Book Review: Spelled

Posted June 16, 2015 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

spelledBook: Spelled

Author: Betsy Schow

Published: June 2, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Summary: 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.

*This was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow. *

My Review: This book really surprised me, in all kinds of ways.

When I saw this cover, I immediately internet-ran to Netgalley and requested it. And oh my god, when I saw I was approved, I was way too happy about it. I just couldn’t wait until I could get home from work and start it up.

give it to me now

We’ll start with the let downs. I’m kind of let down because I feel like this book is aimed at a younger crowd. Well, at least younger than me crowd. I think if I read this two or three years ago, I would have been head over heels. Red ruby heels to be exact. I love my jokes.

I’m going to be blunt for a moment and just throw out there that Dorthea drove me insane during the first half of this book. Seriously, I thought I might go crazy. She was such a brat, so needy and whiney, but I realized toward the end that that was the whole point. She was supposed to grow as a person and princess, and she did, so that really isn’t a bad point for me.

Unlike the princess in The Heir who stayed bratty and annoying as hell. I just don’t have time for those kind of  lead characters.

i dont have time

Although, at some points, the puns and references to our present pop culture did get a bit old, I loved them overall. I especially loved the shout out to One Direction, that was just too good.

The book was just pixing amazing if you ask me. It was a quick, fun read. It was genuinely a fun book and I can’t count how many times I laughed at the jokes in it. Plus, Kato was in the book. ‘Nuff said.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading and happy reading!

Rating: 4 pumpkin cats

Four pumpkin cats