Source: SYNC 2013 Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Series: Edition: audiobook, 8 hours (308 pages) Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (Fairy Tale Retelling) Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository* *I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases Rating: 4/5
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?
Enchanted is an incredibly charming tale, that offers some new while maintaining that unique fairy tale quality. I listened to the audiobook version and I must say that the narration is amazing. I loved Katherine Kellgren’s portrayal of each character, and her overall exuberance in telling the story. I do believe that the book is good on its own but Katherine’s voice really added a nice feel to it. It honestly made me feel like I was back in elementary school listening to my teacher read from our weekly book. Sunday is the girl with the power to make things come true, and all she has to do is write down in her book. She is incredibly careful to always write down what is already true, so she doesn’t accidentally change the lives of those around her. She is one of seven daughters, all of which have their own claim to fame within the family and each with their own unique voice. Other than Sunday, Saturday may be my favorite with her strength and desire to be something other than a pretty face. Rumbold (or Grumble) is an unsure but overall quite charming match for Sunday. He’s been through a lot and wants to atone of the mistakes of the past, and when he finds that he is in love with Sunday (who has a good reason to hate him) he begins to try and set things right in earnest. I love the conversations these two have, and I think they are perfectly suited to each other. The story itself has that authentic fairy tale feel to it, mixing both the sweet and the dark into one extremely entertaining tale. There were portions of this book that surprised me with how creepy it could get, but I loved that the author didn’t just want a story about a girl falling in love with an unlikely hero. I can’t wait to read Hero, and see just what happens with Saturday!