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Reviewed by April Kirkland

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis is the story of Sunday Woodcutter, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, her family, their past, and how all the things in it lead to their new unexpected future.

One day Sunday comes across a frog in the wood while writing in her journal. She can tell by the way he speaks and acts that he is not just any frog, he is an enchanted frog who was once human. He asks her to read him some of her stories. At first she is hesitant – is she really going to bare her soul to a frog? But at last she obliges and starts telling him of her family’s crazy tales and how she herself can only write things of the past because they have a tendacy to come true and not always in the best of ways.

After their first encounter, Sunday returns to the woods nearly every day and amazes her new friend, Grumble, with her tales. Their friendship blooms and then deepens into something more. One night, Sunday kisses Grumble goodbye and hurries home, not realizing that their new found love has transformed him into the man he once was. The only problem is that Grumble is now Rumbold, the man he was before his transformation. He is also a prince that Sunday’s family detests. Can Rumbold prove to Sunday that he is no longer the boy he once was but a new reformed man? And that in that man is the same friend that she fell in love with?

Enchanted is a beautiful story that weaves together a brand new, unique and surprisingly complex story with aspects from timeless favorite fairy tales such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Princess and The Frog, just to name a few. From the beautiful cover to the way in which Kontis expertly and cleverly interwines small details from other fairy tales, this book had me hooked from start to finish. The story is simply magical and so much more than a typical romantic fairy tale.

Enchanted is fun and entertaining. If you love fairy tales sprinkled with a bit of paranormal, then this book is for you!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

April is a stay at home mom and wife. She lives in a small county in Alabama famous for its peaches. She loves to write poetry, read, and paint, and is also an aspiring author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harcourt Children’s Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.