Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Audio Book Review: Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis

Anyone who loves fairy tales should thoroughly enjoy Enchanted.

Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Her sisters are all named for the days of the week, and it seems as though they all possess personalities that match the familiar nursery rhyme:

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

They also seem to possess some fairy magic too.  When Sunday meets a frog in the woods who can talk, they become fast friends. Sunday even begins to love the frog as she visits him daily and tells him about her family.  As she leaves him one day, she quickly gives him a kiss and runs off, not realizing that she has changed him back into his original human form -- a prince, of course.

I loved the many, many references to different fairy tales. I wanted to keep a list, and see if I caught all of them. The story is cute, light, and entertaining. You can't take this story seriously; you must be in the right mood for Enchanted. The sisters all have unique personalities, as well as the mother (Seven) and the father, who is a woodcutter.

The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is perfect. She has a British accent and adds just the right nuance to each character. I highly recommend the audio version of Enchanted.

The only reason I would point someone away from Enchanted is if they don't like fairy tales. For anyone who is in the mood for a book that will make you happy, spend a few hours with Enchanted. The second book in The Woodcutter Sisters, Hero, tells Saturday's story and was just released.

Published by HMH BFYR, May 28, 2013 (Brilliance Audio)
Audiobook obtained from Sync YA Literature
336 pages

Rating: 4/5

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this one too! So many great fairy and folk tale references are all over the place. I am looking forward to Hero.


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