Book: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Published May 2012|Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|320 Pages|Purchased for my Nook
Part of a series? No
Goodreads.com Summary: 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’m not sure what to think about Enchanted. I love that it’s based on that poem about the days of the week. But it’s also a very strange re-telling of that poem, and it’s all over the place. There were elements of Cinderella, The Frog Prince and Jack And The Beanstalk thrown in too. It just felt all over the place, and I’m not quite sure if the story was supposed to be happy, dark and twisted or something else? There were so many different things going on, and none of them really worked well together.
There were a few things introduced that could have been interesting, if they were explored more. Like Sunday’s brother Jack, or the relationship between the King and Sorrow, or even the relationship between the King and his first two wives, and why he killed to remain immortal. I wanted to know more about Sunday and the frog/prince…when he was a frog, of course.
I’m not sure about the whole family being magical- it just felt too random, and was just another thing that didn’t quite fit. Plus…all the fairy tales were pretty inconsistent. Sometimes, Kontis went with the fairy tales (as she did with the frog prince) but other times, she went against it (like the princess and the pea).
I did like the descriptions, and it was a pretty easy read, even if it was a little confusing and convoluted at times.
Final thoughts: There was too much going on in Enchanted. I liked that you saw a lot of fairy tales, but overall, that just took away from the novel because you were never really sure where it was going. It was just okay, so it gets a 2 out of 5.