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Unlocking the Spell

(Wide-Awake Princess #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,284 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again! That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help-by finding the evil dwarf w ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so desperate for a cute, romantic comedy that I resorted to middle-grade reading level. And I was NOT disappointed. I've read a few E.D. Baker books, and I just really like not only the way she retells classic fairytales, but also the how she incorporates so many into one book.

I really liked Annie and Liam from book one, and I admit Gwendolyn has really grown on me, all while not losing her same personality. Along the way, we meet a lot of friends from our childhood days, but it was intere
3.5 stars.

Cute and fun sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess.

Annie, Liam, Beldegard, and a stowaway Gwendolyn set off on a quest to find the dwarf that enchanted\cursed Beldegard and get him to break the spell.

Nothing too serious.
Plenty of random fairytales thrown in for a cameo appearance.

The one thing that truly bothered me was Liam. (view spoiler)
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlocking the Spell, by E. D. Baker, is about a girl that magic can’t touch. Annie’s sister Gwendolyn, also known as Sleeping Beauty, was previously awaked by her true love. The only problem is that her true love, Prince Beldegard, was turned into a bear by a dwarf. Annie, Liam (a handsome guard), Beldegard, and Gwendolyn, go out to find this rude dwarf. This book includes amazing adventures, like crossing a rainbow bridge. Annie and her crew, run into many fairy tale characters like the three l ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

I love this series. It is so super cute. Annie is such a great character! She is Gwendolyn’s (Sleeping Beauty) non-magical sister. Annie received a gift from her fairy godmother at birth that would not let any magic affect her, unlike everyone else in the kingdom. Because of this gift, Annie can sense when magic is near. Her power can also cause someone’s magic to falter. I found this to be one of the best parts of the story. I loved the descriptions of characters that suddenly found themselves
Sara I
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had read and really enjoyed the first book in this series, I was really excited when I found out there was a sequel. I was hoping for a great one :)

Annie is the younger sister of sleeping beauty. Who, in this tale, is called Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn fell asleep a couple weeks ago. So Annie, who had the fairy gift of not being affected by magic, went off to search for her sister's true love. She found him after rounding up a bunch of princes to try. Turns out he is an enchanted prince. He's current
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

This is a great sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess. (Which was also a fabulous book, and if you haven't read it, you should!) In this book, Annie & Liam are trying to find the dwarf whose curse turned Princess Gwendolyn's fiance Beldegard into a bear. Beldegard obviously had to come along, but Gwendolyn has decided she isn't going to be left behind. It is quite funny seeing the two sisters' reactions to their various obstacles since Gwendolyn is quite used to being pampe
Not fabulous, but cute. I think I prefer the first book better, but this was a fun follow-up to see how they would break the spell of the Bear Prince. Sometimes the story was a bit too convenient, and other times it felt like unncessary details or story elements were present. But I liked the twist of the different fairy tales, and was happy to see at least one lesser-known fairy tale. The constant reminder of various things was a bit annoying, but I still enjoyed the book. The whole build-up of ...more
Kimberly Fields
This book was fun, but not anything extraordinary. I think I liked The Wide-Awake Princess a little better, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. I did think that Liam's suddenly distancing himself and the reason for that were lame and not very convincing. I also would have liked to see Annie save the day by doing something, rather than by just letting magic bounce off of her. She's a pretty strong protagonist-- she goes on quests and saves the day, but when it comes to the major confrontati ...more
Miss Clark
Not E. D. Baker's most spellbinding narrative (if you will pardon the pun) but still fun and chock full of fairy tale references. It could have been just a tad shorter and a bit more clear in its dialogue, but overall a simple, unassuming fairytale romp through magic kingdoms as Liam, Annie, Gwen and her beloved enchanted prince Belregard go on a quest to return him to his human form.

Sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess.
I can see that a lot of middle-grade and above readers would love this book. It has two very different Princesses and two Princes (one is a bear) as MCs, and they encounter a lot of slightly fractured fairy tales on their journey.

For me it got rather tedious. Basically our foursome goes somewhere and encounters some characters from a fairy tale, then they go somewhere else and encounter some characters from a fairy tale, then they go somewhere else and encounter some characters from a fairy tal
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: happy-ever-after
In the sequel after the spell has been broken on Annie's sister, Gwennie the fairset princess in the kingdom, she is given the task of helping Gwennie's true love break the spell on himself-the one that made him a bear.
However, after setting out with Liam and Bedregard, the quest is hampered a little by the appearance of luxury loving Gwennie. As the sisters repeatedly butt heads and learn more about each other than they have in the last fourteen years, they dodge evil witches, theives and wo
Emma Rose Ribbons
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
God, I wish I could give this five stars but the writing is a bit too simple for me. Such a shame because I loved so many things in this book.

In another fairy tale mashup, Annie goes on a quest to try to break the spell that's turned her sister's intended into a bear. On the way, they meet characters from different stories and find true love.

This novel was a delight and extremely easy to get through. I was eager to see which character we'd meet next and tried to find clues beforehand. Some of th
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Way too much better than the first book
I love the adventure
And the way that the fairy stories included
Nice job
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second book to E.D. Baker's “The Wider-Awake Princess” series. I was forewarned by my older sister that the second book wasn't quite as good as the first, so I went into it with low expectations and because of that, I probably will have enjoyed it more than most.

After waking up from a curse caused sleep, Gwendolyn, Annie's older sister, is determined to lift the curse of her beloved which has caused him to be locked in the form of a bear. And so, she, along with her relucta
I read this book before I read the first in the series-but I still loved it!

Here's how it started:

I got this book as a present for my ninth birthday, and two weeks after that, I was going to move to a brand-new state!

Anyway, my mom's colleague gave me this book to read during the trip, but I finished it WAY before we even started the trip, so of course, I loved the book and re-read it many times. At that time, I thought it was probably my favorite book--ever!

This book is still one of my longtime
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So fun and creative and I loved her little twist on the classic fairytale princess stories. It's fast paced, funny, creative and imaginative. Just how I like a book to be. Annie is such a strong, smart, fun female character. I can't wait until my daughter is older so I can read this series to her.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I must say I did not enjoy this one as much as the first mainly because I find Gwendolyn to be annoying. The main difference was Gwendolyn was awake in this book. There was all the fun glimpses of fairy tales with little twists just like the first book. I would have liked to see Annie and Liam's relationship build more.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story incorporates many fairy tale characters seamlessly. Kids who have grown up hearing these fairy tales will enjoy the twist this story puts on many old favorites as well as the quest that Annie goes on to help her sister's true love.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun, but not nearly as much as book one. There were some good moments, but most of it was just them running around in the woods trying to find an evil dwarf and always arriving just afterward. It got a bit tedious.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, chicklit
A very cute sequel to The Tale of the Wide Awake Princess. I love catching all of the other fairytale characters appearing throughout the story. Like a Disney movie in book format. Mindless fun.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Disney should really make a movie about this series. I would love to see all the characters on a big screen.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Another fun read in the Wide-awake Princess series - so many fairy stories included during their quest to unlock a spell :)
Kayla Loewen
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So entertaining! I love Annie!
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aww too cute! All kinds of happy feelings!!
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was not so bad for a book number two, thanks for reminding me about fairy-tales.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlocking the Spell (Wide Awake Princess, #2) by E.D. Baker is such a fun book to read. I decided to read this book because it is a part of the book series that I am currently reading and they are really fun books to read. E.D. Baker is an amazing author who mainly writes fantasy books for younger audiences, but the older you get the more fun they are to read. You also realise some more mature jokes the E.D. Baker put into the books that you wouldn’t have caught when you were younger.
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Sweet, fun, funny bit of fluff. Pretty simple fairy tale adventure story, with a bit of romance and a good dash of humor.

I liked Gwendolyn and Annie's relationship growing, compared to the first book. Yes, they still have their sisterly squabbles, but they are trying to understand each other more. And even her parents too, becoming more appreciative. No one really has dramatic personality changes, but everyone is growing a bit after the events of the first book. Good progress.

I wasn't crazy abou
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
I remember when I first read the Wide-Awake Princess. I was in High School and had found it on my little sister’s bookshelf. I picked it up, not having anything else to read and knowing that I wanted to read something. I was not aware, however, that the book had a sequel. This book is the sequel to the Wide-Awake Princess and it honestly is necessary to read that one before you start to read this book.

I think this is a good read and is worth the time to read. I know that many people have said t
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 While this book was enjoyable and fun, I didn't like it quite as much as the first one. While I did like Beldegard a lot, especially as a bear, Annie and Liam felt slightly different. Annie just seemed more like a princess this time. Okay, yes, she is a princess but what makes her so great is that she's different from the other princesses. She's brave and can take care of herself. I know how I said I liked it that she was okay with being a damsel sometimes, which is true, I think it's okay f ...more
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E.D. Baker made her international debut in 2002 with The Frog Princess, which was a Texas Lone Star Reading List Book, A Book Sense Children's Pick, a Florida's Sunshine State Readers List pick & a 2006 Sasquatch Book Award nominee. The Frog Princess inspired the Disney's Princess and the Frog!

E. D. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen years in the Town of Tonaw

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