Devourer of all books fantasy
I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. This was an extremely fun read. It twists a number of fairy tales in a way that is fun, heartfelt, and clever. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The second book in this series will be titled, Hero, and is expected to release in October of 2013.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. They voices were all very distinct and portray emotion well. My only complaint would be that some of the female voices were a bit shrill. The narrator has a wonderful English accent that suits the story well.
Sunday is the youngest of seven daughters all named for days of the week and all cursed to characterize the epitome of their weekday name (Monday’s child is fair of face...you know that old poem). However Sunday is unhappy and her only refuge is stories. One day she meets a frog in the forest named Grumbold; they become friends, swap stories, and fall in love. Sunday kisses him but nothing happens...until the next morning when, unknown to Sunday, Grumbold turns into Prince Rumbold...who just happens to be a dreaded enemy of Sunday’s family. As you can imagine hilarious antics ensue.
Sunday was an excellent character. She is a bit dreamy, but still fun and feisty. All of her sisters have very distinct personalities. The family dynamic was very interesting to read about and I enjoyed it.
Rumbold was an interesting character because he is missing a lot of his memory for most of the story. As a result he gets to start life afresh without any of the baggage people normally accumulate as they grow up. It’s an interesting idea and thought-provoking...who would you be if you didn’t have any of your previous life experiences to shape you?
What makes this book really fun though is how cleverly all the different fairy tales are tied together. There are references to numerous fairy tales woven in here and it is fun to try to spot them and place them. This book has references to The Princess and the Frog, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and many many more. I absolutely love fairy tales and really enjoyed seeing them all twisted together like this.
Overall this was a wonderfully fun read, I really enjoyed it. The characters are easy to engage with and very sweet, the plot is well done, and I loved how many different fairy tales are twisted into the mix. Highly recommended to fans of fairy tale retellings...this was just such a fun read! I can’t wait to see what Hero will be like!
Got this book because I love the narrator so it was worth listening to on that score. The story was not as interesting; however, it was certainly different from what I normally listen to.
So I've heard this book is kind of hard to get into and I think I've found out why. Because this books NEEDS to be read TO you! Jell green is fantastic and the words in this book are written like an old school fairytale.
This is so good. If you want to give this book a try, do the audio version. This story needs to be heard.
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
Great audio book! I thought it was going to be a retelling of the frog prince, but this book had probably about a hundred fairy tales woven through. The narration was light and sweet and funny. All around a treat.
I love audiobooks so hard!
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was wonderful. I'll definitely be reading (or listening) to the rest in the series.
This is tale of Sunday Woodcutter. She is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter.
I love fairy-tale re-tellings and I really enjoyed how many fairy tales were woven into this story, such as [the Frog Prince, Jack & the Beanstalk, the 12 Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, and I'm certain I'm missing a few].
Overall, this was a fun, lighthearted story and am looking forward to the rest in the series.
I loved the idea for the story, and was so excited to find it on sale on audible. This story was right up my alley! However, the narrator doing the reading for Audible is awful. There are random intimations and crescendos in a normal sentence that completely throws off the feeling of the story. I tried to go through, and I listened for over an hour, but there were so many moments where the narrator made it sound like the characters were shouting angrily at each other in their speech, but would end "she said quietly." It just didn't work.
I first read this book as a digital copy from my library. I have since purchased a digital copy of my own and was delighted when I discovered it was available as an audio book as well.
I love fairy tales and have become quite the fan of retold fairy tales. having read many, this one definitely ranks among my favourites and I eagerly await the release of the others in the series.
What a beautiful heartwarming magical tale. Alethea Kontis manages to weaves some of the most beloved fairytales of all time into her characters in such way that not only adds to the charm of this wonderful story, it also reach down inside to the child in all of us and makes us believe once again in magic, true love and destiny.
I am always looking for stories that my girls - ages 7 and 13 - can both enjoy, which is so much harder than one realizes. This not only keep them, but me as well so enthralled we listened to it EVERY spare moment we had.
A true treasure. This is a series that I will keep on my book shelf and reread to my children and someday to my grandchildren. Thank you so much for such a beautiful tale that brought me back to those memories of believing in magic, faraway lands, fairies, prince and princesses and true love.