Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Betsy Schow
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Princess Dorthea meets Prince Kato at the ball for wishing. It’s hate a first sight, but during the ball, their engagement is announced. Dorthea then makes her wish for the night and turns everything in the world of Story on its heels. Her parents are banished to a foreign world, Kato is turned into a lion-puppy-monster, and she becomes a hunted fugitive with the servant girl Rexi. Dorthea, Kato, and Rexi become an unlikely trio as they run from everyone and try to bring some happily-ever-after magic back to Story.
The first book in the Storymaker series, Spelled takes a multitude of fairytales and old story references and puts a new twist on them. The story itself is rather fast-paced and action-packed, making it hard to put down for the voracious reader, but it can be a little more difficult for others to follow. It has many fairytale twists and play-on-words. Overall, it’s a great read for watching the character development of a spoiled princess becoming a trying-to-save-the-world hero.