Review: Spelled by Betsy Schow

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

spelledTitle: Spelled

Author: Betsy Schow

Published: June 2, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 352

Source: eARC via Netgalley

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.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.


I am so lucky to have picked this up from Netgalley! This was such a cute and fun read! So many puns throughout the book and I was laughing almost the whole time.

The story follows Dorthea, the Emerald Princess, as she makes a selfish wish that changes the laws of magic. In order to fix her wish she must travel to the hidden rainbow with Rexi (who used to be a frog) and Kato (her sudden fiance who is not human). The Grey Witch is on the hunt to stop Dorthea but that’s not all who is against her. Every storybook character that you have ever read has had their lives changed and their stories are not so happily ever after anymore.

Dorthea is a spoiled princess that isn’t allowed outside due to a curse placed on her family generations ago. She is bratty and I hated her in the first half of the book. She slowly grows up but it takes most of the book for her to realize it and what she has to do. Rexi was a great addition and she was so snarky I loved her! She was a great sidekick to Dorthea. Kato was ok as a prince. He was just as snarky/mean and I think the romance between Dorthea and him happened just a tiny bit too fast.

The best part of the book were all the puns and the side remarks made throughout the book about other fairy tales and their stories. I would LOVE to live in a world like that. It was so unique and creative, I just fell in love with Schows world building of Story.

I would highly recommend this book to fairy tale lovers! This will be a series since it kinda ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger but since it just came out it might be a while…….

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