Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


Alethea Kontis
Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-547-64570-4
FORMAT: Fantasy
AGES: Young Adult
4 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:

18. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
17. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
15. In Darkness by Nick Lake
14. Crusher by Niall Leonard
13. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

This is one of those books that I suspected I would like as soon as I read the description of the book. And it is nice to know that I still know what books hit that sweet spot of wanting to keep reading into all hours of the night.

Sunday comes from a large family with three brothers and seven sisters. In fact, she is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter…and thus tends to wish and dream a bit more than her mother wants her to. All of her sisters are named after the days of the week…and they all have a uncanny connection to the characteristics listed in the poem about children born on specific days:

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.

But being the seventh daughter is not easy, especially when fairy godmothers and magic and talking frogs are thrown into the picture. In fact, the talking frog turns out to be a prince who turns out to be Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland, who is the cause of Sunday’s oldest brother’s death. Even though she doesn’t know who he is, she loves him. And he loves her. But can they overcome the harsh past of their families? Can they overcome the magic that enchants even the smallest portion of their lives? Can true love really win over the ghosts of past family feuds?

This is one of the fairytale-like stories that made me just plain happy to read. I liked seeing how various fairytale lore was thrown in to the story…almost as if the actual fairy tales were glimpses of this “real” tale. I enjoyed how the main part of the book was not the two characters falling in love, but how they could work to keep their love despite everything else that was happening around and to them. The descriptions of the various family members shows depth to each character. At one point I thought I understood the basic characteristics of the sisters thanks to the above mentioned poem. But then near the end there were a few moments when I realized that I hardly knew them at all–the girls were in fact so much more than what their line in a poem could be. I loved realizing that all the characters were pretty much like this. So, even though I knew (or at least hoped I knew) how the “happily ever after” would come for my two favorite characters, I enjoyed seeing how there was really more to the story and the ending than what I first thought. Which is probably why I read the ending three times.

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