Author: Alethea Kontis
Series: Books of Arilland
Date Started: March 26
Date Finished: March 29
Format: Hardcover from local library
Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Because she is such a thing, she has magical properties. Her gift bestowed upon her by her Fairy Godmother Joy is that whatever she writes comes true. It has had harsh implications in the past, so Sunday just writes about her family history. She had six older sisters and three older brothers. Jack Junior died tragically thanks in large part to the royal family of Arilland. Monday was married off to a prince and they never see her anymore. Tuesday died. Wednesday is a little bit strange. Thursday married a pirate king and sends them gifts whenever she can. Friday has a pure heart and a talent with needle and thread and uses it to make clothes for the poor children. Saturday is tomboyish and spends her days with her father and brother in the wood with her axe. Sunday is very lonely, until she meets an enchanted frog who she fasts befriends.
But the irony – of course – is that the frog (Grumble) is actually the crown prince Rumbold. Thanks to one of her Sunday’s kisses, he becomes his human self without any remembrance of his year prior to becoming a frog. All he knows is he is desperately in love with Sunday and needs her to be his at any cost. So, like in most fairy tales, a few balls are held with all the maidens in the kingdom invited. But maybe they aren’t meant to live happily ever after…
As I’ve said in my previous posts, I really like fairy-tale retellings and this book seemed to be right up my alley. But…it wasn’t to be. In three hundred and five pages, Kontis goes from Jack and the Beanstalk, to Cinderella, to the Princess and the Frog, to so many others my head was beginning to spin. If Kontis had only done a few and inconspicuously added in the details into the story I think I would have been impressed. But because of the onslaught my brain was suffering major overload. Not to mention the characters weren’t all that likable to begin with.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. This book tried too hard to incorporate too many fairy tales into the story line that characters were muddled and plot was very clunky. It got to the point where I hoped the characters wouldn’t live happily ever after because they just didn’t appeal to me.
Bookshelf worthy? Pass.