“Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)” by Alethea Kontis
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
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?
- 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.