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A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012

A World Book Night Selection

An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

An Andre Norton Award Nominee

 

* "A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Kontis delivers a fairy-tale mash-up that outright sparkles."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Fantasy readers will undoubtedly enjoy the . . . mash-up of these famous stories, spiced with comedy, romance and magical powers."—VOYA

"A wonderful mix-up of fairy-tale tropes, a clever love story, and a delightful tale all on its own!"—Tamora Pierce

"A charming tumble of fairy tales, spiced with humor and sprinkled with true love." —Sharon Shinn, best-selling author of the Samaria series

"If Neil Gaiman and the Brothers Grimm had a child who grew up to weave fairy tales, she would be Alethea Kontis. Read this book—it’s an absolute winner."—J.T. Ellison, best-selling author of Where All the Dead Lie

"As mischievous as a garden full of fairies and twice as clever, Enchanted proves there’s more than life left in the oldest genre in the world—there’s a lot of heart, too." —Sean Williams, New York Times best-selling author

"Kontis is a born spell-caster and her work is spellbinding. In the style of great fairy tales, Kontis has created a delightful, heartfelt new classic that can charm the sun out from behind the clouds." —Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul series

"Alethea Kontis’s debut is full of inventive whimsy. Take your favorite fairytale and spin it to the side, throw in a half-dozen other tales all dancing, and you get this Enchanted ball."—Mary Robinette Kowal, award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey

"It's the relaxed humor of Kontis' presentation that not only ups the realism of characters unfazed by talking frogs and fey characters but also gives this offering its sweet, distinctive stamp."—Booklist

About the Author

Alethea Kontis is the author of the Woodcutter Sisters series, which includes Enchanted, Hero, and Dearest. She is also the New York Times best-selling co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark-Hunter Companion. Alethea was a student of science fiction greats Andre Norton and Orson Scott Card. She lives and writes on Florida's Space Coast. Visit her website at www.aletheakontis.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Woodcutter Sisters (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547645708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547645704
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She's known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.

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.

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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By BookMonster VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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This was a fantastic book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A romantic comedy filled with magic and a mixture of all the classic fairy tales.

Pros:
*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.

Cons:
*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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Auggie on July 4, 2014
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Ever wonder where fairytales come from?

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.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By V. Canfield VINE VOICE on June 25, 2012
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I won't bother giving a synopsis of the story since you can read that in other reviews. Instead I'll focus on problems this book had that kept me from enjoying it.

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.
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