Review: Spelled by Betsy Schow

Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Published: June 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
read in: June, 2015

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young adult • fantasy • retelling

“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.”

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.


This book was silly and stupid but really fun. It wasn’t the kind of serious retelling we often read. It’s more like a fun and silly spin of all our favorite fairy tale and myths. There was so many things happened in this book that it sometimes became overwhelming but I loved it. It is so refreshing to find a retelling that made me laugh most of the time and still enjoyed the adventure.

“Maybe I wasn’t the hero. Maybe I was the villain.”

There were so many characters in this book, but each of them was memorable with their own story. I loved Dorthea’s character in this book. It didn’t really bother me the fact that Dorthea started as a spoiled princess and focused on her dress and fashion most of the time. Maybe because I know that she was intended to be like that in the first place. And yeah I was right, her character really developed at the end of the book. Rexi’s character was also really fun to read, she was snarky but caring at the same time. The two of them made me laugh most of the time.

The romance was very good. And by very good I mean it wasn’t instantly grew between Kato and Dorthea. They started off hating each other and their relationship grew right on time so it made the whole romance believable. They ended up being the sweet and cute fairytale-esque couple.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. I can see how this book won’t be the kind of read everyone enjoyed, but I still think this was pretty fun. I hope there will be a sequel to this book because it has an open ending that made me want more.




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