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Enchanted

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Most helpful positive review
Enchanted introduces the reader to Sunday Woodcutter, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who discovers and befriends a talking frog near the fairy well and begins telling him stories of her eccentric family. This family includes her rather normal father, her mother Seven, her sisters Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, her brothers Jack, Peter, and adopted brother Trix. The Woodcutter family were my favorite part of the story and I would love to read more of their adventures! I LOVED everything about this book. Enchanted is an enchanting blend of many popular fairy tales into one whimsical feel-good story. It is sweet and charming without being syrupy. There is a bit in the middle where I got a little confused with how the story was jumping around, but all loose ends were tied up at the end. This is the perfect story for anyone who enjoys fairy tales or for something light and fun to read in between reading a "heavier" series.

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A charming tumble of all the fairy tales you ever knew blended into one delicious novel, spiced with humor and sprinkled with true love, by the New York Times bestselling co-author of  The Dark-Hunter Companion.

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?

Specifications

Series Title
The Woodcutter Sisters
Publisher
HMH Books
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Alethea Kontis
ISBN-13
9780547645704
Publication Date
May, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.08 Inches
ISBN-10
0547645708

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Most helpful positive review
Enchanted introduces t...
Enchanted introduces the reader to Sunday Woodcutter, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who discovers and befriends a talking frog near the fairy well and begins telling him stories of her eccentric family. This family includes her rather normal father, her mother Seven, her sisters Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, her brothers Jack, Peter, and adopted brother Trix. The Woodcutter family were my favorite part of the story and I would love to read more of their adventures! I LOVED everything about this book. Enchanted is an enchanting blend of many popular fairy tales into one whimsical feel-good story. It is sweet and charming without being syrupy. There is a bit in the middle where I got a little confused with how the story was jumping around, but all loose ends were tied up at the end. This is the perfect story for anyone who enjoys fairy tales or for something light and fun to read in between reading a "heavier" series.
Most helpful negative review
I was really excited f...
I was really excited for this book because the description seemed so cute. It had so many problems, though...I can excuse the insta-love, since this is a fairytale retelling, but that doesn't make it any less dissatisfying. Sunday, the main character, is bonny and good, etc. But basically that's all she is, any of her sisters was a more interesting character than Sunday. The prince was a bit more interesting, but not by much. While the writing was ok, the plot just tried to do too much. The main plot wasn't strong or particularly convincing. This wasn't improved by every fairytale ever making an appearance. It detracted from the main plot, which wasn't compelling enough on its own to withstand this.Personally, I found it all very boring, but maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea, since the book is getting good ratings, so don't stop yourself from giving it a chance based on my review alone.
Most helpful positive review
Enchanted introduces t...
Enchanted introduces the reader to Sunday Woodcutter, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who discovers and befriends a talking frog near the fairy well and begins telling him stories of her eccentric family. This family includes her rather normal father, her mother Seven, her sisters Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, her brothers Jack, Peter, and adopted brother Trix. The Woodcutter family were my favorite part of the story and I would love to read more of their adventures! I LOVED everything about this book. Enchanted is an enchanting blend of many popular fairy tales into one whimsical feel-good story. It is sweet and charming without being syrupy. There is a bit in the middle where I got a little confused with how the story was jumping around, but all loose ends were tied up at the end. This is the perfect story for anyone who enjoys fairy tales or for something light and fun to read in between reading a "heavier" series.
Most helpful negative review
I was really excited f...
I was really excited for this book because the description seemed so cute. It had so many problems, though...I can excuse the insta-love, since this is a fairytale retelling, but that doesn't make it any less dissatisfying. Sunday, the main character, is bonny and good, etc. But basically that's all she is, any of her sisters was a more interesting character than Sunday. The prince was a bit more interesting, but not by much. While the writing was ok, the plot just tried to do too much. The main plot wasn't strong or particularly convincing. This wasn't improved by every fairytale ever making an appearance. It detracted from the main plot, which wasn't compelling enough on its own to withstand this.Personally, I found it all very boring, but maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea, since the book is getting good ratings, so don't stop yourself from giving it a chance based on my review alone.
1-5 of 40 reviews

I read this a few year...

I read this a few years back and I was enchanted. The author creates an amazing mash-up of quite a few fairy tales. Cursed frog prince, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc, etc with seven sisters named after the days of the week. The mother herself is one of seven sisters originally named from One to Seven. All have special, fairy powers or gifts. I am happy to find the author has published another novel in a series of the Woodcutter Sisters.

Sunday is the youngest...

Sunday is the youngest of seven daughters (plus a few boys) of the woodcutter Jack and his wife, Seven. They live outside a Wood where she goes to write in her journal - very carefully, as she has discovered that anything she writes becomes true. Then she meets an enchanted human named Grumble - the only problem is, he's a frog. Enchanted takes a bunch of fairy tale references and tells a fun story of a family of part-fae who can work magic, each in their own way. Identifying the different stories that were being referenced was fun, but there's almost so many that it was distracting. As for the actual story of Sunday and Grumble/Rumbold, I wanted a little more there and though it was fast reading and a decent-sized book at just over 300 pages, I would have liked a little more complexity and world-building rather than a mish-mash of fairy tales. Light, fun reading, and while I'll try the next book in the series it wasn't hugely memorable. Good for fans of Once Upon a Marigold.

Id have to start by s...

I'd have to start by saying that I really enjoy fairytales and fairytale retellings even more. Originally I thought that Enchanted was a retelling of the Princess and the Frog, but it is really so much more then this. It brought in a number of classic fairy tales from Princess and the Frog to Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk and more! - but it's much more than simply re-telling these tales. Alethea Kontis has blended them perfectly into an original and surprisingly complex story, adding in an interesting cast of characters including the entire Woodcutter family that had me hooked from the start. I loved Sunday Woodcutter! She's sweet, caring, determined and clever and both she and Rumbold (her frog prince) warmed my heart repeatedly. There was certainly a spark from the moment Sunday meets the frog in the woods but the author managed to pull it off perfectly without making it feel like overwhelming devotion! Enchanted is beautifully rendered and certainly everything you'd want in a fairy tale. Alethea Kontis, like Sunday, is a masterful storyteller, and you should definitely be prepared to smile, and often, through out the book. Jack Murphy

*I downloaded this tit...

*I downloaded this title from Audiobook Sync during their summer program* Sunday Woodcutter lives in a unique family that is involved with a lot of magical nonsense. Her aunts are fairy godmothers (though, one of them is not quite good), her sisters each have a special talent or gift, and her adopted brother is part fae. So, it's not quite a surprise when she meets a human-turned-frog and develops a friendship with him. Eventually, they end up falling in love and she kisses him, not realizing that he'd turn human and that her dear friend Grumble is, in fact, Prince Rumbold. The man who the family blames for the death of Sunday's older brother -- talk about a tense situation. However, the two eventually come together to face the evil of Rumbold's seemingly ageless father and his lover, Sunday's evil fairy-godmother-aunt. They find out that not everything is as it seems in Arilland, and some events have been grossly misrepresented. In order to set things right, Sunday, her family, Rumbold, and his loyal friends come together to find out the truth about what's been going on in the kingdom for so long. I'm a sucker for fairy tales -- even more so when they're re-imagined and put together in a new way. (Just ask about my Once Upon a Time addiction.) For a fairy-tale lover like me, Enchanted is the perfect book to escape to for a little while. The first thing I noticed was that Kontis weaved some folk superstition into the fairy tale format. For example, Sunday is a seventh child of a seventh child, and that means she has a bit of extra magic in her. Though most of her family is magical, there are frequent mentions of Sunday's special magical abilities, though I'm not sure that those really played a huge part in the story. I'm hoping it'll be developed further in sequels. But I really liked this amalgamation of superstition from our world into this fairy tale world Kontis created -- for me, it made the story unique and interesting. Generally, I enjoyed the progression of this story. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the plot, and the characters are lovely. While Sunday and Rumbold are interesting in and of themselves, I loved the minor characters and hope that we get to learn more about them. (Or maybe some of them can get their own books! I vote for Sunday's sister, Thursday!) Near the end of the middle, I scrounged for excuses to keep on listening. Everything came together so nicely, and I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I mean, what was Sunday's fairy godmother playing at? And would they save Sunday's sister from the king? And what about Sunday and Rumbold? Would they love each other again? A lot of questions, because there was a lot of drama going on. However, while I like having resolutions, the ending seemed a bit too rushed and tidy. A few things were left open to continue the series, but some things that the characters were making a huge deal about abruptly resolved themselves in an instant. Yes, this is a fairy tale retelling and those sorts of things happen in fairy tales, but I wanted a bit more build-up before getting that full resolution. As for the format, Kellgren is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. She is incredibly expressive with her voice, and I think that I would have enjoyed this story far less if I had read it in print. There were quite a few times where she said a line with a bit of irony and sarcasm that I don't think I would have caught or put into the words if I'd been reading it myself. As a result, I thought this to be a fairly funny story, and I laughed out loud quite a bit. If you have an option to listen to the audio -- do so. It is excellent. Overall, I would say this is good for light, fun reading. It's full of drama, fairy tale references, and has quite a bit of humor. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. Or, better yet, listening to it as an audiobook. I hope they've got Katherine Kellgren again!

 Enchanted encompasses...

 Enchanted encompasses so many fairy tales, but not in the traditional sense. This was a fun read, and not at all predictable which is great in a retelling. I am beyond excited that there are more books in this series especially since Saturday gets her own story in the next one. I recommend this for fans of fairy tales and their retellings.

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