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Enchanted Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
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Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award in 2012, was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea makes the best baklava you've ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.You can find Princess Alethea online at: www.aletheakontis.com.
Top Customer Reviews
*Characters - I especially loved the Woodcutter family. Such diverse and interesting portrayals. And I just adored the author's use/interpretation of the poem:
"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 born on the Sabbath Day,
Is blithe and bonny and good and gay."
*Character interaction - Conversation wasn't strained, awkward, or unbelievable. In fact it was usually quite amusing.
*Entertaining mix of comedy, romance, intrigue, and the supernatural.
*Really hooks you in from the start and keeps your attention through til the end.
*Interesting villains, their motivations were not unique, but they-themselves were.
*The writing style is great, very fairy-tale, old fashioned story-telling which really works with the setting.
*Plot in and of itself is far from unique, it does pull from a wide variety of stories to make one and that has been done before.
*The book is rather fast-paced. You move from plot point A to plot point B sometimes in the same page, which also means that it was over much faster than you would want.
Don't miss out on this book! If you love fairy-tales this is a must read! And if you don't maybe it will convert you. Excellent book, I will definitely be rereading this in the future and I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
It's been a while since I've met a book with this much spunk! Creative, intelligent, and even a little wacky, "Enchanted" will have both youth and adults imagining themselves pirates, paupers, and princesses. Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves together the favorite fairytales of childhood into one big "This probably could have happened, almost certainly" origin story.
The entire epic adventure is focused on the unique concept that all of the fairytales we've come to know and love originated from a single family and the unbelievable adventures of their 7 daughters.
It all starts with Sunday, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who couldn't be more sure that she is the plainest of her 6 sisters. Awkward, bumbly, with no particular special talent. Well, aside from the fact that her stories are magic and what she writes can suddenly become very real in very unexpected ways. No biggie.
She unwittingly sets off the great adventure when she befriends a very special frog setting into motion a cascade of outstanding events which include a royal ball, a royal marriage, and a visit from an unexpected relative who holds the answers to the sister's odd abilities.
Cue evil king.
We've got talking animals, magic dresses, foul fairies, enchanted geese, and a giant beanstalk. It's all here, wrapped up in a pretty little package for all fairytale lovers to enjoy.
Might I mention that there are also some FANTASTIC underlying themes regarding family-ties, the love of a mother, and the importance of believing in one's own uniqueness? It's all there and I can officially say that I am in LOVE with this book.
A very strong five out of five.
The story itself is a mishmash of fairy tales. This in itself is not a bad thing, but too often it appeared as if the author was trying too hard to make the fairy tale fit without it doing a thing for the plot.
And as far as the plot goes, it was ALL OVER THE PLACE. I wasn't really sure what was even at stake. Sunday meets a frog and the frog turns into a prince who must regain Sunday's love, even though her family hates him. The family hates the prince because once upon a time Jack (Sunday's brother) worked for the prince and killed his puppy. Then there are fairy godmothers turning people into frogs and dogs because of this. But Jack became a hero doing all kinds of amazing things (or so we are told), but he also died (or so we are told on another part of the story).
Is Jack dead, was he a hero, what happened to him and if Jack was able to tell Rumbold (the prince) what to expect after his own enchantment was broken, where did Jack go after that and how was Jack's enchantment ended? We don't know because the author just throws in plot points and never resolves them or gives us more information! Sooo frustrating.
And then somehow the frog prince was once on board Sunday's sister's Pirate King husband's ship, but we don't really find out why or how or what it even meant. There are also fairy sisters introduced with some sort of mysterious relationships with the king that we never really get to understand. Not to mention dialog is thrown in that makes no sense. It was like I reading this while having one too many cocktails.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the twists on classic fairy tales and how quickly the plot captured me.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Gers
A fun read that combines a variety of fairy tales into one story. While it started a bit slow for me I did eventually come to enjoy the rest of the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun read. It assumes a knowledge of European fairytales and nursery rhymes, mashes them up, stirs a few times and produces a fast-moving story with intriguing and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darth Breather
Enchanted was quite the mix of fairy tale goodness. I saw Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, a hint of Rapunzel, The Little Old Lady Who Lives in a Shoe, The Swan Princess, The... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jasmyn9
"Enchanted" is a beautifully written, gorgeous fever-dream of a fairy-tale mashup, with as many dark forces at work as in traditional fairy tales - you'll find no... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Kridler
I listened to the audio of this however the book covers are absolutely gorgeous. I like dresses. Read more
I got this book for my girlfriend and she loves it. She has had it for 3 days and she's almost don't with it already.Published 4 months ago by tom
This was an amazingly well told tale that hints at the brothers Grimm fairy tales all in one book. It's hilarious and clean for the whole family other than a few gorie parts and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy0002
Great read! Love the story, the characters... everything. I couldn't put it down, and I'm excited to read the next book!Published 6 months ago by LimaMom4