Quick Thoughts: “Enchanted”

unnamed“Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)” by Alethea Kontis

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Other Woodcutter Sisters books

Source: Free download from SYNC

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

review

  • I don’t know why I held off listening to this for so long! It was really sweet, funny, and lovely. I loved how the story had fairy tale like elements without actually being a fairy tale. Everyone is special here. It’s a nice twist from the protagonist being the *chosen one*. Everyone else has his or her has stuff to deal with.
  • Lots of nods to fairy tales going on. The Woodcutter family lives in a shoe, the prince was cursed to be a frog, fairy godmothers, etc. It was like a fun game of “Spot the Fairy Tale”.
  • The romance at times was sickeningly sweet but I still liked it. Sunday and Rumbold’s romance bloomed out of friendship so it didn’t feel too much like instalove. You saw there was a bond between the girl and the frog. It made sense for that bond to continue after Rumbold became a man again.
  • I listened to the audio of this and it was great! The narrator does a wonderful job at making the story lively. I even enjoyed all the voices she does for the characters.
  • I liked that even though there were 7 sisters, each girl still had her own personality and you could tell them apart. Looking at the companion books, it appears as though each book follows a different sister. Awesome! I may have to check them out in the future.

The bottom line? A wonderful fairy tale-like story.

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7 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Enchanted”

  1. I tried reading Enchanted when it first came out, and I just didn’t care for it. Maybe it was the wrong book at the wrong time. I will have to look into the audiobook, because generally I lvoe fairytale retellings and can I just say that the cover is gorgeous!

  2. This looks amazing, the cover is very like Alice in Wonderland, looking forward to reading this, thank you for the great review.

  3. I didn’t love the other Alethea Kontis book I read, but you’ve convinced me to give her another try. Do you have any sense of how sequely the other books in the series are going to be? I enjoy reading novels that take place all in one world, but I’m a little burned out on YA series that are very very series-ish.

    • Yay! Looking at the summaries of the other books, they appear to be more like companion books. They’re taking place in the same world and are about sisters but there doesn’t look to be a lot of overlap like in a traditional series.

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