Spelled (Storymakers Series #1)

Spelled (Storymakers Series #1)

by Betsy Schow

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ISBN-13: 9781492608714
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Storymakers Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 61,038
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Betsy Schow is the author of the memoir Finished Being Fat, and has been featured on The Today Show and in The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Utah, but travels the country with Color Me Rad 5k, and partners with non-profits to teach kids creative thinking and how to reach their goals. Visit her at betsyschow.com

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"Rule #17: To rescue a princess from magical imprisonment, a handsome prince must first slay the dragon. If one is not available, a large iguana will do in a pinch."

-Definitive Fairy-Tale Survival Guide, Volume 1

1

Dragon Slaying for Dummies

"Stupid princes," I muttered as I stalked down the green-flecked quartz-and-marble hallway. "Why is it that when I don't want them, they're practically popping out of the closets? But the one time, the one time, I actually need a knight in overpriced armor, they're nowhere to be found?"

I checked the guidebook in my hand one last time, to make sure I hadn't missed anything. My plan was perfect-so brilliant, in fact, that I was amazed none of my other ancestors had thought of it. The fact that it took me seventeen years to come up with it was moot. For once, I was grateful that the world of fairy tales and magic adhered to such strict rules. Still, the entire thing hinged on finding a single prince willing to help me end my lifetime of house arrest in the Emerald Palace.

So far, I'd searched through the north and west towers, the potions pantry, the arcane arcade, and the armory. Next, I'd try the main floor. On my way down the curved staircase, I had a perfect view of the one and only entrance to the palace. The double doors were made of ironwood cut from Sherwood Forest and large enough to accommodate visiting giants. Sunlight filtered through the ornate and impenetrable stained-glass side panels, casting a shimmery green-and-gold hue on my skin.

Before I reached the bottom step, the doors slid open with a whoosh. For a minute I hoped the new arrival was one of the palace's visiting princes. Unfortunately, it was just UPS (United Pegasus Service). Even worse, since I hadn't ordered anything for a few days, the delivery wasn't for me.

I waved one of the postal brownies over. "What's in the crate?"

He gave a sharp whistle, and the workers set down the box-with the arrow saying "this side up" pointing to the ground. To tell the truth, I didn't care about the contents. But it kept them busy while the double doors remained wide open. Maybe I wouldn't need a prince after all.

While the brownies unpacked, I slipped past them and headed to the one and only palace exit. As soon as I was within five feet of it, the doors slid closed with a clap.

That's the problem with automagic doors: they knew who to let in and who not to let out.

"Sign here please." The boss brownie either didn't notice or care about my experiment with the door. Without looking at me, he held out a quill and a parchment saying I'd received the goods undamaged, though I had no clue what it was to start with-some sort of ornate gold stand with filigree chains coming out of the center. About a dozen little glass balls hung at the end of the chains. Those seemed to be intact, so I signed and shooed the brownies to the ballroom.

Even from a room away, I could hear Queen Em-my mother-directing the servants in their preparations for tonight's holiday festivities. She commanded her battalion of party planners like a general on the battlefield, even setting up a triage corner to treat the wounded. Imagine the number of paper cuts from folding thousands of star ornaments to hang on the Story Spruce.

Year after year, I took part in the Muse Day tradition just like everybody else; I wrote my wishes on the foil stars, hoping the Storymakers above would hear my prayers and make them come true. It hadn't happened yet. Obviously as a princess, I would get my happy ending, but the Makers were taking their sweet time getting around to it, and I was tired of waiting.

Movement in the courtyard caught my eye. Still on the prince hunt, I went over to investigate, taking great pains to stay out of view of my mother. A man stood on a ladder, waving a net frantically back and forth. Though he had a bit of a tummy that hung over his belt, he used to be a handsome prince. Now he was just my father, King Henry.

"What in Grimm's name are you doing, Dad?" I hurried over to stabilize the ladder as it started tipping over.

"Language, pum'kin," he chided and wobbled down the ladder. "And a Merry Muse Day to you too. Your mother sent me to gather will-o'-the-wisps for the new chandelier. I'd forgotten how tricky they were to hunt. I believe I prefer trolls."

So that's what that package was; the globes were to contain the will-o'-the-wisps' light while the chains were to keep them from getting loose. It was a smart idea after last year's glowworm fiasco. Some of my heels still had glow-gook on the bottoms.

Hummingbeeswax candles would be easier, except every heroine has her Achilles' curse: apples for Snow White, spinning wheels for Sleeping Beauty, and fire for the House of Emerald.

Our family became spelled after my ancestor pixed off two evil witch sisters. The witches' curse was supposed to doom my great-great-great grandmother to turn evil and torch the world-except the spell wasn't worded right. It didn't specify which Emerald princess. So ever since, all the girls in the Emerald family have been stuck inside, since there's no way to know what generation will inherit the curse.

Until we know for sure who the unlucky royal is, candles, lava lanterns, and anything with a flame is banned to keep the palace safe. As for the outside world...well, if you aren't allowed out, you don't have to worry about it. Completely lame that I have to suffer because one princess couldn't mind her own glammed business.

Well, suffered-past tense-if everything goes as planned. "Father, any chance you've seen a prince lying about? I seem to have misplaced them all."

"Well, which one are you looking for? Your date to the ball, perhaps?" He leaned in close and whispered conspiratorially, "I bet it's Hudson, right?"

Hudson was the half-giant prince and Dad's favorite of all the suitors he and Mother recently infested the palace with. Dad probably figured Hudson would make a very good hunting companion, given he was fierce looking and around the size of a boulder. Unfortunately, he also had the IQ of granite.

With a dreamy look, Father put a hand around my shoulder. "Ahhh, I remember when your mother finally accepted my suit. It took more time and patience than getting Cerberus to fetch. That's the thing about love: the best kind isn't easy or instant, and you often get roughed up a bit on the way." He winked at me. "But I suppose you know a thing or two about love yourself now."

"What in spell are you talking about?" I sighed, tired of the little talks, not to mention the entire game of thrones and accompanying prince parade. "I'd rather date Quasimodo than any of those royal rejects. I just need one of them for a little project I'm working on."

Father exhaled heavily and crossed his arms. "I'm guessing I don't want to know. That way I can't get yelled at by your mother for not stopping you."

I smiled and tapped my nose, indicating he was right. Neither of us had illusions about who wore the biggest crown in the family.

"I think I saw Sterling earlier in the hall of mirrors," Father said and climbed back onto the ladder.

I groaned internally because, one, I'd missed such an obvious spot-Sterling was hardly ever without his entourage of stylists and personal mirror holders-and two, finding him meant I had to deal with his ego, which was so large I was constantly amazed he didn't pop his armor wide open.

"Thanks," I said, heading off for the south tower.

"Dorthea," my father called after me. "Try to remember it's a holiday and have a little fun tonight with your friends."

"Sure." I waved, not bothering to paste on a fake smile since he couldn't see me. Though all the major fairy-tale families were coming tonight, I wouldn't exactly call any of them friends. Aside from the once-a-year gathering, I never spoke to any of them, except the occasional chat on Flitter with Cinderella, since we shared a love of designer footwear. All the other princesses were too busy, wrapped up in their own adventures to distract me from my lack of them.

I found Sterling exactly where Dad said he'd be, flexing his muscles and making duck lips at one of his fifty reflections.

"Princess, you look as stunning as ever. To what do I owe this immense pleasure?" He gave a half bow, and I couldn't help but notice that his eyes were still darting to his own reflection. He was generically dashing but unremarkable from a lineup of a dozen other princes.

Still, he fit the bill: royal and handsome-and boy, did he know it-with a sword hanging from a sheath around his waist.

"I have something that I desperately need help with. I would be ever so grateful if you would loan me the services of your sword arm." I purposefully made the request formal, so he would be less likely to refuse.

"Of course, dearest of my heart. What manly task may I perform for you?"

"If you care for me at all, you'll slay a dragon."

"Such a simple task to prove my devotion? For you, I will gladly take up this quest. Why, by the age of ten, I had already felled my first ogre."

I spun around on my satin ballet flats and started walking, so Sterling wouldn't see me gagging as he recounted his knightly résumé for the rest of the trip through the tower's maze of spiral staircases until we reached our destination.

"Here we are. Go get 'em." I gave Sterling a little push toward the waist-high mother-of-pearl column situated in the alcove between the grand staircase and the entrance.

"That?" he asked incredulously, pointing the tip of his sword at the object resting on the column.

That was a very detailed dragon sculpture, carved painstakingly out of the highest quality emerald. The statuette was approximately eighteen crown lengths across and as high as my arm from elbow to fingertip.

"Breaking an antique is hardly a fitting feat for a knight such as I." He went over and poked the emerald dragon with his finger. "Don't you have anything bigger? Perhaps something along the lines of a great beast?"

I shook my head fervently. "Nope, it has to be this." Though it wasn't exactly what the guidebook intended, I didn't even have access to the village pet shoppe, so the dragon work of art would have to do.

Sterling sighed. "As my lady wishes." Hoisting his broad sword into the air, he sliced down, hitting the statue with a great reverberating crack. The noise filled the palace, much louder than it should have for the small chunk of glittering green that broke off from the dragon's spine.

The statue shuddered, lifted its head, and roared.

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Spelled 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever anyone asks me "What is your favorite book?" I always reply with "Spelled, of course". I have always enjoyed the retelling of fairy tales but this book is by far the best. I read it over a family vacation in the car and finished it within two days. The characters are very intriguing and could entertain the youngest of readers. I cannot want until the sequel. The author is very loving to her fans. Once I had finished the book, I emailed her about how much I loved it thinking she wouldn't respond. About a week or so later she emailed me back saying how much she appreciated my love of the book, encouraged me to continue on with my own writing, and even told me a teeny bit about the next book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and very imaginative. The beginning was a little slow but when you get into the good parts it goes by fast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read very much. Funny, entertaining and definitely drawing. Cant wait for the next one!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Spelled is like Percy Jackson meets Once Upon a Time, with the base story being that of Dorthea, a princess in the Emerald kindgom and a lot of elements of the Wizard of Oz, but having many other fairytales thrown in. To avoid an arranged marriage, Dorthea makes a wish that breaks the rules of story and magic, and puts her world in chaos. To undo it, she has to go with her unwanted fiance (who has been spelled into a chimaera), and a kitchen girl to get over a rainbow and break the spell. Along the way, she is being chased by the Gray Witch, comes across a Black Crow witch who loves hot pink, fights off some demon puppies, constantly is kidnapped, and drugged, and finally has to decide if she will let the power inside her dictate her life. The story has a lot of parts to get into her, so I'll just leave it at the fact that it is entertaining for the most part, with constant puns about fairytale things, like UPS being United Pegasus Services, there being a munchkin band called The Wrong Direction, and chapters being preceded by 'excerpts' from the memoirs/interviews of various fairytale characters, as well as a Fairytale Survival Guide. It plays with many tropes, but displays others, and has a pact-faced adventure theme to it. However, a lot of the story parts also seem coincidental or just there for the humor. As a middle grade novel, this works pretty well, but on a YA level, it feels like there is not enough. Character development is barely given much concern and the romance also feels underdeveloped. There are also some things rushed in the ending, especially concerning the epilogue because I refuse to believe they forgot such a major part of their quest! Overall, an entertaining start to the series, and a good spin on the fairytale retelling genre, but it had the potential to be much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author...loved the snarky..funny ..story...
AreYouStillReading More than 1 year ago
"Rule #43: Beware of strangers bearing gifts- especially little old ladies and cute kids." -Definitive Fairy-Tale Survival Guide, Volume 1 Have you ever read a book that looks like a fun read but will probably not turn into anything special? Have you ever been completely wrong about that assumption and that book turns into a new favorite? That is what happened to me with Spelled by Betsy Schow. Spelled is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz that takes elements and characters from the original text and transforms them into a princess story that connects all fairy tales and legends into one world. You follow Dorthea, the Princess of Emerald, who longs to leave the palace that she has never left because of a curse that was placed on the women in her family. At a ball, the queen informs Dorthea that she is betrothed to a prince she does not like. In a fit of anger, Dorthea makes an wish that changes everything about their world. While Spelled is different than the source material, Schow littered her story with Easter Eggs of the original story as well as made pun references to pop culture and other fairy tales. The result is a entertaining story that is familiar but different at the same time. Personally, I enjoy the quotes at the beginning of each chapter that are taken from books in the world of Story. It makes the story seem broader and that other series could take place in the same world. If this book is an example the characters that could be in this world, I am up for a spin off series. Dorthea is not the strongest of heroines. She is spoiled and whiny yet self aware at times. I enjoyed seeing her grow and learn from her experiences and question if she was the hero or a villain. I feel similarly to Kato, who is rough at first but becomes soft and charming as the story proceeds. Also, their romance is cute, fluffy and hilarious, which I always love. I will admit that this story is not for everyone. Dorthea is very spoiled at the beginning. The constant puns might not be funny to everyone and the story can be cheesy at points. However, I feel like that is part of the charm of Spelled. I love seeing the imperfect Dorthea navigate a world that she has only seen from Story media. I want her to make mistakes and to fall in love. That is what makes this story special. Since I have already read Wanted, I really cannot wait until the release of Banished. The preview I read is killing me. I am expecting very good things from the end of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you (like me) who like the story behind the story, or the parts left out of the fairy tails, or a little spin to another version of what you already know, this book is for you. It still has a happy ever after too! Just a bit from the norm..... Enjoy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that it broke my heart when I reached the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but my mom got it for me and i gave it a try, well worth it. I really enjoyed dorthea's journey from snobby to hero, and her flaming hair. Kato was also a enjoyable character, and his kingdom was quite diffrent and amazing. I also liked that it was similar to the wizard of oz, bit followed it's own path. A very good book overall. Warning, the Hydra is creepy!
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Spelled is certainly one of the more innovative fairytale retellings I've read, and it's a quirky read that I think would be particularly enjoyable for younger readers who like fun, fantasy books. As for me, this was one of my less enjoyable reads lately because of what I personally look for in a story; a more complex plot, and a different sense of humour. Reasons to Read: 1. A creative retelling: While Spelled has a number of obvious nods to The Wizard of Oz, it doesn't closely follow the story and Betsy Schow relies on her own imagination to create a whole new story. It's a rather loosely inspired retelling, but I think that's something that clearly works in the book's favour since it felt like a completely new story. And interestingly, Spelled also includes references to many other familiar fairytales. The basic setting is a fairytale world where all of our favourite stories co-exist. And while in some ways this was a fun addition, I wasn't much of a fan of the ways it was incorporated with campy allusions to pop culture; mentions of brands like Hans Christian Louboutin shoes, for example. It's a consistent theme throughout the book, and for those that like these types of jokes, you'll love it. But if you're like me, it detracted from the story since that just isn't my sense of humour and I rolled my eyes at it more often than not. The main character, Dorthea, definitely felt like a younger character to me as she was rather naive and immature. And that's fine - not all characters need to be grown up and mature! There's a clear sense of strong development as she learns important life lessons in the story. But the risk is that a character like this can also grate on the reader, as Dorthea did for me. All in all, Spelled was not the right book for me. I think I've just read too many other retellings and tend to prefer the darker, grittier types. And I can see how this would work for many other readers who appreciate this type of storytelling. ARC received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation was received.
FishThatReads More than 1 year ago
For the first 125 pages, I really wanted to DNF this book, I even complained about it to my non-reading friends. The main character was extremely naive, her helper was more of a pain in the bottom than helping and the furry thing that followed them was a nuisance. The story was very cheesy and childish, the whole plot line was silly and I cant believe Dorthea did such a thing and all that happened. Then there were the pop culture/language references in this book, like Wrong Direction's "My Spell's What Makes You Beautiful" for One Direction's "That's what makes you beautiful", and Pix for well, sh*t. I couldn't stand it. But the book had a lot of hype on NetGalley, you can really only tell by how many likes the cover had (I wish they could show how many requests were made too). That was my number one reason for requesting the book. That was also my number one reason for wanting to give the title more of a chance by saying "I'll give it 50 more pages then I can drop it." After that the book got a lot better, (view spoiler) and I wanted to finish the book. Betsy Schow wrote really well, even when I hated reading it, I loved how she wrote beautifully in a voice that definitely suited the main character, Dorthea. I really enjoyed the writing. Schow wrote one hell of a retelling that was so genius, so one of a kind. She created this whole world with all the fairy tales we know with more that Schow created. The world building in this story is definitely on point. One thing that annoyed me about the plot of this retelling, is that it left me with a lot of questions, especially around the wedding. So many questions here. Otherwise the plot was really fine, I couldn't predict anything. It was full of plot twists that leave you surprised and wanting to read more. The only predictable ones were the ones that played a card from the traditional Dorothy in Oz tale, e.g. the Poppies. Through the book Dorthea (whom while writing this review I keep on writing my name, Dorotea,) really develops. She starts as a naive, shoe loving, spoiled and doing without thinking princess into a determined, strong, still shoe loving heroine. Kato grows out of the dirty, sharp tounged guy-who-my-parents-are-making-me-marry prince, into a caring, save-the-world-before-myself love interest who even I would want to marry, fur ball and all. In conclusion, if you enjoy fairy tale retellings with a lot of fantasy, and you also read with a child in your heart then this book is perfect for you. The sequel is on my TBR, but is not one I will be queuing up at the bookstore for.
NookBookMommy More than 1 year ago
I really was surprised by this book. I love twists on fairy tales, so this was up my alley. I wouldn't exactly call it whimsy, though. There are some deep themes in it such as: kindness trumps evil and people aren't always what they seem. I really enjoyed Dot as a female character! She was feminine, a little spoiled, and was able to be strong and stick to her true personality. I loved that she was the rescuer as well. She also was not in a dumb love triangle, which is see all too often these days. It's a nice, refreshing read.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this entertaining twisted fairy tale to anyone who enjoys their fantasy with a plethora of whimsicality, satire and snarky levity. An ill-worded wish is worse than a curse... SPELLED by Betsy Schow is an enchanting,farcical YA fractured fairy tale. It is the story of Dorthea, the Crown Princess of Emerald, and Prince Kato. As the story opens, we learn that the heroine is magically imprisoned at her castle and not allowed to be near flames because of a curse: Our family became spelled after my ancestor pixed off two evil witch sisters. The witches’ curse was supposed to doom my great- great- great grandmother to turn evil and torch the world— except the spell wasn’t worded right. It didn’t spec-ify which Emerald princess. So ever since, all the girls in the Emerald family have been stuck inside, since there’s no way to know what generation will inherit the curse. Our heroine is a spoiled brat. She has money, clothes and servants. She spends her days attempting to break the wards holding her captive and dismissing her royal suitors. Being shut in doesn't stop Dorthea from socializing with other fairy tale royalty. Though all the major fairy tale families were coming tonight, I wouldn't exactly call any of them friends. Aside from the once-a-year gathering, I never spoke to any of them, except the occasional chat on Flitter with Cinderella, since we shared a love of designer footwear. Nor does it keep her from shopping at her favorite stores: the Castle Shopping Network and Blooming Dales. When her parents decree that she is to marry Prince Kato, Dorthea is rebellious to say the least. No way. I would rather lick a toad. I would let a wicked old hag bake me into gingerbread before I married this son of a bas-ilisk who had the gall to look amused while I hyperventilated. She throws a fit and utters a selfish, foolish wish that backfires and turns the entire fairy tale realm topsy turvy giving evil the upper hand and causing her parents to disappear. In Dorthea's words: "All spell broke loose." Evidence of the turmoil is all around. The wicked witch has taken up residence at Emerald and the Beast is now wearing Beauty's dress! A ferocious growl drew my gaze to the back of the room, where a hairy beast wore a yellow ball gown. I tried to block out the memory of Beauty in that dress earlier this evening. So... Dorthea, Prince Kato, who has been turned into a small, furry dragonish creature, and a reluctant servant embark on a quest seeking to reverse Dorthea's wish. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
It is hard to describe this novel. At times it can be rather strange and weird, making you wonder how Betsy Schow ever came up with that part of the story. Other parts were full of magic and wonder. Over all, Spelled is creative, innovative, and a fantastic story. One can only wonder how Betsy Schow was able to come up with this story. Spelled is meant to be her retelling of Dorthy and her adventures in the Wizard of Oz. However, at times it felt much more like the story was inspired by L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz more than anything. Either way you view this book and its relationship with the original Wizard of Oz story, you will not be disappointed. The story revolves around Princess Dorthea. A stuck up self involved princess who has never been allowed outside of her castle because of a family curse. Then one night she receives a wishing star from a fairy godmother in training. That same night she discovers she has been betrothed to Prince Kato. Prince Kato is not very princely looking. He is dirty and has an attitude that Princess Dorthea finds repulsive. Princess Dorthea, who hates being told what to do, gets angry at this prospect and makes her wish on her wishing star. The wish goes haywire and destroys the rules of fairy tales. Everything is turned upside down and magic doesn't work right. Worst of all, the Wicked Witch Griz appears and has the desire to take over and to kill Princess Dorthea. Princess Dorthea ends up going on a wild adventure. Unfortunately for her she gets stuck with Prince Kato and Rexi - a very snarky handmaiden that likes to take anything not glued down. The three have to learn to get a long with one another while trying to figure out how to undo Princess Dorthea's wish. I thought that the characters of this story were very well done. I had no trouble imagining them as I read the story. My favorite character was Prince Kato. I don't really know what it was about him. If it was his sarcastic attitude or what, but I really enjoyed him. Though to be fair, I don't think there was really a character in the story I didn't like how they were created and portrayed. I have no idea how Betsy Schow managed to imagine up this universe, but I am so glad she did. It was fun reading all the little bits of different fairy tales she snuck in throughout the story even though it was Wizard of Oz based. I give Spelled 4 out of 5 stars and I cannot wait to see where the next installment of this story takes us! This review is based on an advanced reading copy provided by the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, through Netgalley. You can find more of my reviews on my blog: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
Sailon More than 1 year ago
One childish wish, that is all it took to throw the entire balance of Dorthea’s world upside down…and not in a good way. Her wish has given evil the upper hand and even worse… Dorthea is cursed with the doom of her world. This is a very unusual but entertaining take on a twisted fairy tale. Schow brings highly atypical fairy tale characters, Dorthea being case and point. She is the princess, but she is also cursed and has the pension for evil. Fairy princess or evil villian, only she can decide. Fighting her conflicting urges toward evil, Dorthea must decide what is most important, make choices that will create irreparable changes and face her new dawning reality. You might say it’s a book with bite. Written for the younger reader or young at heart reader it’s not all "the moral to this story". Spelled also provides a good dose of wit, snark and humor. I found Spelled Enchantingly Entertaining! I received this ARC copy of Spelled from SOURCEBOOKS Fire in exchange for a honest review.
MDBookworm1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I am so lucky to have picked this up from Netgalley! This was such a cute and fun read! So many puns throughout the book and I was laughing almost the whole time. The story follows Dorthea, the Emerald Princess, as she makes a selfish wish that changes the laws of magic. In order to fix her wish she must travel to the hidden rainbow with Rexi (who used to be a frog) and Kato (her sudden fiance who is not human). The Grey Witch is on the hunt to stop Dorthea but that's not all who is against her. Every storybook character that you have ever read has had their lives changed and their stories are not so happily ever after anymore. Dorthea is a spoiled princess that isn't allowed outside due to a curse placed on her family generations ago. She is bratty and I hated her in the first half of the book. She slowly grows up but it takes most of the book for her to realize it and what she has to do. Rexi was a great addition and she was so snarky I loved her! She was a great sidekick to Dorthea. Kato was ok as a prince. He was just as snarky/mean and I think the romance between Dorthea and him happened just a tiny bit too fast. The best part of the book were all the puns and the side remarks made throughout the book about other fairy tales and their stories. I would LOVE to live in a world like that. It was so unique and creative, I just fell in love with Schows world building of Story. I would highly recommend this book to fairy tale lovers! This will be a series since it kinda ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger but since it just came out it might be a while.......
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Remember all of those fairytales you heard when you were younger? How about the Wizard of Oz? Welcome to a twisted tale where everyone from frogs to wizards, witches and beast kings make a at least a brief appearance! Spelled by Betsy Schow is going to take every single thing you thought you knew about fantasy, princesses and curses and run them through a kaleidoscope so everything takes on a surreal appearance and kind of jumble into each other on one spoiled princess’ journey to learn how to care about and for others in her world. Dorthea made a selfish and childish wish, and the ramifications were devastating. It’s up to her to fix it, but how? Betsy Schow can write snark and attitude with the best of them! She is an expert playing on words, and blurring the lines of make-believe with reality. Providing one chuckle after another, this journey is full of surprises and tongue-in-cheek dialogue, not to mention a cast of characters that reads like a smalltown phonebook. Cute, ditzy, and very different, it makes a nice fluffy read to kick back and re-visit with old friends and new, but be sure to share with your tweens and teens! I received an ARC edition from in exchange for my honest review.