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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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Alethea's published works includenovels, novellas, and companions in the universes of Arilland, BorderCourt,Nocturne Falls, Barefoot Bay, and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-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 the Library 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 currently livesand 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! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B005OC2BE2
- Publisher : Clarion Books (May 8, 2012)
- Publication date : May 8, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4148 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 321 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #623,433 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The frog wakes up as a man. Turns out he's the missing prince who was cursed to spend a year of his life as a frog. When Rumbold wakes up he's not sure of a lot of things, his memory is sparse. He heads back to the castle where his two closest friends stay close by his side while he regains his strength. However when he gets back to the castle he is quickly reminded of certain parts of his past he'd rather not remember. Seems as if our lovely frog prince was a rambunctious lad, also his father, the king is quite the formidable character. The king actually mostly ignores his son and goes off with Rumbold's fairy godmother quite often. It really seems like they're plotting or involved in something nefarious. The truth always comes out. The queen has been dead for many, many years. Rumbold immediately decides that he's going to throw three balls in three consecutive days so that he might be reunited with his lovely Sunday.
I've never really read a book of fairy tales retold before and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be continuing on in this series. We get a mash up of different fairy tales in this book. And while the book is mostly light and happy, there are moments in the book that are darker. I was really interested in finding out more about the Woodcutter Sisters. From the glimpses we got in this book it seems they were all doomed to lead super interesting lives. If you're looking for a good YA book or series to check out you should check this out. The mix of fairytale, light and dark, along with a great spin on those stories, and an amazing group of characters, you're not going wrong.
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
The main problem I found with this mash-up approach was that it made portions of the book so disjointed. I was confused several times and had to go back and read previous pages, wondering what the narrative seemed to have taken a detour. Sometimes the additions of random, outside fairy tales felt entirely random and detracted too much from the other central events of the story.
I like the family and its dynamics, but there are so many characters that it's hard to get a sense of depth to any of them. I liked Sunday, but I couldn't always understand her relationships with her other siblings, maybe because I never got a feel for several of her siblings. It's ambitious to tackle such a vast cast of characters, but it's also a risk that doesn't always pay off, and I felt it didn't much pay off here. I wanted to know more about each of the characters, yet I also wanted a more narrow focus so I could get to know them better, and these two things are obviously not compatible with one another.
I was not all that fond of the love story. There was no buildup to it. One minute Rumbold (ugh, that name--so horrible!) is meeting Sunday and the next he's head over heels in love with her. Huh? Worse yet is that the same thing happens with Sunday, even though he's a frog. Okay, this is a fairy tale, so it requires some suspension of belief, and I don't have a problem with that because I adore fairy tales. But in order for her to fall in love with a frog, there really needs to be more than three days of her reading from her journal to him by way of explanation as to what she sees in him. Why would she engage in such a seemingly hopeless love without very, very good reasons?
Another thing I found jarring about these books was how at odds the light tone is with some of the darker elements in the book. In general, the narrative voice is so lighthearted, and not just because of the characters. Yet there are some pretty gruesome scenes, particularly when it comes to Rumbold's father, and they seemed so strangely macabre, like reading a kids' book that turns into a gory horror novel. I made the mistake of thinking this book was a light read, and while I don't mind something darker, it just felt so off when the book went down that path.
I didn't much get Rumbold, either. It might be a simple matter of taste as he was a bit too angsty for me, but it felt like this book spent most of its time going from one big drama in Rumbold's life to the next. It's as if the book reaches a resolution, then brings up another problem which requires yet another resolution. It creates a strange roller coaster effect that made me wonder what the ultimate point of the story was. Was it a reboot of the Frog Prince? Was it a tale about love? Was it a story about a man's struggle to define his relationship with his father? It's all of these things at various points, but it never feels as if the issues are really sewn together all that well.
In the end, I think maybe there's too much gimmick and too little story to this book, and I think it would be better off focusing on story.
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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.