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Author: Betsy Schow
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 06/02/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: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.
I love reading fairy tales. But this one? Not so much. We’re talking could-not-finish shelf not so much. It’s rare that I cannot finish a book, even when I don’t like it. But honestly – Spelled is not the kind of fairy tale I like.
To me, Spelled is like a mash-up of all the fairy tales plus The Wizard of Oz and it just doesn’t sit well with me. Cinderella, Belle (though they call her Beauty), Snow White, and Rapunzel all get a mention… while the main character is a princess in the Emerald Palace.
Like I said, I love reading fairy tales and I’ve even read some re-takes on traditional fairy tales and loved them. But this one I just can’t deal with. The main character is self-centered and a royal pain in the rear. The supporting characters are obnoxious in their own rights and honestly, if I can’t find a character to love, I just can’t read the book.
This book gets one star from me because I just can’t find anything I like about the book – except the cover.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.