I’ve been seeing Enchanted by Alethea Kontis float around book review blogs for a couple of years, and it’s been on my To Be Read list all that time. So have a lot of books, but I should have got to this one sooner, seeing as I have this thing about fairy tales…
The plot is, well, complicated. Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter (with three brothers besides). One day she meets a talking frog named Grumble. From there it’s “The Frog Prince,” which, upon Grumble’s restoration as Prince Rumbold, morphs into “Cinderella.” Plus there’s a wicked fairy, a couple of different threads relating to “Tam Lin,” a bit of “Snow White,” a changeling child, and did I mention there are pirates? Also a giant beanstalk, and a house shaped like a shoe…
According to the author’s note, and the evidence of the plot itself, Kontis set out to write a novel with as many elements of fairy tales as possible. She seems to have succeeded…creating a plot that is a very fun ride, although at times you do have to just throw up your hands and go with it.
Mostly I didn’t find that too difficult, and I was willing to roll with all the new developments. I mean, it’s an endless string of fairy tale elements. That’s fun!
I have to confess I had a little more trouble with the romance and some of the characters’ choices. Sunday and Grumble the frog fall in love very, very quickly. Then when Grumble turns back into Rumbold, he doesn’t tell Sunday that he was the frog…for reasons I never quite understood. There’s bad blood between their families, he thinks she won’t love him as a prince…so he invites her to three balls, which pretty much just shoves his princeliness in her face. I don’t quite understand that decision either. And yes, of course, Sunday falls in love with Rumbold very quickly too.
But, but, but–if you can suspend disbelief a bit, it is a fun ride. And very fast romances are a particular pet peeve of mine, so you might be far less bothered. Even I wasn’t bothered enough to not enjoy the book anyway. I mean, endless fairy tales references! Fun!
Author’s Site: http://aletheakontis.com/
Buy it here: Enchanted