Enchanted by Alethea KontisEnchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
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?
This book is a sort of combination or retelling of almost every fairy-tale that has a happy ending. From Cinderella to Rapunzel to The Princess and The Frog and The Princess and The Pea, this book as everything.
The main character, Sunday Woodcutter is trying to get through her life as Sabbath's child or rather "But the child born on the Sabbath Day is blithe and bonny and good and gay" She thinks all of her sisters had that better deal; she doesn't know how to be "blithe and bonny and good and gay", nor does she wants to. She writes in a diary, where she basically tells the stories of her and her family's past. Enter, the frog Grumble. He's one of her first and only friends and she tells her story to him, while trying to help him over his enchantment. He also just so happens to be the prince of Arilland, and Sunday's family hates his and the rest of the royal family's guts. The rest of the book basically goes through what happens between Grumble/Rumbold and Sunday, and their families.
I thought this book was good. BUT, I thought it got to the point a little too fast. Maybe, it should have went a little slower, and actually went through the back story instead of reading from Sunday's accounts of it. But, then again, Sunday's account of it all is what really made this book enjoyable (other than the hidden in nuggets of fairy-tale goodness). I also liked how this book ended. There was no loose ends with either of the main characters.
But, it left me thinking: What about all of the other sisters? What will happen to them? What is Wednesday supposed to do now? Where's Thursday? What about Sorrow? So, I hope Alethea writes a companion novel to this one (or more) about the sisters and Joy and Sorrow.
So, how does this book sound to you? Have you read it or do you plan on reading it? Well, then comment in the comments section to tell me all about it!