Cursed and In Heels, She's Ready To Run - Spelled ( ARC review)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paper Bindings - Spelled by Betsy Schow
Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Release Date: June 2nd 2015

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.”

My Review

Despite not being a fan of The Wizard of Oz (Seriously, don't judge!) I somehow keep finding the stories some how or another connected to the tale. When I first saw Spelled on goodreads, I knew I wanted to read it. "Hans Christian Louboutin heels" and "Glenda Original ball gown," the blurb made the book sound like a fun story in the same category as Ella Enchanted with it's modern-fairy tale mash up.

Spelled followed princess Dorthea Emerald. Like any good fairy tale princess, she had her very own curse.
"...except every heroine has her Achielle's Curse: apples for Snow White, spinning wheel for Sleeping Beauty, and fire fore the House of Emerald."
To keep the world from being destroy by an Emerald girl and fulfilling the curse, like all women in her family before her, Dorthea was not allowed to leaver the palace grounds. Ever.  From the first page you can really feel her desperation for adventure. Experiencing life was a lot different than just hearing about it or not even being aware of things in the first place. Add in the fact she was an only child, a princess, and spoiled rotten by her parents, it was no wonder that Prince Kato was unimpressed at first meeting.

To call her a selfish, spoiled brat would be an understatement. I've never disliked and identified with the same character so much. And yet, Dorthea wasn't that bad of a person. She just needed to see the world around her for what it truly was. I loved watching her grow and start thinking about others first; watching her grow from a princess into a true queen.

Paper Bindings - Spelled by Betsy Schow

I can't blame her for making the rash wish she did. Her mother was too busy to spend time with her, she had a bad case of cabin fever and adventure envy, and finding out you were suddenly engaged to a gentleman who wanted nothing to do with you would cause any girl to lash out. 

But the saying "careful what you wish for" was something she should have listened to better. (How many times do you hear people say 'I wish' and then say something you know they truly do not want to happen? Everyone does this.)

"An ill-worded wish is worse than a curse." (12%)

I really liked Kato. He was an ass and had an attitude when we first met him, but I'd be pissy too if I was to be saddled with little miss woe-is-me too. Even if he did face some backlash after her ill-timed wish and even if he didn't need her for political reasons, he could have left her at any point in time. But he never did. He stuck by her side. I really loved getting to know the guy underneath the gruff exterior.

Dorthea did not have a clue about how the real world worked, she lacked practical life experience. Kato and Rexi, a thieving serving girl from the palace, were kind of caught up with Dorthea as the grey witch attacked and sent them scattering. The three were all unwilling allies, so it was great fun watching all their misadventures as the trio drew closer and closer together. 

As we traveled across their world, we encountered different places and characters from different fairy tales: Sherwood Forest, Little Red Riding Hood references. It was a whole lot of fun and I kept trying to guess where the story would take us next. 

I never realized until I was about 75% through the book that it was shaping up to be a series. It was not a bad thing, because I think it could be a fun series, but I wasn't expecting to start another series when I first started the book. 

Words To Live By

"All the other princesses were too busy, wrapped up in their own adventures, to distract me from my lack of them." (2%)
"True love is a lot like those lilies you favor. At first glance, it can be prickly and ugly. But with time and care, a precious blossom can grow." (8%)
"Hope is like a balloon. It seems like it swells up just so someone else can pop it in your face." (73%)


If you are looking for a cute, fun tale full of misadventures and a bickering trio who never failed to entertain, then I recommend Spelled to you.

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