Series: Woodcutter Sisters #1
Publisher: Harcourt Children's
Release Date: May 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.
This is my first experience with this author and I have to say that I'm really happy that I decided to read this book. Sunday is the seventh daughter of a woodcutter and a seventh daughter. Sunday is a writer and the things she writes have been known to come true. So she can only write what has already happened. Everyday after her chores are completed she goes into the wood to get some peace and quiet to write her stories. One day and several days after that she meets an enchanted frog, who easily becomes her very best friend. They are kindred spirits. As any enchanted frog, he asks for a kiss to might turn him back into a man and every day before Sunday goes home she kisses the frog. Unfortunately the kiss never transforms the frog. But one day Sunday goes off in search of her friend and he's not to be found anywhere.
The frog wakes up as a man. Turns out he's the missing prince who was cursed to spend a year of his life as a frog. When Rumbold wakes up he's not sure of a lot of things, his memory is sparse. He heads back to the castle where his two closest friends stay close by his side while he regains his strength. However when he gets back to the castle he is quickly reminded of certain parts of his past he'd rather not remember. Seems as if our lovely frog prince was a rambunctious lad, also his father, the king is quite the formidable character. The king actually mostly ignores his son and goes off with Rumbold's fairy godmother quite often. It really seems like they're plotting or involved in something nefarious. The truth always comes out. The queen has been dead for many, many years. Rumbold immediately decides that he's going to throw three balls in three consecutive days so that he might be reunited with his lovely Sunday.
I've never really read a book of fairy tales retold before and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be continuing on in this series. We get a mash up of different fairy tales in this book. And while the book is mostly light and happy, there are moments in the book that are darker. I was really interested in finding out more about the Woodcutter Sisters. From the glimpses we got in this book it seems they were all doomed to lead super interesting lives. If you're looking for a good YA book or series to check out you should check this out. The mix of fairytale, light and dark, along with a great spin on those stories, and an amazing group of characters, you're not going wrong.
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.