Are you looking for a lighthearted fairy tale retelling? Maybe something in the vein of the frog prince? Debut author Alethea Kontis’s Enchanted certainly fits the bill and is a charming, well written story about family, magic, and true love.
Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh son and seventh daughter, meaning the circumstances around her birth are very auspicious. She is a very joyful and happy sort. While frolicking in the woods, she comes across a talking frog named Grumble who listens to and cares about Sunday’s stories. Sunday experiences a growing attraction to the frog’s personality. After a farewell kiss, the frog turns back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland. Sunday has no idea that Rumbold is her frog, and so he must try to woo her. There is also fairy magic in Enchanted’s plot as well as family secrets.
Alethea Kontis’s characterization is rather delightful. Sunday has an irrepressible personality and charm. As the youngest of her family, with a penchant for telling and listening to fairy tales, Sunday is mostly optimistic. She is not at all a drag to read about. Instead, one is compelled to root for Sunday and hope she is able to put things to rights while getting a shot at love.
Enchanted has a pace that moves along at a nice clip with just enough action to keep the reader engaged. The backstory of the Woodcutter family is interesting and makes the family seem very endearing. I liked reading about Sunday’s extremely different sisters with their various talents as well as her no nonsense mother and Sunday’s father who is one of those gruff kinds of men with a heart of gold. I absolutely fell for the Woodcutters which definitely enhanced my enjoyment, as supporting characters definitely take the story to another level for me.
Enchanted is a strong young adult fantasy debut. As a reader, I can’t wait to see what other stories are lurking within Kontis’s pen. Hopefully the last page of Enchanted is not the last we see of the Woodcutter family and Arilland, because I have a feeling there’s more stories in that family.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.
Other reviews of Enchanted by Alethea Kontis:
Rather Be Reading – “Kontis is a beautiful writer”
The Book Smugglers -“a delightful, airy fable”
The Book Rat – “Breezy and quirky and fun”