Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spelled by Betsy Schow

Rating: Enjoyed
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 2, 2015)
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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.

You know those guilty pleasure type shows which are brainless and silly but you still cant help watching it every week (or whenever you can)? Because for you it is just fun, and you can switch your brain off, you know the shows that are brain candy? Well this book for me was a brain candy book.

The story is a mash up of fairy tales with the Wizard of Oz story being the main story it follows, and it seems to be set prior to the Wizard of Oz books. The author has woven in references to just about every children's story ever, and threw in some current pop culture references as well (such as when Dorthea says "let it go snow boy let it go" and e books being enchanted books).

So we have spoiled brat princess, arrogant annoying prince (and now fiance to spoiled brat Princess), and snarky side kick having to travel across the ruined fair tale landscape and try to fix everything. To be fair to Dorthea (Princess), she had never ever been allowed out of the castle so it is understandable she is a little self absorbed when all she can do is online shop. I was happy with the character development and felt it was done in line with the events that occured. Dorthea had a steep learning curve.

This will be a short review because really all you need to know is the book is a fairy tale mash up/satire, it made me laugh and I had fun reading it. If you want a quick fun read this might be what you need.

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