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Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)

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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  11,128 ratings  ·  1,797 reviews
It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One ni
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Hira
Jan 24, 2012 Hira marked it as to-be-released
Shelves: ya, fantasy
It'd be kind of funny and tragic if she was named Friday in current times. It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Before reading this review, please keep 3 things in mind:
1. This is JUST my opinion
2. This is JUST my opinion
3. I've had a lot of caffeine tonight, and THIS IS JUST MY OPINION.


Basically, the main word I'd use to describe Enchanted is bizarre. Even before I ultimately decided it wasn't going to get any better and I couldn't care less about the characters, I thought that this was a very bizarre story.

Some fairy-tale retellings are written to sound like extensions of the real story and others are
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Elevetha
So it wasn't bad. But it wasn't good.

The prose is nice and descriptions are lovely.

First off, Sunday Woodcutter meets a frog in the woods and INSTANTLY decides to tell this frog her life story and all about her family and their troubles. But, as we already knew, the frog is an enchanted prince. As soon as he talks...INSTA!LOVE ensues.

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Sunday is besotted by this creature of loveliness that listens and seems to care for her. But they can never have more because he is doomed to a life as a frog.

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Anne
Enchanted is easily one of the better books that I've read this year. If you're a fan of fairy tales then this is a definite Must-Read. The author did an amazing job of including almost every single well-know fairytale out there into one incredible story. And, yes. They are all told in a fresh way.

At first glance this looks like a retelling of The Frog Prince, but there is more...so much more to this story. Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rapunzel.
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Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5 beautiful stars out of 5!

Absolutely ADORABLE. Magical. Smile-inducing. And so incredibly sweet! This book is one of the many reasons why I love fairytales and their re-tellings so much!

Enchanted may mention some of my favourite fairytales — from The Princess and the Frog to Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk and more! — but it's much more than just a re-telling of them all. Alethea Kontis weaves them perfectly into an original and surprisingly complex story that's her own, adding
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Hermione
Aug 10, 2012 Hermione rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: idiots. complete, flat-dimensional, stupid insta-loving idiots
Recommended to Hermione by: my idiotic self
Pre-reading: Oh my gosh, it's a frog-turns-prince type of story! Haven't seen you before! Definitely will be reading thissssss~

Post-reading: Uck. 1.5 stars.

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I hate giving books one star reviews. I understand that authors work very hard to write a book, but it takes us only a few days to read it. And in those few days, the time after you close the back cover, you can decide whether to give the book a good rating or a bad rating.

Unfortunately, Enchanted from me got a bad rating.

I've never really
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Kat
Is it my fate that I must read books that get my hopes soaring only to get them dashed on the rocks of bitter disappointment?! Every part of me wanted to like this, and there were some points that I did, though mainly in the beginning. However the further I delved, the greater my confusion, frustration and befuddlement (I am aware befuddlement and confusion mean the same thing. I use both to emphasise the depths of my perplexity) over a story that wasn't really sure what it wanted to be. Was it ...more
Tamora Pierce
It's a wonderful mix-up of fairy-tale tropes, a clever love story, and a delightful tale all on its own!
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Enchanted is one of those books that tries too hard. I am potentially the biggest sucker for fairy-tale retellings. I have to talk myself out of fairytale stories on a regular basis.

To some extent, this is the retelling of The Frog Prince. The main character Sunday, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, meets a talking frog at the fairy well behind her family's house. They become friends first, then quickly she falls in love with the frog. One day she gives him a kiss then goes home. After
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TL
Started off okay, very charming and Sunday was adorable but after Aunt Joy came along, it started to go'meh' for me... The fairy stuff was semi-interesting but not enough for me to want to go on.

It's a cute idea but just not for me.

DNF at 41%
Ceitidh
Read more of my reviews at Dazzling Reads


"My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life." (Enchanted, Kontis, 2012, p.1)

Now, Readers are "Doomed" to a Happy Reading

Books like Enchanted are the reason why I started my blog. This book is such a Dazzling Read that I NEED to tell everyone about it. Enchanted is a magical and wondrous story that will make readers forget about reality and transport them far away to a fascinating kingdom and to experience one of the most beautiful and
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Blithe and bonny and good and gay? Who could ever live up to that? It's not in any way realistic. I don't want to be happy and good and dull. I want to be interesting."

Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter in her family, and everything she writes down in her journal has a mysterious way of coming true. When she meets and befriends Grumble the frog near her house she has no idea that he is actually Rumbold, the crown prince under the effects of a curse!
When they begin to fall in love, and Ru
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Soumi

The child who was born on Sabbath Day, is blithe and bonny and good and gay

Seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sunday Woodcutter is doomed to a happy life. One day she met an enchanted frog Grumble , befriends with him and soon they fall in love . One night kiss of her true love transformed Grumble back into Rumbold, crowned prince of Arilland. Now the prince is desperate to win Sunday’s love for the person he is now, not the frog she fell in love with.

Enchanted is wonderful makeover on “o
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Also Found On: A Book and A Record

Enchanted was, quite honestly the book I’ve been searching for. Lately my reading life has been a little bit “blah” as in no book sounds remotely good. Because of this I’ve been a little weary to pick anything new up, and have instead reverted back to oldie but goodie books that I can read over and over again. Luckily I stumbled upon Enchanted.

Enchanted is fairy-tale at its finest. Honestly, this would definitely have done any one of those Grimm Brother’s proud.
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Inspired Kathy


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I love both fairy tale retellings and twisted fairy tales so this one was right up my alley. I think my favorite thing about this story was the sheer amount of fairy tales that the author referenced or tied into the story line. I thought this would be a simple retelling for The Princess and the Frog but there ended up being more depth to the story. The characters lives are all woven together and honestly it was a little confusing at times but by the end of the book I was satisfied and am lookin
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

1.5 Stars

Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, with a family full of people who have their destinies laid out for them.
In a world of fairytales, Sunday is supposed to be good and pure. Happy forever and ever.
But she isn't. At least, she thinks she isn't.
While writing in the woods one day, she meets a talking frog called Grumble. He is cursed to be a frog until kissed by someone who truly loves him.
Sunday is comfortable around him and reads him her writing every day, while occa
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Valerie
Enchanted taps on a lot of fairy tales from the dancing princesses, jack in the bean stalk, cinderella of course, princess and the pea, to sleeping beauty. I might've actually missed some becuase I wasn't looking for them.

Sunday is the seventh daughter of a the seventh daughter. It's good that the sisters were named one after the other by days of the week starting with Monday; even though Sunday is the real start of the week. Every once in a while a sister is mentioned I don't remember the age o
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Samantha
I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it! Once the book started I couldn't put it down and I fell in love with all the characters. It's a little hard keeping track of all the sisters, but the book helps you out by assigning different traits to them all. Of course the prince is dreamy, and Sunday is beautiful but this book had way more than just a story of romance about those two. It also referenced a lot of different fairy tales which made it fun to read.The only problem I had with the ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is blithe and bonny and good and gay.


Sunday is the youngest of the Woodcutter children, with six older sisters and two brothers, plus an adopted Fey brother, crammed into a house that resembles a boot. The eldest son, Jack, had, long ago, gone to work
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Paradoxical
At once charming and hopelessly muddled, Enchanted takes old tales and tries to breath new life into them. Too bad that the story lines run into one another and you don't end up feeling anything other than "well, finally" at the end of the story.

The main character, Sunday, is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter/son (which, you know, in fairy tales means powerful things). She's a passable main character, but completely fails to be anything more than that. She's rather boring, actually, es
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Bayla
A whole mess of fairy tales and fairy-tale themes -- that sounds like so much fun, right? Well, in theory, yes. In practice - well, sort of.

First of all, the plot was pretty unbelievable. Not to mention confusing. There's the fact that Sunday falls in love with a frog (and he with her)in less than three days. I mean, falling in love in three days is one thing that we can argue about, but with a frog? That's just kind of creepy. And gross, if you ask me. Also the fact that when he disappears (af
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Elena
Oh, Alethea Kontis. When I read "Sunday," the short story on which this novel is based, I was charmed. It was a lighthearted fairytale that didn't pretend to be weightier than it was, and it was just a really fun story.

However, the light, charming short story should never have become a novel. This story feels like it struggled to become a book. The plotline was disjointed and drawn out, and there were so many threads that never seemed to really connect, or didn't connect in a way that was emotio
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Amy
Being an absolute lover of fairy tales, it took only a glimpse of the "Fairy Tales" genre pasted on this book to interest me. In fact, I might have read it based on the cover alone. Or the title. Or the author's name. Alethea? What a beautiful name.
Enchanted is the story of the Woodcutter family, particularly the youngest, Sunday. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and seventh son, Sunday is destined to be "blithe and bonny and good and gay" and do lots of wonderful things. She's innoce
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Isa Lavinia
I was really excited for this book because the description seemed so cute. It had so many problems, though...

I can excuse the insta-love, since this is a fairytale retelling, but that doesn't make it any less dissatisfying.
Sunday, the main character, is bonny and good, etc. But basically that's all she is, any of her sisters was a more interesting character than Sunday. The prince was a bit more interesting, but not by much.
While the writing was ok, the plot just tried to do too much. The main
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Elle
I saw this book while browsing through the kindle store and thought it looked good. I bought it and started reading immediately. The book was so good that I didn't put it down for 2 and 1/2 hours, at which point I had finished. This book was based off of the poem Monday's child. I loved that poem when I was little as much as I loved this book. This book also had a mash up of the fairy tales Jack & the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Frog. If you enjoy well written fairy tale ...more
Auggie
Ever wonder where fairytales come from?

It's been a while since I've met a book with this much spunk! Creative, intelligent, and even a little wacky, "Enchanted" will have both youth and adults imagining themselves pirates, paupers, and princesses. Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves together the favorite fairytales of childhood into one big "This probably could have happened, almost certainly" origin story.

The entire epic adventure is focused on the unique concept that all of the fairytales we've
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Dana JH
Enchanted was truly amazing. I love fairy tales, and this one was no exception... I feel like there aren't a lot of this genre out there... So it just makes me more glad when I find one that love. Unlike most fairytale retelling, this one followed no particular tale. Instead it companies parts of hundreds of stories into one, from the frog prince, to jack in the beanstalk, to the princess and the pea. Even if you went really that into fairy tales as a kid I guarantee there is something that you ...more
Barry Simiana
Jul 11, 2012 Barry Simiana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: veryone who loves a little magic, a little adventure, some good ol fashioned fun.
I was given this book with the simple instruction to " Read it, you pillock and you will love it!" Now, I'm a big boofy type bloke, I like cars and guns and blowing stuff up. But there is a more serious, less bombastic, destructive side to me. Foe example, I happen to love the book, the screenplay and the movie THE PRINCESS BRIDE, oft spoken of as the most perfect screenplay ever written.

Now there's ENCHANTED.

Seventh daughter of seventh daughter, Sunday Woodcutter is in for a wild rode. When you
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Anne Osterlund
Sunday is a writer. But she has to be careful because whatever she writes comes true. So she sticks to the past and stories about her family: her oldest brother’s tragic accident, her fey foster brother’s knack for trouble, her older sister’s adventures as a pirate queen, etc. And Sunday shares them with Grumble.

Who is a transformed man that is now a frog. And remembers nothing about his own family. But he listens very well. Then, of course, the inevitable happens. Sunday falls in love. She kiss
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Marjorie Ingall
Sigh. I wanted to grab this book by the shoulders and shake it. Am baffled by why it's on YALSA's 10-best list. Really, it's the editor who needs some shaking -- Kontis is a first-time novelist (I think) and the book has that Moon Over Manifest issue of TOO MUCHNESS, too much in-loveness with its own cleverness. It could have been a third shorter -- really and truly. Kontis is too wedded to each precious turn of phrase, whether or not it adds to characterization or plot; this book is all about l ...more
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"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

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