Spelled by Betsy Schow | Book Review #36


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 princes 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 parent sstuck 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 seriously doubted this book. I thought I wouldn’t like it at all. So I decided to give it a try.

With Spelled being a stand alone and a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, I thought “Why not?” and shrugged my shoulders. I brought it home and practically forgot about the book. When the time came to return it to the library, I decided to read a few pages to get a taste of the book. And then read the book in one sitting.

Spelled is a cute and fun read that brought me out of my reading slump. Spelled has good story building, with great descriptions. The writing had the story flowing so easily, which made the story easy to follow!

Dorthea grew immensely as a character. She was a spoiled brat in the beginning of the book who slowly changed into this confident, smart, selfless character.

There were some things that bothered me in Spelled though. I wish we saw more of Dot and Kato; even though it’s so refreshing reading a book where the main thing isn’t about a potential love interest. And don’t even get me started on that epilogue. Why would you end a book like that?!

If you’d like to, you can check out Spelled on GoodReads. If you’ve read this book before, what do you think of the story?

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

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