Spelled by Betsy Schow 5 out of 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. I LOVED this book. Spelled was truly enchanting. This story was just so much fun, from the hilarious play on words, to the completely fresh and brilliant take on beloved fairytales. I really can’t think of one thing that I didn’t enjoy about this story. The characters were flawed but compelling, you couldn’t help but root for them and thoroughly enjoy their journey. I really like seeing character growth throughout a story, and there was plenty of that in this one.

Dorothea was a typical spoiled princess at the beginning of the story, but there is nothing like a wish gone awry leading to a dangerous quest to fix everything to humble a girl.

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I enjoyed watching Dorothea grow, and getting to see a side of her that wasn’t just obsessed with the latest designer gowns and shoes. Underneath the surface Dorothea was actually pretty awesome. She had a kind heart and was willing to do whatever it took to help her friends and family.

And what’s a quest without some heroic sidekicks? Well maybe heroic is a tad of an overstatement here, more like two disgruntled sidekicks with loads of gusto. Prince Kato was great! I’m not even sure whether I preferred him in his pre-wish human form or his post-wish Chimera form. I’m really leaning towards the Chimera, if I’m being completely honest.


“He tilted his head and narrowed his eyes before plopping down in a big heap. On my lap. “Ahh!” I tried to use his horns to pick his head up, but even that part of him weighed a ton. “What are you doing? Did you just die?” “No.” he growled and turned his face up, pursing his lips in total seriousness. “I’ve recently been advised that you might find the cute and fuzzy approach much less threatening. Supposedly it’s also more endearing.” “I hate to tell you, but that Jolly Roger has sailed, sunk, and been eaten by ticking crocodiles.” I tried to stifle a laugh, but it was too large to contain. Kato really had zero skill at manipulation, but at least he was honest.” 

Also along for the ride was Rexi, a not so happy to be there servant of Dorotheas that was a constant ray of sarcastic sunshine throughout the entire story. She never skirted around her disdain of Dorothea and pretty much everyone in general, but instead embraced it fully with quick witted, snarky quips. So of course I enjoyed her immensely!

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I really liked the compilation of so many different fairytale creatures and characters. It was neat to see them all living in one magical place with their higher power being the storymakers. It ended up raising a some great obstacles and questions for our heroine, most importantly being rather to blindly leave everything up to fate, or destiny, or can you be the master of your own happily ever after?

   The last thing I have to bring up is I thought the little blurbs at the beginning of each chapter were absolutely brilliant!!! They ranged from tips from Orbes Magical Business Magazine, rules from the Definitive Fairytale Survival Guide, to quotes from well known princesses, princes and villians alike. And they all brought a smile to my face or made my laugh out loud each time I read one!

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Fans of shows like Once Upon a Time, or people who enjoy fairytale retellings with exciting new twists and takes on the original stories are bound to love Spelled. But really anyone who enjoys adventure and humor in their stories will surely find themselves smitten with this one as well. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author in the future!

I received an ARC of this book from SOURCEBOOKS Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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