Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

genre: young adult fantasy/fairy tale

Being a part of Sunday's family means you have to acknowledge that sometimes you have no control over things.  Between magic and faery, you never know what the future really holds - and as the seventh child of a seventh child with siblings who have powers of their own, you know there is some craziness in store.  So, when Sunday happens upon a talking frog whose charming personality leads to very un-frog-like feelings, Sunday isn't completely caught off guard. When, however, a pot-stirring aunt arrives and a ball at the palace is announced, the plot really thickens.

Um, DELIGHTFUL!  This book has more fairy tale plot devises thrown into than I can even count.  It was so fun to see how Kontis was able to quite seamlessly weave them all together into a new kind of tale that still has love at its core but with that same dark magic that makes all fairy tales work hard for their happy ending.  I loved her brand of faery and the love story was wonderfully rich.  I can't say it's particularly deep or will change your life, but I will say that it was just really fun to read.

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