I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 2, 2015
Genres: YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I signed up for this book without any real expectations. I just wanted to try reviewing a YA fantasy novel for a change, and the fairy-tale retelling aspect drew me to this title even though I’m not particularly into The Wizard of Oz. To be honest, I’d put off reading it for a while. When I finally gave it a go, it managed to do what some of my recent reads hadn’t been able to do. It captured my imagination. More than that, it made me laugh.
“I’ll get you, my princess. And your little fur ball too.”
First off, let me correct myself. Spelled is not a fairy-tale retelling. It’s a fairy-tale reinvention mashup. Or mashup reinvention. Forget comparing it to The Wizard of Oz. That’ll just give you a headache, because everything’s so different. Yet there are these familiar names, such as Dorthea (of course!) and even Beauty and Rapunzel. There are also these familiar faces, such as the hookah-smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. And I can’t not mention the very modern things that made their way to the Spelled universe, such as the Hans Christian Louboutin heels, UPS (which stands for United Pegasus Service, but of course!), and cloud storage (and I mean, literal cloud storage)—to name a few. It’s such an imaginative read that entertained me from the get-go. Read More »