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Enchanted (1) (The Woodcutter Sisters) Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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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?
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A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012
A World Book Night Selection
An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
An Andre Norton Award Nominee
* "A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable."—Kirkus Reviews, 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 wonderful mix-up of fairy-tale tropes, a clever love story, and a delightful tale all on its own!"—Tamora Pierce
"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 as 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
About the Author
Alethea's published worksinclude novels, novellas, and companions in the universes of Arilland,Border Court, Nocturne Falls, Barefoot Bay, and Sherrilyn Kenyon'sDark-Hunters; the AlphaOops picture books; Haven, Kansas; Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming; The Wonderland Alphabet; and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.
Alethea's YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won both the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award and Garden State Teen Book Award. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013 and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Tales of Arilland, a short story collection set in the same fairy tale world, won a second Gelett Burgess Award in 2015. The second book in The Trix Adventures, Trix and the Faerie Queen, was a finalist for the Dragon Award in 2016.
Princess Alethea was given the honor of speaking about fairy tales at theLibrary of Congress in 2013. In 2015, she gave a keynote address at the LewisCarroll Society's Alice150 Conference in New York City, celebrating the150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She alsoenjoys speaking at schools and festivals all over the US. (If forced tochoose between all these things, she says middle schools are herfavorite!)
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currentlylivesand writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklavayou've ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie. Find outmore about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which shelives on her website, her Patreon, or follow her author page here onAmazon!
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547645708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547645704
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL770L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.08 x 8.25 inches
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- #4,066 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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I really loved the Woodcutter family - named after the days of the week - they all have their very own personality based on an old rhyme. The story really starts with Sunday falling in love with a frog - a talking one of course - and really takes off from there. We have fairy godmothers, princes, evil fairies, and even a changeling.
I really liked how we got to know so many different people in the Woodcutter family. All the sisters have a special role to play and each of them get to be the hero at some point in the story. I loved that they were the heroes and got to save the day several times.
Arilland is an amazing kingdom full of magic that I really enjoyed. But there were just too many fairy tales going on. While there were combined and meshed together quite well, my mind kept jumping around from one to another and sometimes lost track of where it was actually going in the story. I had a few "now what" moments. On the other hand, I'm totally invested in this family and I need to know what happens to the next sister.
Despite the .5 star deduction for the typos, Enchanted was a book I highly enjoyed reading. I seem to be on something of a fairy tale kick lately, and Enchanted certainly meets that craving. There are a great many fairy tales included within the pages of Enchanted--The Frog Prince (obviously), Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, among others--along with nursery rhymes--There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Monday's Child is Fair of Face, etc. Some of them, I must admit, felt like they were forced into the story. The Snow White allusion was useless to the plot and felt a little clunky. But others worked very well, and it was entertaining to see how they fit together.
Thankfully, the story is not just set along the lines of this fairy tale and that fairy tale. I liked the characters and their conflicts, though Rumbold's conflicts seemed more serious than Sunday's.
One of my favorite parts was how the author delved into what it would be like to recover from living life in an animal's body for several months. Rumbold's difficulty at adjusting to being human afterward was quite interesting. Rumbold's conflicts were much darker than Sunday's too, as he finds out about darker fairy magic that affects his family, versus the lighter fairy magic of Sunday's family. One might expect the dynamic between the two of them, since Sunday's fairy godmother is named Joy and Rumbold's is named Sorrow.
In Sunday's life, we have Trix, who was my favorite character. He's a fae child adopted into their family as the third son. Every moment he was around was entertaining, and one of my favorite moments was Sunday and him becoming "blood brothers."
Finally, I love when a novel can take a bunch of little pieces that you think are unrelated at first and weave them together into a full picture in the end. Enchanted does this quite well.
Recommended for fans of: fairy tales, particularly The Frog Prince, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk; dual-POVs; puzzle pieces fitting together; adorable fae brothers; awkward princes
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I'm a huge sucker for fairy-tale retellings as they remind me so much of my childhood. I absolutely adored counting off the different fairy tale stories that were mentioned in this book. Some were just mentioned in 1 sentence and others were expanded more in depth. I enjoyed how magic and the fey world were interlinked and how magic was just normal enough for the family, but still could give them surprises.
At times, I did feel the story seemed a bit disjointed, where it didn't quite flow neatly into the next part of the story. But this wasn't hugely off putting.
I really liked the characters, all of them. I loved their names and how it affected their natures/personalities. They made me want to know more about the characters and their backgrounds, like Sunday's mother Seven, would like to hear about her childhood and her 6 sisters. I'm glad to hear the next book is about Saturday, as again I want to hear about her.
I will be reading the next books.
Would recommend for anyone who likes a good fairy tale. I enjoyed this story, it's not earth breaking or anything, but it is sweet and enjoyable.
The main story might be the retelling of The Princess and the Frog but Alethea Kontis has skillfully woven in so many other tales. Some are just small references dotted here and there, every time I came across one I smiled, others have important parts to play. Each one has a twist; I loved the history behind the Sleeping Beauty's spindle for example.
There are so many great characters in Enchanted I don't really want to single anyone out. The Woodcutter family makes for interesting reading, all the sisters are unique and as the story progresses so do their roles. Velius and Twix are two of my favourite characters.
Enchanted is everything I wanted it to be and a little extra.