Review: Spelled

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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.

Honestly, I wasn’t all that revved up to start this book. I’ve read a lot of Fairy Tale retellings, and while I won’t say it’s getting old, I think I was starting to think there weren’t many new ways to do it.

Well, Spelled was a pleasant surprise. The book isn’t specific to one Tale, and I think that is definitely running in it’s favor. It’s taking the common themes, tropes, characters, and ideas of Fairy Tales and approaching them in a comedic and adventurous way.

I hated the MC when the book started. She was spoiled, selfish, and materialistic.

I loved the Prince the minute we met him. He told Dorthea exactly what he thought of her, and while a little arrogant, seemed to have  a right to be.

Schow was able to take these two characters, flip their world upside down, and send them into the world with a questionable guide to amazing results. As we get to know Dorthea more we realize a lot of her personality comes from a deep desire to please her distant mother, a general lack of experience in the real world, and find that she is quick to admit her failings and works to take responsibility. Kato likewise softens up a bit. His arrogance is still there, but in a more likable way as he figures out that Dorthea isn’t a stupid as he thinks, and finds that they work well together.

The rest of the cast is filled with villains who rest on a scale from desperate to pure evil, sidekicks who push the main duo to grow within themselves and as a team, and mentors who give just enough advise to guide our characters naturally.

What I went into expecting to be “just something fun,” turned out to be that and more. I will certainly be watching this series for more.

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