Book Review: Spelled

spelledI had high hopes for this book, maybe I hyped it up too much in my head, but I didn’t end up enjoying it nearly as much as I thought I would.  It is geared towards “young adults” and I guess I no longer am one of those, which may have had something to do with it. I didn’t like the replacement of “Grimm” “spell” and “pixed” for what would be considered swear words.  I couldn’t connect with the main character Princess Dorthea Gayle Emerald.

There were a few funny bits throughout the book and I liked how it brought together a lot of different fairy tale references and characters. (The “Wrong Direction: My Spell’s What Makes You Beautiful” reference actually made me laugh out loud.)

If you’re looking for a fun and light read aimed at Young Adults about a bratty teenage princess and you enjoy fairytales as much as I do (or more – if possible) then this is the summer read for you. Just don’t go into it with an expectations (like I unfortunately did) or it might not live up to them!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

“This wickedly funny, fast-paced adventure has it all: brains, courage, and heart. (Plus a kickin’ pair of heels.) .” –Jen Calonita, author of The Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Fairy Tale Reform School series

All spell is about to break loose in this madcap fairy tale mash-up

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 not-so-charming 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.

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