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(The Storymakers #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,581 ratings  ·  1,104 reviews
Somewhere over the rainbow, all spell is about to break loose

Fairy Tale Survival Rule No. 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 perkslike Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans
Paperback, 345 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published April 24th 2015)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

First, I spit out a mouthful of dirt. Then, I screamed at the sky. Thats it! Ive had it! Everything is trying to kill me! All I did was make one stupid wish. Aladdin made three. Im the hero of this story, so wheres my happy ending, already? Its not fair.

Rexi bent over, trying to catch her breath. You know whats not fair? Spending Muse Day as a toad just because the kitchen ran out of frog legs. Or being volunteered for this little journey. So build a bridge, then make like a billy goat and get
I picked this one up while it was a freebie deal on Amazon, so I wasn't expecting much. I try not to grab the freebies, to be honest, because I never seem to find the time to read them. But this one has actually been on my to-read list for a while, and as luck would have it...I was out of comic books. Now, since Dorothy and Oz aren't really my jam, I figured I'd just thumb through this for a few minutes because I was fully expecting it to suck.


It did NOT suck!
And this is from someone who doesn't
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Tamara
Shelves: fantasy, lol
3.5 stars

You atta know this review aint gonna be comprehensive. Its mainly gonna be me mimickin my favorite gal named Hydra in da story and girl goes talkin like dis and all which is totally cool coz I aint really got a latta say. But I aint gonna hide da fact dat I enjoyed diz amusing story of a princess pixin da fairytale world

"...time to use the skills that every princess was born with-begging, pleading and whining..."

...and I aint stoppin her because what da spell?! Shed be causin a
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Rule #1: Every fairy tale comes equipped with a happy ending. You just have to find it.

Dorthea is not your typical princess. Well, okay she kinda is. I mean she lives in the Emerald Castle, which she can never leave until her Prince Charming comes and slays a dragon in her honor due to a spell cast upon it by an evil witch and the only self-defense course she ever took was How to Give an Open-Handed Slap. The difference is,
Robin (Bridge Four)
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of ONCE and Enchanted
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3.75 An ill-worded wish is worse than a curse... Stars

Spelled is pretty funny. I think you might have to be in the right mindset for it since it isnt really a traditional fairytale retelling and most of the time it is just making fun of itself, which I was totally in the mood for but I think had I hit it at a different time I might have thought it was too cheesy. But since I love me some Cheetos and I needed some lighter reading material this
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

"Maybe I wasn't the hero. Maybe I was the villain"

Reading Spelled was such an adventure! This book is definitely a page turner. You never know what or who will you encounter in every page. You never know what your emotions will be either. Betsy Schow keeps surprising me in every page. I believe no one will argue with me if I say that retellings of The Wizard of OZ is all over the YA-sphere. A lot are turned into a way that will make you sob and some are written to creep you out. Its so
Faye, la Patata
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Well, this was a very clever fairytale retelling.

I have a confession to make: I have never read or watched the original "Wizard of Oz". I do know the song sung by Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow (I mean, who doesn't?) and I am familiar with the three principal characters appearance-wise, but aside from these things, I know zilch. Nada. That's why I went into this book with no
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I freaking loved this book! It was outrageous and over-the-top and I loved it!!

First off, I love the cover of the book! I actually did judge a book by it's cover because I never really read totally what it was about, which didn't seem to make any difference because it kept me laughing and that's what I want in a book at times.

Just the commentary alone of Dot, Kato and Rexi are enough to keep you in stitches, but throw in hydra's, monkey's, evil witches,
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
Adorable. Simply adorable!!! I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Ella Enchanted or the Shrek movies. Can't believe it took me so long to get around to this one (I think it's because I'm not usually a Dorothy fan -of the Yellow Brick Road variety). Underrated and more people should discover this gem:D
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Update 31/3/15


*defeated sigh* I guess I'll just go sit in that corner and...wait :'(



Fafa's Book Corner
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mini review:

Loads of fun! Really liked the characters and their interactions with one-another. Especially loved Dorthea's subtle growth.

Highly recommend if you want a fun series!
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Girl of Emerald no man can tame. Burn down the world, consumed by flames.

Spelled was a story of a ticking fire-bomb, who was haunted by a curse after she made a preposterous wish in all her naivety. She only realized that an ill-worded wish is worse than a curse when all spell broke loose and everything dear to her turned to pixie dust in the chaos. Initially, the novel reminded me of the movie Into The Woods and I couldn't find a single shred of encouragement to urge me to read on
Veronica Morfi
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5/5

This was such an enjoyable read. I love Dorthea, the main character and how much she grew from being a spoiled princess to an amazing, kick-ass fire-girl! I also loved the humour in this book. It had me laughing almost every other page. But still it managed to break my heart at times with what was going on. I can't wait for the next one.
"Every fairytale comes equipped with a happy ending. You just have to find it."

Things you need to know before reading this:
- This is a The Wizard of Oz fairytale retelling with a clever twist.

- It can be a bit campy. And cheesy. This is something you guys gonna either love because of cuteness or dislike because of cheesiness. There is no in between.

- It's a fluffy read.

- It has lots and lots of seriously intense puns and parodies. It's a hotspot of corny jokes and I had a field day with it
Mel (Epic Reading)
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-print
I finished reading this book about 3 days ago and I already feel like I've forgotten and don't care about more than half of what happened in it... so Ive dropped from 3 to 2 stars.
It wasn't a total disaster... so let's start with the good and work up to the not so good.

The ok things
1) The absolute best part was not part of the story at all! They are these little snippets of cheeky quotes from well-known fairy tale characters (like Jack or Jill, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, etc.) in
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When I first saw this book I thought that it was going to be better. I like retellings but I didn't like this one that much. Dorthea, who is supposed to be Dorothy, seemed to be very annoying to me. I know that that is part of her changing for the better through out the book, but she still seemed kind of weak at the end. I think that it would have been better if she had been a stronger character. There wasn't much romance between Kato and her and that was a bit of a let down. Kato, I thought was ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

When I saw the cover of this novel I knew I had to read it. When I found out it was a fairytale retelling of the Wizard of Oz, I had to read it even faster. Unfortunately, this book started out strong only to fizzle and lose its spark completely. The author is very character oriented to the point where the description of the land and whats happening gets muddled and I often got confused. Whatsmore, I didn't feel
High Lady of The Night Court
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
I absolutely LOVED this book. The whole fairy tale like concept was done very well. I just loved the little quotes/advice/rules/statements in the beginning of the chapter. Most of them were hilarious and related to their respective stories.
The plot was pretty straight forward but it still grabbed my attention and the overall story was great. Dorthea is kinda shallow in the beginning and I would have generally hated reading from even a little shallow person's perspective- but this was somehow
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Spelled was one of my Waiting on Wednesday books a few months ago. As soon as I saw that fun cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to check this book out. I'm so grateful I did because Spelled turned out to be one fun and hilarious read, perfect for readers looking for a lighter more humorous fantasy novel.

Dorthea, the protagonist of Spelled, a princess of Emerald, was an absolute riot. She was one spunky heroine who had me giggling like crazy throughout the book. I loved how this girl
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 incredible stars
It is really hard to describe this book. This is really incredible book to read. I wasn't sure what to except of Betsy Schow because I have never read any of her books before but after reading this book I do not regret reading this book one bit. I loved everything about this book from the beginning to the end form the setting, the storyline, to the characters and the writing of the whole book. I also like the magic part of the whole book and everything. I thought the magic part
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairytale lovers
Somewhere over the rainbow . . . Dorthea brought hell to the kingdom.

No, not that side. The other side.

In Emerald; where one unlucky Princess of the many generations inhabiting the Emerald Palace will be cursed.

The lucky winner is Dorthea!

Oh man, she is a piece of work. She is selfish, shallow, haughty, childish, spoiled, and useless. She is an embarrassment to her kingdom and doesnt deserve to be a princess. To put it in one word, shes a bitch.

Even when everyone is hexed and there is chaos in
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
This review was originally posted on Such a Novel Idea.

I received a copy of this book via Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

THIS IS THE WIZARD OF OZ RETELLING IVE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL MY LIFE. Seriously, I shouted that in all caps because I actually shouted that in my head when I hit the final page of the book. Wizard of Oz is my absolute favorite classic fairy tale and I will read just about any retelling. And Ive had some Ive like and
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Remember all of those fairytales you heard when you were younger? How about the Wizard of Oz? Welcome to a twisted tale where everyone from frogs to wizards, witches and beast kings make a at least a brief appearance! Spelled by Betsy Schow is going to take every single thing you thought you knew about fantasy, princesses and curses and run them through a kaleidoscope so everything takes on a surreal appearance and kind of jumble into each other on one spoiled princess journey to learn how to ...more
One childish wish, that is all it took to throw the entire balance of Dortheas world upside downand not in a good way. Her wish has given evil the upper hand and even worse Dorthea is cursed with the doom of her world.

This is a very unusual but entertaining take on a twisted fairy tale. Schow brings highly atypical fairy tale characters, Dorthea being case and point. She is the princess, but she is also cursed and has the pension for evil. Fairy princess or evil villian, only she can decide.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Seriously, I almost peed my pants cracking up at this one. What. The. Spell. I cant even. I was pixed off that I finished it in one night.

Some of my favorite things from the book:
Its like that bedtime story If You Give A Princess Some Tea, Shell Ask For A Cookie to Go With It'
The first few bars from Wrong Directions hit song, My Spells What Makes You Beautiful, came on from somewhere close by.

Basically, the puns and plays on real life and fairytales. Also, not only does Dorthea have a freaking
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this book. Dorthea (or Dot as Kato liked to call her) was a rich spoiled princess who didn't get insta-love and had to actually deal with the consequences of her actions. I also liked that she didn't immediately change into a different person in one chapter, or as mentioned above Kato didn't love her on site regardless of all her obvious flaws. I also liked the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter such as Chapter 11

"The Rule of Diplomacy: A royal should never get
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I liked this book quite a bit. Fairytale retellings are fun and I liked the spin on this one. The idea that there are storymakers who write the characters lives and make sure the good guy wins is a different concept. Dorthea was shallow and selfish at the beginning, a spoiled princess who believed she deserved everything and didn't have to work for it. Her journey through the book was fun to watch. I liked Kato, even though he was a little rough at the beginning. Rexi was irritating the entire ...more
I've read my fair share of fairytale retelling but I don't think I've read anything that came close to making me laugh.out.loud the way this book did. The sheer wit, banter, sarcasm and humor bouncing off these pages was so enjoyable and compelling I just couldn't seem to get enough. But it's not just the laughs that won me over, this book is chalked full of fast paced action and non-stop adventure. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough to see what wickedly strange thing would happen next. So ...more
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dorthea is a teenage princess who happens to be the great-great-oh so great descendant of Dorthy. Ya know, Dorthy from the original Wizard of Oz that we know, however it's a bit different in this story. This world revolves around the belief that the world is a storybook and the "Creators" are the authors of their fate. Everything has rules and procedures, princesses get their happy endings. Nothing bad is suppose to happen to said Princesses because that's not how the story works.

Things happen,
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the 10th Kingdom series

I should've have read this story sooner since I had tons of fun reading it! :D
It has a snotty/privileged heroine who will be confronted throughout the entire book with the consequences of one reckless wish... and one very cumbersome curse.
Luckily for her she will have the aid of two unlikely allies. Honestly at the beginning, they pretty much hate each other guts. So imagine the fun we have reading that! ;)
The writing is filled _ and fueled _ with sarcasm and wit; two of my favorite things.
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