Reviews for Enchanted
Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
In the land of Arilland, Sunday--the seventh daughter of a seventh son--is supposed to be "blithe and bonny and gay" and no more than a silly afterthought in the shadow of her older brother and six remarkable sisters. However, it's clear she's meant for more when she meets a talking frog. True, a talking frog is not unusual in her neck of the woods, but this one is insightful and kind, and he listens to the stories she writes, tales that have a strange knack for coming true. Slowly, the two fall in love and share a kiss, and that's where the real "once-upon-a-time" begins. Arilland is a delightful blend of original world building and traditional fairy tales. And Sunday herself is a greatest-hits mash-up of different princesses and fairy-tale heroines, including, of course, Cinderella. But 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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Kontis pulls threads from a dozen different fairy tales to weave a complex tapestry that is half fantasy romance and half family saga. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sunday has fallen in love with an enchanted frog, which provides the tale s focal point. Witty narration and clever dialogue help make this novel memorable.
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June
Gr 7-9--Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and as such she finds that her stories have great power. When she meets a frog in the woods one day, their friendship slowly blossoms into love. Once he is freed from a dastardly spell and restored to his human form, Crown Prince Rumbold returns to the castle and calls for three balls to be held so that he may reunite with his beloved. When he meets Sunday's family at the first ball, he realizes that there is a troubled history between their families and decides to conceal his previous amphibian identity. As magic suddenly blossoms throughout the Woodcutter family, two dueling fairy godmothers battle for the kingdom's fate, and the Frog Prince and his love must each rely on the other to find true happiness. Kontis delivers a fairy-tale mash-up that outright sparkles. The characters are perfectly drawn, with flaws, hidden agendas, and a seemingly infinite hope for a bright and loving future. Fanciful bits of almost every classical fairy tale dance through Sunday's story, leading readers into an effervescent new world. The twists and turns, the nod to genre classics, and the emotional depth of this novel will captivate readers.--Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT [Page 126]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2012 February
The first YA novel from a published picture book author, this fantasy tale is a clever reworking of the fairy tales you may recall from your childhood. The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rumpelstiltskin, among others, are all put in a blender and retold through the activities of the rustic Woodcutter family, which produced seven magical daughters named for the days of the week. Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest, is the star of this tale, being the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. She starts things off by befriending a frog who may be a prince and whose father may be a vampiric figure that drinks the life blood from his many wives to stay youthful, and who presently may be courting one of her older sisters. Will Sunday save her sister? Will she wait for her frog to become human or fall for the charms of her kingdom's prince? Will she stop her foolish brother from selling the family cow for beans? Eventually, all of the sisters' tales become intertwined as they attend balls and meet dashing noblemen, slay a giant, and deal with the spells and intrigues of their two magical "godmother" aunts. Patient fantasy readers will undoubtedly enjoy the sometimes confusing mash-up of these famous stories, spiced with comedy, romance and magical powers. The author has co-authored a work with well-known fantasy writer, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and is sure to produce follow-ups to the Woodcutter family's saga.--Kevin Beach 4Q 3P M J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.