Title: Enchanted. Author: Alethea Kontis. Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Publication. Summary and reviews of Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, plus links to a book excerpt from Enchanted and author biography of Alethea Kontis. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child.
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Annoying, exacerbating, irritating, go-die-in-a-hole insta-love romance. Sunday is a pretty good protagonist though at the end she enchaanted things slightly uncharacteristic. Books by Alethea Kontis. Anything she writes on paper inexplicably comes to fruition, albeit not in the way she has intended. Maybe a coming of age konti shrouded in fantasy?
While spend time in both his and Sunday’s minds, to me Rumboldt is the true hero of this book. The plotline was disjointed and drawn out, and there were so many threads that never seemed to really connect, or didn’t connect in a way that was emotio Oh, Alethea Kontis.
There was still something that drew me in.
The first line is, “My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life. And, of course she falls in love with him.
Haven’t seen you before! Here’s what I found: Oh, for the love of God, NO. One of the biggest flaws of this novel is that it almost feels like a sequel. Grumble the frog thinks he’s in love with Sunday after she comes to visit him after the first visit.
Even with the further editing from ARC to final copy, I still feel like Enchanted was a very disjointed and sloppy read Every day before she leaves, she grants Grumble his wish that she kiss him in the hopes that the spell will be broken.
What the author does do somewhat well is the familial aspect. I liked the plot. Also, this is also very much a pretty princess book – not that there’s anything wrong with that! Sunday is the youngest of the Woodcutter children, with six older sisters and two brothers, plus an adopted Fey brother, crammed into a kkntis that resembles a boot. This is JUST my opinion 2.
Now go get the book. She’s a passable main character, but completely fails to be anything more than that. But really, it seems silly to complain about such things.
It was so beautiful and at times so mysterious. Peter Woodcutter is negative space. But then, oh but then, a scrawny prince asks her to dance and she is wooed and declares herself in insta-love with him! They become friends first, then quickly she falls in love with the frog. I was intrigued with the summary for this book.
The strongest are born again. Usually the boy can be found among pirates, huntsmen, groupies, and his two besties, Erik the redheaded guardsman and Velius the dark, half-fey mage. Enchanted is one of those books that tries too hard.
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An absolute MUST-have for anyone who likes or just appreciates fairytales at all, but even if you don’t, I’d recommend this book anyways! Monday and Tuesday are twins, Wednesday who is quiet but poetic and lives in the tower of their boot-shaped home, Thursday who ran off and married a Pirate King and plunders ships, Friday who spends all her time helping those less fortunate, and Saturday, a large, strong young woman brandishing an axe, who loves to work hard with her axe.
Enchanted is a fractured fairytale telling the story of the frog prince while incorporating parts of many other fairy tales. Sunday meets a frog named Grumble who loves to hear her stories.
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Peter still wound up being one of my favorite characters in this—by process of elimination. The story was so well told and wove together such familiar stories making them at once beautiful and new. They were all so deep and complex and even though they were flawed, that made them all the more likable kontiis believable too.