Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Spelled by Betsy Schow

Spelled
by Betsy Schow
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: June 2, 2015
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought that this retelling was really inventive. It didn't follow the story super closely but close enough that you could follow the original tale.

I loved the characterization of Kato and Dorthea. I thought that Schow did a great job of creating quirky traits. The characters were all multi-faceted, which I always really appreciate. None of the characters were perfect; all had flaws. 

I thought that the novel was fun and delightful. Fantasy fanatics or retelling lovers will adore this novel.

It was well written and written in a creative way.

More specifically, I think that fans of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White will really enjoy this one. 

Major Strengths: Creativity, fun writing, and quirky characters. A book full with a sense of humor. 

Major Weaknesses: I thought that the pacing could have been balanced a little bit better. Certain parts I felt were rushed. However, all in all really enjoyable. 

So why 3.5 stars? While I did really enjoy it, it didn't quite make 4 stars for me. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There are references to violence in this novel. There isn't any swearing because they use things like "for Grimm's sake," "pixed" and other words that go along with the fairy tale world. No sexual content. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun book that comes recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

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