~posted by Ruth
Enchanted: The Woodcutter Sisters by Alethea Kontis
Based on a recommendation from Meghan, the other half of this blog-writing team, I dug into the first book in this teen series re-imagining fairy tales, and I was–well–Enchanted. Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Not only that, her father is the seventh son of a seventh son. There’s a set-up for lots of magic indeed. This first in the series focuses mostly on Sunday’ s story and we soon learn the power of her fairy godmother (for good and evil), and how the world of fairy tales can be woven and rewoven. There’s the little matter of the talking frog Sunday meets by the well, who turns out to be a prince in disguise. And then, her brother sells the family cow for–you guessed it!–magic beans. Spinning straw (and wool) into gold? Check! Geese that lay Golden Eggs? Yup. I know it may sound like a crazy fairytale mash-up, but it actually is an engrossing tale spun with clever plot twists and spunky heroines, and heroes, too. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and have just begun Book 2: Hero, which is the story of Sunday’s sister Saturday. Another terrific protagonist-not to mention pirate ships and wicked witches. Dearest came out earlier this year, it looks like there are more to come. Stay tuned!