Friday, June 12, 2015

Spelled by Betsy Schow

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Synopsis:  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.

My thoughts: A most unusual retelling of the Wizard of Oz, for sure. It was fascinating and different, but it just never really "grabbed" me. 

Dorthea is the Emerald Princess, confined to the castle due to a generations-old curse. When she makes a wish that goes VERY wrong, she is thrown into an adventure to beat all adventures. 

The characters are all very well written, and easy to like--or hate. The situations are a bit contrived at times, but aren't most fairy tales? It's interesting to see how Dorthea changes and matures throughout, however. By the end, she's much less the spoiled brat and more the caring princess and friend.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Three stars

1 comment:

Diane Coto said...

I've seen this one all over the place. Wasn't sure whether to read or not. Still deciding, but your review helps.
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