“Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis

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“Enchanted” by Alethea KontisEnchanted by Alethea Kontis
Series: The Woodcutter Sisters #1
Published: 2012 by Harcourt
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback
Source: the author
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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 its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

nursery rhyme

Sunday is the youngest of the Woodcutter sisters, who are each named after a different day of the week.  She’s not really happy with her life, but to me it seems as if it’s mostly because she’s got some growing up to do.  She’s still young and hasn’t really come into her own yet.  One day Sunday wanders into the forest, where she befriends a frog and soon falls in love.  She kisses the frog, hoping that he’ll turn into a man, but is disappointed.

The frog wakes up and becomes Prince Rumbold, but the prince’s family isn’t exactly well-liked by the Woodcutter sisters.  Rumbold is afraid that Sunday won’t like him now that he’s no longer a frog, because his new identity comes with a lot of fairy-tale baggage.  He calls for a series of balls hoping that the two of them might meet and once again become friends.

I had mixed feelings about Enchanted, which was basically a fairy-tale mashup incorporating lots and lots of different fairy tale characters and their stories into a unified whole.  It’s a neat concept, but it’s really hard to pull it off, because there are a lot of characters and stories to incorporate.  Pulling them all into one 300-paged novel takes a lot of work, and there were many times where the pacing felt a bit off or where I felt that characters could have more depth.  It’s still a delightful story, and I found it enjoyable despite its flaws.  Seeing the way that the Woodcutter family interacts reminds me of my own experience growing up in a big family, and I am excited to read further into the series so that I can become better acquainted with each of them.

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