I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spelled by Betsy Schow
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 6/2/2015
Genres: Fairytale, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
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Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.
Talk about unhappily ever after.
Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
Spelled is a fun story. I love how Schow weaved in all the fairytales, and made them come to life.
Dorthea is a girl who is forbidden to step outside the castle, and it’s the one thing she wants more than anything. When we first meet her she is kind of a brat. She thinks she is better than everyone and needs a kick in the pants. I think my favorite thing is that Dorthea grows. She learns that maybe she isn’t all that, and maybe she should be a little more kind.
Another favorite thing is that she is constantly having to fight this hunger that is trying to take over. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to try to figure out if I’m the hero or villain of the story. Each choice leads to something a consequence, can Dorthea live with some of hers.
Then there is the friendship and romance. Dorthea ends up with a wide range of friends. She didn’t think she’d find herself amidst these people, or want to be friends with them. But they prove that friends come in the unlikeliest of forms, and have a fierce loyalty.
I’m hoping there are more books to this. I could get lost in this world over and over again. The characters are smart, witty, and a lot of fun in even the most dire situations.
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