Author: Betsy Schow
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Synopsis: 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.
Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Annabell Cadiz
Side Note: This book was given by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
REVIEW: This book was FRIGGIN hilarious! Seriously, one of the most fun and entertaining reads I've read this year! Throw in a little romance, some wildly amusing shenanigans, some very cheeky villains and some fantastical magic and you just can't keep yourself from reading. (Or having this deep need to take a trip to Disney World *hehe*)
Dorothea—the main lead and the one who single-handily brings massive destruction to the world of all things fairy tale like thanks to wording a wish wrong—is not exactly the easiest character to fall in like with let alone in love with. She begins the book as a spoiled brat wrapped in angst teenager covered in cabin fever since she’s spent her entire life confined to the castle.
A nasty witch a long time ago placed a dark curse on the women in Dorothea’s family but since magic always comes with loopholes no one could be sure WHICH princess would be affected by the curse hence Dorothea locked up in her castle. Dorothea discovers at the ball that she’s engaged to a Prince she knows nothing about thanks to her parents who want to marry her off for her protection. Desperate to get out of the engagement and be free of the castle once and for all, Dorothea makes a wish on a strange looking orb she’s told will grant her all she wishes. Except the orb is a trick and the wish goes all haywire throwing all fairy tale world into havoc. All stories get turned upside down and inside out.
Dorothea doesn’t exactly make you want to cheer her on as she attempts to fix what she’s done. She complains about EVERYTHING, she’s bratty as all hell, selfish, self-absorbed, full of herself. You want to throttle her around a bit from how crazy she drives you. BUT those flaws are always what eventually draw you into liking Dorothea. She’s far from perfect but that’s what made her such fun to read. She’s got a lot of sass and fiestyness and a wicked sense of humor. She manages to grow throughout the journey of the story as she overcomes obstacles with her band of misfits.
Then there’s Prince Kato. *dreamy sigh* Right from the moment Prince Kato meets Dorothea he holds nothing back. He is straight forward and blunt whether the princess likes it or not. Prince Kato carries just as much sass as Dorothea and he was fantastic! He is strong, determined, loyal, honorable while at the same time being adorable and forgiving and caring. He has to grow throughout the book, too; learn to trust better and how to be a better leader for his own kingdom.
One of the great aspects to the book is the romance. It grows VERY slowly which I really enjoyed. Prince Kato and Dorothea do not like each other at the beginning. They can barely tolerate each other as they start off their journey to set things right within fairy tale world. They have to work hard and overcome many obstacles to learn to trust each other and understand each other and like each other before they discover feelings for each other.
The book is filled with a TON of silly and hilarious fairy tale references. They can border on a bit much at times but majority of the time you'll find yourself laughing out loud and snorting from how amusing the references are.
If you are a fan of fairy tales and retellings and sassy heroines and hot princes then definitely grab a copy of SPELLED! You will have a TON of fun!