Enchanted (Books of Arilland #1)
by Alethea Kontis
This book is so cute :). I have an audio book of this one and I’ve just finished listening to it for the second time and I still love it. It’s a perfect fairy tale, like the ones you’ve dreamt of when you were a child. Well, some of you probably dreamt of becoming superheroes, but I think you get my drift, right?
It all starts with a girl, who loves to write stories, a magic frog in his little pond and just enough magic to throw things in motion. I’ve seen some people said it’s one of the instant-love stories, but it’s not! They take their time to fall in love, they become friends first. After all the first kiss doesn’t work! And then Rumbold tries to make Sunday fall in love with him again in his human form.
Ooooh, but I should probably tell you something about the story… I don’t really feel like it, so here’s the book blurb:
It isn’t easy being 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 for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?
For a retelling, this book is also quite imaginative. It doesn’t follow the source story (or stories in this case) strictly. It’s original, a bit twisted, definitely not something you would suspect after reading the seven daughter names :). The moment it catches your attention it doesn’t let go. You start caring for each character, you know they are all distinct, they have their flaws and virtues. I adored Sunday, Rumbold, and Trix most. Oh, I know I was meant to since the first two are the meant-to-be couple and Trix is pretty awesome, but I just couldn’t resist.
This story is cute, heart-warming and adorable. It made me smile and go “aww” many times. And since it’s the first part of the series, the story promises you much more. Hints of other plots are everywhere. Beginnings of various stories that might happen, that can be written (some already were). I’m definitely going to read other parts and if you like fairy tales retellings – check this one out.