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Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review


By Betsy Schow

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales

Source: E-arc from the publisher

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Well, this was a fun little pleasant surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed this one as Dorthea went on her many adventures to right the wrongs she made. Yes she acted very much the spoiled Princess she was, but slowly she over came that to become a caring and smart girl. The other thing I loved was the relationship between she and Kato. They hated each other first, then became friends. I love these kinds of relationships because I got to see them build their trust for one another, while slowly the chemistry between them built and sparked. The action scenes were my favorite part, I believe. Every turn they made there was always someone after them from the wicked witch, to puppy dogs with demon eyes and wings, to a wizard who’s not even a wizard and just a very strange man. Dorthea and her friends were in constant danger and I was starting to get worried when she would actually be safe, or find someone that was their side of good.

While I was enthralled with the many battles she had to go through, I had to mark it down because the beginning was not my favorite part. I really disliked Dorthea at first because she acted like such a huge spoiled brat. All she cared about was herself and what she wanted. She didn’t care about the people around her and I started to get very agitated with her. Dorthea only cared about shopping for her millions of shoes, and finding a Prince to live Happily Ever After. Soon she would realize it’s not all about the online shopping. I also couldn’t stand her and the way Rexi bickered. She got on my last nerve as well. The other part was the way the author kept saying bad words, but in a pixified way. It got really annoying fast. With that, I felt this book was catered more for the younger teens. It was still enjoyable for me enough to like though, and I’m an adult.

I can’t wait to continue the series. At least I hope it continues as it ended with a cliffhanger. Not everything in Oz was put back to normal, so Dorthea still has to contend with two evil forces. I think teens of a younger age would enjoy this more, but I would still advise to give it a shot. Who knows, anyone can like it! I will definitely be buying a copy when it comes out.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

**Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This is no way altars my view of the book.**

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