Sunday, July 12, 2015

*Review* Spelled by Betsy Schow

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Genre: Fantasy/YA
Published: June 2, 2015
Pages: 352
Ages: 12+


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.


Princess Sofia the First meets The Wizard of Oz and Once Upon a Time in Spelled.

I requested and received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although I've never read The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, my favorite movie growing up was The Wizard of Oz. Maybe it was because I'm from Kansas, maybe because I loved the songs; I don't really know because I was three when the obsession started, but I still love everything at all like The Wizard of Oz to this day, so I was thrilled when I got approved for this book. 

Spelled takes us into the land of the stories where our favorite fairytale and story book characters live their lives until the Storymakers get around to writing their happily ever afters. But what if the Storymakers aren't always in control of the outcome?

After a wish goes wrong, Dorthea, the Emerald princess must go on a quest to try and fix what she broke, which is basically everything in the land of Story. At the beginning of the book, she reminded me of any of the girls on My Super Sweet Sixteen; shallow, spoiled, and vapid. She wasn't really a very likable person, but I still found myself wanting her to get her way, and succeed. 

There was so much that I loved about this book, from the chapter headers that were excerpts from books and magazines that are clearly popular in the land of Story, to the way aspects of the original stories were woven into this tale. The way the characters cursed ("For the love of Grimm") provided several giggles while I was reading. This was basically like getting to read a modern day prequel to The Wizard of Oz

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It made me laugh a lot and kept me thoroughly entertained and flipping pages. I'd love to see a sequel and would definitely recommend it to YA fairytale fans. - Katie 

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