Betsy Schow

Cover Design– The shows are a definite eye catcher. Not because I’m a shoe person, I’m not. I prefer comfort over style. When I saw Spelled my first thought was Ruby Slippers and The Wizard of Oz. I had to watch the Wizard of Oz every year as a child, as a result I hate it. Because of that my first thought could have prevented me from picking up Spelled, but the quote at the top intrigued me. ‘Somewhere over the rainbow all Spell is about to break loose…’ I picked it up and read the first three lines on the back. ‘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.’ I knew I had to read it.  5 stars

Concept– I loved how Schow took The Wizard of Oz and blended in Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest and mentioned other fairy tales through out the story. I loved how Schow started each chapter with a passage from some other book. I loved the modern spin on things and how she used words like pixed and glammed for other words. The Concept was unique and refreshing. 5 stars

Character Development– I found Dorthea to be a spoiled princess who needed to be thankful for what she had. As the book progressed I found myself liking her more and more. Rexi’s smart mouth was easily relatable. Kato was an unlikely prince. I didn’t expect him to be, much like Dorthea but the more I got to know him, the more I liked him. I felt like I was accompanying friends on this quest. 5 stars

Plot/Sub-Plot– I found the hints at The Wizard of Oz within your story just enough to be intriguing yet not overtake the story. I loved how Schow took a simple spoiled princess and showed her what could happen if you make a careless wish. The love developing between Kato and Dorthea was subtly written so that the reader’s  main focus was on the journey to undo the wish. 5 Stars

Entertainment Level– I loved this book. I laughed and became invested in what happened to Dorthea,

Kato and Rexi. I look forward to seeing what happens in book 2. I think anyone who likes The Wizard of Oz will love this book. Even if you don’t, you should still read Spelled. You will love it. 5 Stars