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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  85 reviews
In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young roya ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Greenleaf Book Group
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Nicole Peterson
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA Readers
Recommended to Nicole by: NetGallery
I would like to thank NetGallery and Greenleaf Book Group for making this available for review.

Well, my review is gonna be short and sweet. There was only 40 pages so I really can't go into much without telling the whole story. Let's just suffice it to say that like a fairytale it has it's lesson to be learned. It pretty much boils down to you have to be happy with yourself and can't expect others to do it for you. Once you are content with yourself you will get what you are looking for when the
I really wish I could've liked Kym Petrie's "The Enchanted Truth" a little more than I did. I'm usually all for cute chick-lit, fairy tale stories with a positive message behind them. The story centers around a modern day, spoiled princess who's visited by a fairy godmother. The Princess's expectations are that she wants to find the perfect prince, after having many unsuccessful attempts. Ultimately, the story's morale centers on the Princess finding value within herself, and that's a cute conce ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group for my copy of The Enchanted Truth.

I really really wanted to like this book. I LOVE fairytales, and read almost any that I can get my hands on. And even though this was different from any fairytale that I have read so far, I cannot say that I loved it. The first page started out promising "This book isn't any ordinary "Once Upon a time"." And it was not. The message was clear, and even somewhat refreshing, of a woman finding her own value, instead of
Lisa B.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
My Thoughts

I’m someone who grew up with movies that talked “happily ever after” or “damsel in distress” to be saved by a “knight in shining armor” BS. Boy - were we screwed thinking that was how life would go down. So I am an advocate of anyone who wants to remind young girls/teens/women that we first must develop self-confidence and self reliance before looking to get involved with a significant other.

That was the message in this story. So while that part was good, I’m just not sure the intent
Kathy Davie
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
A modern fairy tale for the contemporary woman. A recipe for true happiness.

The Story
A princess in a fairy tale who encounters all the road blocks and and dead ends of contemporary dating life as she is forced willy-nilly into self-realization.

My Take
This was too funny! Petrie has fun with fairy tale + self-help + selfish royal teen providing practical insight into female expectations.

It was a giggle to read of Her Highness putting "on her big girl bustle" and start taking care of herself. Lear
The Library Mouse's Words on a Page
Do you remember watching your favourite disney princess films? Do you remember that opening voice that sets the scene with "once upon a time..."? That's the voice I had in my head whilst reading this tale. I felt like wrapping myself in a blanket with a bag of popcorn.

The Enchanted Truth could not be better described than what it says on the cover: a modern-day fairy tale for grown up girls. As most grown up girls will know by now happiness, as Kym Petrie describes it, "doesn't come to rescue yo
Clare Cannon
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This little gift book turns conventional tales about a prince coming to sweep a girl off her feet - and bring meaning to her life - upside down. It seeks to wake up such girls to the need of first making something of their own lives before looking for someone else to share them with. This is an admirable aim, especially in the light of romantic lit like Twilight which offers a somewhat pathetic ideal of female helplessness. The dimension this book lacks, however, is an awareness of the personal ...more
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A princess asks her grandmother for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. But things don’t work out like the princess expected. The tale is short, insightful and humorous. It’s inspired by the Frog Prince story. It’s funny at times, and a short read, so it’s over fast. An enjoyable book for everyone who loves fairytales.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick self-help fairy tale about discovering who you are and learning to accept it. It's a cute story with an old-time setting and modern language.

A free copy given in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Elizabeth
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

1.5/5 Stars

What did I just read? Really. What did I just read?

The Enchanted Truth was 40 pages long - I don't know if that's ebook pages or physical copy pages. but it's definitely not enough for a story. This ebook is about a young woman (at least, I think she's young) who is sick of men stomping all over her heart. When her fairy godmother shows up, she expects a prince to come with her. Instead, she gets a toy frog and is told to wait because she's not ready for
Maria Mercedes
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Enchanted Truth
Author: Kym Petrie
Published: Greenleaf Book Group, August 12, 2012
Length: 40 pages, File Size: 176 KB

In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young royal s
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank Net Galley and Greenleaf Book Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Blurb from Goodreads: In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young roya
Amy Joynes
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Review of The Enchanted Truth

Plot: A modern day princess gets more than a little help from her savvy fairy godmother when potential relationships fall apart. In this humorous, insightful tale, the damsel with a tender heart learns to look inside before looking out. And by entrusting her list of what she truly desires to an unlikely confidant, the wise young royal soon discovers a truth she had overlooked: to find the person who could make her life everything she wants it to be, she just needs to
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends, daughters
Recommended to Tami by: daughter
Premise: A new twist on the age old Frog Prince saves the Princess Fairytale

Author Kym Petrie has embraced the idea of a grown up girl's "Fairy Tale". I love it. Her incredible, creative idea manifests into a short story that is embracing, encouraging and refreshing. Disguised as a quick read, it is undeniably the perfect gift, a non preachy "self help" book for women to reinvent the way we think of ourselves and our "ever lasting" dream of a relationship. That being said, I am thrilled that th
Brittany S.
Intial Impressions 1/14/13: 2.5 stars
A copy of this egalley was provided to me courtesy of Netgalley.
The Enchanted Truth was a very quick short story. It encompassed a few fairy tales although its main focus seemed to be The Frog Prince.
How can I review it... It was SO short and I didn't write my review right away so I barely remember any details. It didn't have any specific character names so they blur together. It was more of a modern take on a fairy tale, but I didn't find it that intriguin
Alice in Readerland
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Enchanted Truth may only be 40 pages long, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack a lot in! This “Modern-day Fairy Tale for Grown-up Girls” was utterly charming, hilarious, and sweet. From the beginning introduction (“This isn’t any ordinary “Once upon a time…” I mean, haven’t we all had enough of the garden-variety beautiful princess, horde of elves, glass slipper kind of fable?”) right to the satisfying conclusion, this book had me under it’s spell. When we first meet our Princess, she ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall Rating 2.5 out of 5 Stars

This novella stresses the importance of knowing yourself, knowing what you want (and don’t want), when looking for your Prince Charming.

Here we follow A Princess who has been and is chasing all of the wrong princes – men who do not value her as a woman, who take not only her but other people for granted., men who are selfish and shallow. Ugh, just a whole lot of toads.

One night, our Princess is visited by her Fairy Godmother and given a very special gift with v
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This un-fairy tale made in 2012 is a very sweet reading, which easily brought a smile on my face. Though it is quite short, this novella is full of emotions such as joy, doubt, surprise and relief. If you look for originality, I don't think this story is made for you or will satisfy your need. The ending was pretty obvious to me but it felt good anyway.

The fairy godmother is a strong and reliable character to whom I somehow related. I am in a relationship myself but it is not unhealthy and I do
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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Andrea King
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The novel’s blurb above is just about as long as the story itself. It was short and sweet, with no extraneous plots or characters. There’s a princess who wants a prince. The fairy godmother shows up and gives her a rubber frog with a hole in the belly. She instructs the princess to write every quality she wants in her perfect man and put the piece of paper inside the frog.

The princess and the fairy godmother were the two main characters, and I believe they had the only dialogue. The princess had
Katie G
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
First, I'd like to thank NetGalley for the advanced copy.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this story. The premise is an important one, one that I feel girls and women should read about. There's so much more to being a woman than finding a guy who likes you, and this books demonstrates that. I'm glad of that, as I don’t really feel that there are enough books out there that focus on that lesson.

That said, I wasn't extremely impressed with this story. It was cute at times, but there were other
Lavoie Lianne (The Towering Pile)
The Enchanted Truth is a short gift book, which tells the story of a princess who is always finding herself with the wrong guy. All she sees at first is his good looks and fancy new carriage, and it's only later, when she's having her heart broken, that she realises what a jerk he is. When her fairy godmother shows up, the princess hopes that she will give her the prince of her dreams, but instead, she gives her a toy frog, and instructions to write a list of qualities she's looking for in a man ...more
Catherine B.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Catherine by: netgalley
If I had a dime for every conversation I've had with friends and acquaintances regarding the state of our dating lives- I would be a millionaire... (wouldn't we all?) So when I read this little book I wasn't expecting anything but a girlie story. I underestimated this little purple gift book. I loved it- and really-- as much as I think its the perfect gift for my adolescent daughter and her friends- I think its the perfect present for my forty something girlfriends. I loved the tongue in cheek s ...more
Eustacia Tan
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was subtitled - A Modern Fairy Tale for Grown Up Girls. Of course, I had to try and read it, after all, it's about fairy-tales. This book is really short (less than 50 pages) so I'll sum it up in one sentence for you - it's sweet but kind of insipid.

The whole motive of this story is that we shouldn't depend on a guy to make us happy. It's a moral that I certainly agree with, but I think you could make a more entertaining story by making this more like a chic-lit book than by writing i
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting when I started this small gift book, maybe a few laughs and a cutesy story. I definitely got more than I bargained for. This short story follows a princess who’s life seems to revolve around finding a Prince Charming to call her own. When her fairy godmother shows up, she’s overjoyed that she’ll be able to wish her Prince into reality. However, Godmother had a few things to say and told her t
Gina Hott
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Hott Synopsis
A princess needs her fairy godmother to help her chose the right prince. She expects that she’ll know him as soon as he rides up her drive in his shining armor riding his brilliant white steed.
But real life isn’t like a fairy tale. Sometimes the armor and steed are a disguise.
Maybe, just maybe, if this princess were to take the advice of her fairy godmother she’d know her knight when he arrived.
More importantly – she’d see through the disguises of the others.

Hott Review
I wish I coul
Clare O'Beara
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A modern day fairy tale for grown up girls, is the subtitle. This is a very short book so I can recommend it to anyone who likes a quick read, or who needs a lift of inspiration if their day isn't going well, or who just enjoys fairytales.

A young Princess has been dumped by her supposed Prince Charming and mopes in her room. While the setting is medieval we can easily transpose the characters to modern teenagers. The girl's fairy godmother appears, but on this occasion she gives the girl a sewn
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Though it was a short story I did enjoy it very much. It shows that you can't always wait for prince charming to come find you, you shouldn't have to have someone to complete you, you should complete yourself. You should be happy just the way you are and then your prince will find you. You need to love yourself before anyone else will love you. This story actually inspired me to write a list of what I want in my prince charming. I took some tips from the princess and added them to my list and th ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This charming fairy tale is packed with both wisdom and humor as a broken-hearted princess learns the hard way that most of those Prince Charmings are not all they are cracked up to be. Her clever little Fairy Godmother foregoes the magic, but gives the princess the tools she needs to heal and deal with her life victoriously!

It does take awhile for her to appreciate the gift though. She had been all set to accompany the Fairy Godmother out to the pond to kiss the frog prince, but all the FGM gav
Nick Turner
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: deep, fun, fairytale
Laugh-out-loud funny modern fairy-tale. A Princess is helped by a Fairy Godmother to come to terms with the frustrations of life. There are one or two editing issues in this advance review copy.

The manic need for alliteration can have perverse results. Being unfamiliar with the term "pollywog pal" I ignorantly feared the worst, but it is a dictionary word with an innocent meaning clear in the context. An appealing feature of some e-readers (hence e-books) is the convenience of consulting a built
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