Book Review – ‘Enchanted’ by Alethea Kontis

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 who is born on the Sabbath Day Is blithe and bonny and good and gay.

Alethea Kontis’ “Enchanted” is a mixture of all the endearing fantasies we enjoyed as children. The title alone pulls you into a fairy tale playground and leaving it would be far too unkind. After all, ‘we’re all doomed to a happy life.’ The storyline is rather alluring and I must applaud on the author’s effortless delivery that comes out undeniably appealing. This is the kind of book deserving of your attention and holds it inescapably. 

I’m going to do my best in writing my impression without giving too much away, because this book doesn’t come out until May and I was too excited to wait in doing a quick review.

The story is about Sunday Woodcutter, her family, and a particularly interesting new friend, who happens to have a just as interesting history with the Woodcutters that Sunday isn’t aware of before hand. The book also depicts her need to express herself in a large family but filling that emptiness with comfort and love from a frog?

There’s emphasis on the meaning of loss: in death, to marriage, and in magic; the importance of hard-work and earning your own, as well as the significance of seven (the number itself and its connection with the days of the week), and the secret behind the family name.

A few highlights in “Enchanted” that I liked included the author’s depiction of Sunday’s personality, how sincere and humbled she was, and her obvious desperation of wanting to be interesting. I also enjoyed the humor here and there, how easy it was to envision the characters being described, and how relatable they all are. I can definitely see myself in Sunday, in being a part of a large family and sometimes feeling a bit left out. And I’m sure that anyone who reads this book can match themselves with at least one of the sisters, or brothers.  

Other key moments include finding love and experiencing moments that shake things up a bit for the main characters. There’s certainly a lot going on and plenty to take in, but I promise you this is not a book you’ll tire of. You’ll keep reading till the end and will never complain.

In conclusion:

Enchanted” is the perfect melting pot for any fantasy lover looking to revisit the magical aspects of their childhood. A little twist and turn, sparks of humor, a touch of magic and imaginatively, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the taste!

Rating: 4/5


Release date: 5.8.2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Harcourt)

Pages: 320

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If you’ve already read it, tell me what you think.

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