Friday, August 31, 2012

Follow Friday (28)

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Q:  Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?.
Are you seriously expecting me to choose?
I'll admit.  The first thing that draws me to a book is a beautiful cover.  There.  I said it! 
And I can't choose just one.  So maybe I will choose one from the most recent books I've read?
I've got to say, out of the last ten books I've read, this cover has to be my favorite:

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


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?

Sunday Woodcutter's story starts off with her own words - and flows into the lyrical tale of Enchanted.

It all starts with Sundays love for writing and her frequent trips to the Woods.  There, beside a Fairy Well, she meets Grumble, an enchanted frog.  Their friendship grows as you learn the colorful history of Sunday's family, from the pirate queen Thursday, to the dead daughter of grace, Tuesday.

With a kiss - or, actually several, Grumble is turned from a frog to a man.  Prince Rumbold, to be exact - the man Sunday's family despises, for the very event that led to Rumbold's froggy transformation and the loss of the eldest Woodcutter.  What's a love-lorn Prince to do but set up a ball and try to woo Sunday, this time as a man?  To bad his Godmother and father keep getting in the way - and to bad Sunday's sisters may just have their own stories waiting to be told.

Many little, minor plot points are deftly weaved into the twisting plot.  What starts out as a love story between the Frog Prince and the Woodcutter's daughter soon becomes an amazing adventure including all of the Woodcutter children and many fairy tales that may seem familiar.

I can honestly say I felt immensely sad when I finished this book.  It was so good that letting it go was hard - but I do think it's a fairy take that I will be able to enjoy over and over again.

If you see this at the library - pick it up.  If you have some extra cash - I would strongly suggest buying this book up.  From the amazing cover to the beautifully told fairy take inside, this is not a book you want to miss.

Rating:  5/5

Market: YA
Language: Mild
Sensuality: Mild
Violence: Mild