… 😀 Hopefully I’ll like this one. I just finished another fairy tale book (The Sweestest Spell) and enjoyed it, hopefully that streaks continues.


    • Briana says:

      I am looking forward to The Sweetest Spell! I think I commented on your review lamenting the change of summary. Mystical local bovines were the best part!

      I did lend a friend this book, and she agreed it was confusing. (I feel vindicated that I’m not the only person who doesn’t get it.) But she ultimately enjoyed it, as well.


  2. debzbookshelf says:

    I do agreed that it was a little confusing, but I was able to make sense of it all by the end, and overall I thought it was an amazing book. I’m glad you enjoyed it (:


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