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Enchanted | [Alethea Kontis]

Enchanted

It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical.

One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland - and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction to this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

©2012 Alethea Kontis (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Shannon Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-03-12
    Shannon Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an adult who loves a good YA read---but really I just love an engrossing story. If it pulls me in and I can't stop reading-I'm happy!

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    "Charming... Enchanting"

    I bought this because the cover drew me in---but I wasn't immediately hooked into the story. About 25% of the way through---I was engaged. This is an offbeat fairytale. The formula is there---Prince turned frog falls in love with a girl---convinces her to kiss him which turns him back into a Prince. This is why I was bored... but once the kiss came---I was hooked because Alethena Kontis kept me off balance as a reader. As soon as I recognized the fairtale---she switched things up...

    Give this one a chance if you are a fan of a quirky family... I really enjoyed it and was sad to hear it end.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha Salem, OR, United States 05-12-12
    Tabitha Salem, OR, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fairy Tales, Romance, and a Couple Scares Too!"
    What made the experience of listening to Enchanted the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was a delight to listen to, and the story was full of fantastic imagry. The humor was shockingly good too. Highly recommended for pre-teens, teens, and adults that have a love of the classic fairy tales.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author used well known fairy tales as a stepping off/jumping off point, and then she ran with those tales to make this into a fascinating story of its own.

    I've read other books that mix tales like this, but this one worked on a higher scale than most of those. To be honest, I did roll my eyes at the "reveal" of a couple of them, and I was glad when the new references stopped for a large section of the book. It almost felt like the author was relying too much on them at first, but I got over that quickly.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Katherine Kellgren's reading of this tale is similar to the way she read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"... and I wouldn't want it any other way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were about 10 points where I dirupted my co-workers with my uproarious and uncontrollable laughter. The author puts some great snarky lines into this book that will make your eyes bug out in surprise, and then you won't be able to control the titters.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't the most serious book in the world. It was obvoiusly a fun write for the author. There are moments where I was reminded of Grim... moments of Monty Python...moments of Anne Shirley ("Anne of Green Gables")... and there were moments where I was reminded of Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita". Have fun reading this one. I know I did.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 07-03-12
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 07-03-12 Member Since 2004

    I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.

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    "A Wonderful Little Tale"

    Enchanted is a charming story that puts a modern spin on fairy tale conventions and makes many humorous nods to the staples of the genre which should be familiar to almost anyone with even a hint of a mainstream upbringing. That said, putting a modern spin on things doesn't mean a deconstruction; it remains a fairy tale through and through (with people turned into animals, castles at the center of magical kingdoms, fairy godmothers granting gifts with secret significance, a fair number of family curses, etc), though perhaps a little more mature than the sanitized versions of such tales in circulation of late.

    This is not at all necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the story is lively, funny and sufficiently self-aware to make you smile at the characters' predicaments while still caring about how exactly it all turns out. Both aspects are helped tremendously by Katherine Kellgren's narration, a woman who I am now certain can do no wrong. The spectrum of voices is diverse enough to keep everyone readily identifiable and the accents and emotion she puts into her reading made the whole book a true joy to listen to.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up with a fondness for fairy tales, and a taste for a little whacky humor. The book is a bit short, but well worth the price.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 03-19-13
    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "All my favorite Fairytales rolled into one..."

    I am a sucker for a good Fairytale. This book was very kid friendly as I listened to it with my 12 and 9 yr old. I enjoyed how the fairy tales that we know and love are rolled together into one story. Sunday is an amazing character and is fearless when it comes to loving her family. It is only when she meets the prince that she struggles with her willingness to love and her commitment to her family.

    Seven Daughters to a seventh daughter ... Seven Days of the week and fairies all around.

    What a great adventure... I would have given it more stars, but it was written so that it was more the speed of a preteen. I thought the Narrator performed the parts well, but it took me a while to get used to how she phased the passages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aser Sacramento, CA, United States 07-03-12
    Aser Sacramento, CA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2004

    I am a blind attorney and aspiring writer, trying to broaden my interests beyond my sci-fi, thriller and history staples.

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    "A Wonderful Little Tale"

    Enchanted is a charming story that puts a modern spin on fairy tale conventions and makes many humorous nods to the staples of the genre which should be familiar to almost anyone with even a hint of a mainstream upbringing. That said, putting a modern spin on things doesn't mean a deconstruction; it remains a fairy tale through and through (with people turned into animals, castles at the center of magical kingdoms, fairy godmothers granting gifts with secret significance, a fair number of family curses, etc), though perhaps a little more mature than the sanitized versions of such tales in circulation of late.

    This is not at all necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the story is lively, funny and sufficiently self-aware to make you smile at the characters' predicaments while still caring about how exactly it all turns out. Both aspects are helped tremendously by Katherine Kellgren's narration, a woman who I am now certain can do no wrong. The spectrum of voices is diverse enough to keep everyone readily identifiable and the accents and emotion she puts into her reading made the whole book a true joy to listen to.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up with a fondness for fairy tales, and a taste for a little whacky humor. The book is a bit short, but well worth the price.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-17-13
    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Fairy Tale Lover's Dream"
    Would you listen to Enchanted again? Why?

    Yes. Its a beautifully written story that makes you remember all the wonderful fairy tales you grew up with. The nitty gritty ones so many parents won't read to their children anymore. Every chapter was filled with magic and all the different fairy tale references was like being in on a secret joke.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Thursday, Sunday's Pirate Queen Sister. I find myself very much hoping Thursday gets a book later. She never actually appears in the book itself, is only mentioned, but she seems awesome. Second favorite is probably Tricks because he's so adorable!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She has a lovely voice. Her accent is just right for fairy tales.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoyed the first couple chapters where Sunday is writing in her journal about her family and you get to hear about them. Each is unique and has their own story, you can tell, which is highly impressive that Alethea could balance them all so nicely.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been seeing a lot of reviews, both negative and positive describing this book as a fairy tale retold. That is not what this is. It is a whole new fairy tale.

    The biggest mistake anyone can make when opening this book is to think you know the story already. This is an entirely new creature.

    What Alethea Kontis does in this book is bring to like our favorite tales from the Brothers Grimm and a touch of Hans Christen Anderson to weave the magical rules of this world.

    This is a world where, if a girl meets a talking frog, she easily figures out its a man because her world is full of enchanted frogs turned men, full of Kings with no name, full of fairy godmothers baring magical gifts.

    I quite enjoyed this read. It sets up a beautiful world and Alethea's writing voice is perfect for it. She captures the true essence of fairy tales and makes them her own.

    I grew up with Brothers Grimm and every once in a while, Alethea would make a reference to apples and you knew they must be poisoned, or to any other number of things and if you're a true fairy tale lover, you understand the rules of them.

    She doesn't spell it out for you but if you pay enough attention, she leaves you enough clues to make an educated guess. Like so many people having violet eyes. I think this says how much magic is in their blood. Purple and violet always seem to be a reference to magic.

    This was a lovely start to what is going to be an enchanting series.

    Just remember, when you open the book, let Alethea weave her magical tale. She's not retelling you a story you've heard a thousand times. She's using the age old fairy tale references and rules to create something entirely new. She's setting up a world that I can't wait to visit again to find out what happened with all of Sunday's sisters and, hopefully, her brothers too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 08-21-14
    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2010

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Magical"

    Listened for Fun and World Book Night 2014 (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

    Read It File It: While this is not my normal cup of tea, I do think I picked a perfect book to hand out for World Book Night 2014. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis should appeal to all fairy tale lovers and will make people smile! The story is really well paced and magical in an off the beaten path kind of way.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren /Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins


    Katherine is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is perfect for stories like these--it has a hint of magic and fun. Her narration enhanced the story and brought it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle W San Francisco, CA, United States 11-07-13
    Elle W San Francisco, CA, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Overly Descriptive"
    Any additional comments?

    As expected, Katherine Kellgren delivers a superb performance, well worth the listen. But this book is really a short story padded up in superfluous descriptions. It is weighed down by wordiness, slowing down the entire plot and muddying the action with far too much contemplation. This felt like an insincere device, and an unnecessary one. All those repetitive details did not make it more lush or enchanting... Just buried the charming love story. It frustrated me as if I was standing in line at a buffet, stomach grumbling, behind an extremely slow group of people who had to talk about each dish before using tweezers to extract a serving for themselves and moving on to the next dish to do the same. I'd grab a hunk of bread and just make of if it was possible.


    Overall, there are some clever parts to the story, and I liked the interweaving of fairy tales. I also found the characters to be, usually, interesting and likable. But, while I waited for things to actually take place and gore the plot to pick up the pace, I had too much time to think how silly the premise is. It bothers me when anything, book, movie or TV, depends on a character's refusal to do what most sane people would do: simple say something honest and normal. There's little reason Sunday, who is otherwise very smart, couldn't draw the most obvious conclusion about where her frog is...or even at least hope a little, even if she didn't think it was her kiss. And there's even less reason for him to not just come straight out and admit it...his making up arbitrary rules about how he must win her love is just silly. So, only enjoying Kellgren's artful performance makes this audiobook a bearable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Eckert Minneapolis, MN 08-20-13
    K. Eckert Minneapolis, MN 08-20-13 Member Since 2004

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Fun twisting of fairy tales"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-10-14
    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Mom of 3 and a book lover.

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    "Long version of The Princess And The Frog"

    WOW I'm truly enchanted by the story. At first I had low expectation, but thanks to the narrator that performs so well keep me listening, and sigh at the end with broad smile on my face. The storyline and the dialogue are so brilliant and funny, and over all turn out very different from what I expected. TWO thumbs UP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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