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Saturday, June 13, 2015

REVIEW: Spelled by Betsy Schow

A big thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book!  

Never judge a book but the cover, unless you do!  What first peaked my interest was seeing this cover on Netgalley.  The mirror, smoke, lettering and of course, THE SHOES, immediately grabbed my attention.  I've shared by obsession with the Wizard of Oz so it is only natural that such a cover with dazzling, sparkly high heels mystified me at first sight. The best surprise was that the story lived up to my high expectations.

When I read the blurb--A seriously princed-out Princess Dorothea, wants nothing more than to escape a curse, her overprotective parents and the Emerald Palace to embark on adventures of her own--I knew that I just had to read this book.  What follows is a twisted fairy tale which plays homage not only to the Wizard of Oz but also masterfully and humorously weaves other popular tales into the plot.

The descriptive writing is sound, filling the plot with imaginative twists and turns. The dialogue is fantastic! I loved the characters as well. Dorothea aka Dot is smart and sassy.  Her development as a character throughout the story is believable. She learns some valuable lessons in the process but remains snarky, relateable and fun. Kato is a swoon worthy love interest.  I loved the love/hate tension filled relationship which develops into more but with an edge of humor.

Overall, I found this to be a stellar debut in what I hope will be a promising series.  Personally, I liked the ending.  As a reader, I can imagine where Schow is headed with future books and I cannot wait to meet these characters again. This is a definite must read for fans of twisted fairy tales and authors Marissa Meyer, Alex Flynn, or Sarah Cross as well as if readers loved the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige or the Splintered series by A.G. Howard.

Follow the author on Twitter: @BetsySchow

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