I must say, this was one imaginative, playful, thought-provoking, lyrical, and truly BIZARRE book. It starts out as a retelling of the girl who befriends and kisses an enchanted frog and turns him back into a prince—but as the story progresses, it involves much more than that. There were many odd bits and pieces of other fairy tales woven throughout: a royal ball with a lost slipper, a giant in pursuit on a beanstalk, a girl sleeping with a pea under her mattress, a goose laying golden eggs, winged motherly wraiths giving desperate warnings, a king embroiled in evil plots with fey assistance, fingers poked upon a spinning wheel, a girl living in a tower, and such like. Whew. Still, the main storyline that holds it all together is the romantic tale of the frog-prince and Sunday Woodcutter, who is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Will they have their happily ever after…or not?
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 Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince, and I'm sure there are many more that I'm just not thinking of at the moment, Sooo many that at times it got a little crazy.
I really loved the Woodcutter family - named after the days of the week - they all have their very own personality based on an old rhyme. The story really starts with Sunday falling in love with a frog - a talking one of course - and really takes off from there. We have fairy godmothers, princes, evil fairies, and even a changeling.
I really liked how we got to know so many different people in the Woodcutter family. All the sisters have a special role to play and each of them get to be the hero at some point in the story. I loved that they were the heroes and got to save the day several times.
Arilland is an amazing kingdom full of magic that I really enjoyed. But there were just too many fairy tales going on. While there were combined and meshed together quite well, my mind kept jumping around from one to another and sometimes lost track of where it was actually going in the story. I had a few "now what" moments. On the other hand, I'm totally invested in this family and I need to know what happens to the next sister.
I was intrigued with the summary for this book. I come from a family of 7 daughters (and 2 sons). I line up with daughter number 4, Thursday, who ran off with the Pirate King and sends trunks of gifts back home, haha!
The first line is, "My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life." Sunday starts out writing in her journal and she meets a frog named Grumble. They become good friends and she enjoys telling him about her family. He asks her to kiss him (since that's how the fairytale goes) and nothing happens. She goes back and tells him more about her family and he asks her to kiss him again so she does, and, again, nothing happens. She kisses him a third time and had to run off so she doesn't know for quite a while that something did happen this time.
I loved Sunday and Rumbold, the prince (also Grumble the frog). When he was Grumble, Sunday found him easy to talk to. As Rumbold, she's intrigued with him but their family doesn't like him because of something else that happened in the past. But she's finding it hard to continue disliking him when she feels so drawn to him.
This book is full of fun, colorful characters and lots of different fairytale references. There's romance, mystery, adventure, magic, danger, secrets, friendship and humor. I'm excited to read more about this family in Hero (Saturday finding love is sure to be quite funny) and even more in the future! I recommend this to anyone that loves fairytales, clean romance and adventure!
I listened to this on audiobook. I loved the voice of Katherine Kellgren and her accent, and this is an audiobook definitely worth listening to.
"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 corporate-cartoon villains here. Our heroine falls in love instantly, and why not? This novel is a kind of fairy tale woven of fairy tales, and the fact that her true love is initially a frog is just one of the endearingly strange elements that make this story so intriguing. Another is the whimsical and sometimes dangerous magic manifested in her very special family. I was reminded of the sometimes sinister fairy forces in "Little, Big," another great fantasy, only this story is more dreamy (and sometimes nightmarish). It's perfect for YA audiences, but adults who enjoy a flight of fancy will find it compelling, too.