Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Title: Enchanted

Author:Alethea Kontis

Series: N/A, Standalone

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairytales, Romance, Retellings, Historical Fiction

Publisher:Harcourt Children's Books

Publish Date:May 8, 2012

Rating: 4 Stars

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  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?

This book was not what I expected it to be. Being a fan  of fairytales, I was already drawn in by the summary, which features The Princess and the Frog. Little did I know that were things about other fairytales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack & the Beanstalk and Hansel & Gretel too!

The book started with Sunday writing the story about her family, and meeting Grumble, an enchanted frog, for the first time. Grumble ask her to tell her family story, and so she did, thus forming a friendship between her and Grumble.

As their friendship progressed, love was formed between the two, and unknowingly, Sunday broke the curse with a (true love's) kiss, and Grumble was transformed back to the man he once was - Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland.

Knowing their family background, Rumbold works hard to win Sunday as the man he is, and not as the man he was; thus, hosting a ball for three days. Within these three days, adventure and mysteries await them.

With their fairy godmother's interferance, family secrets to be revealed, and the terrible truth about the king, would the two still find it in them to fight for their love, or will they just give up?

A wonderful book about love, family and truth, fairytale-lovers would surely find this book interesting and a worthy read!

  “If you did not indulge in fantasies, how else would you know if you were living an interesting life?”

  “It can't be 'true' love without the truth”

  “First time's a fluke; second time's a coincidence," said Velius.
"Third time's tradition," finished Erik.”

  “We are all fools blessed with the knowledge that certain events will come to pass no matter what path we take to get there. The wise ones follow their angels while they may.”

  “She needed him to keep her sane, to make her laugh, to feel complete”

  “Gifts, like words, carried with them a great deal of power. They bestowed good fortune just as powerfully as they could curse; the could bind people together or tear them apart.”

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