Spelled by Betsy Schow


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. (Goodreads)

So, I have had this book on my TBR for a little while now – pretty much ever since I saw it on Netgalley. For me, this is one of those books where I am just kicking myself because I didn’t get to it sooner! I cannot believe I waited so long to get a copy! I’m pixed.

Reading the premise does not to this book justice. At. All!! I was not expecting the journey that I got – which I just absolutely adored! Dorthea is our heroine. She is the cause for chaos and she also suffers for it quite a bit. I found myself snorting at the predicaments she finds herself in – especially because they were seemingly one after the other! There was no end to her bad fortune and it made for a hilarious read!!

Prince Kato was also not what I expected. When we first met him, he was someone who I instantly liked based purely on his level headedness. I think that both Dorthea and Kato grow a lot throughout this whole book and they help each other to grow. The romance between them was just perfect because it wasn’t instant attraction. They had to grow into it and it was a great thing for the reader.

What I also loved about this book was the fact that it took all of the fairytales, characters etc and mixed them all up in one way or another. The author then proceeded to break every single fairytale rule that we grew up with and know off of the back of our hands. And I loved it! It made the book and the events themselves unpredictable – which just made everything even funnier!

The cursing made everything just perfect. It is definitely the new way to go with cursing. I was actually probably laughing a lot harder at the cursing then I should have been – but it just fit so perfectly with the book itself and the characters! It suited them!

This is a fairytale like no other and it is one of those books that I could just read over and over again and it would never get old. In fact, I even think that, if this was done right, it would make a great film!! It was excellent! I gave this book 5/5 stars! Obviously I need a series…

Grab your copy here.

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