Author: Alethea Kontis.
Published: May 8th 2012.
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books.
It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?
If your looking for a book that is made by kneading together various fairytales, then your search is over. This story was so much fun! We have the happy family consisting of four daughters (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a son called Peter and an adopted son Trix. There used to be seven daughters and a son called Jack, but you will have to find out about them yourself.
Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter: and therefore, she is doomed to live a happy life. Her talent is writing. Unfortunately, everything she writes down has the tendency to come true. One day, Sunday meets a frog. They become friends until she breaks the curse that was placed upon Rumbold, the prince. He returns to his palace and he announces a ball. Her family hates the Royal Family and Rumbold wants to make sure that Sunday falls in love with him as a person: not only as a frog.
Troubles are starting when the King lays his eyes on Wednesday. He reminds her of his true love, the fairy godmother Sorrow. The king and Sorrow have a gruesome plan in order to keep his youth and power. Rumbold must do anything to rescue Wednesday before it is too late.
“She needed him to keep her sane, to make her laugh, to feel complete.”
I love how every character got their own personality. Besides Sunday, I really appreciated Saturday. She is a woodsman like her father and she hates dancing and the fancy balls. At the end of the book, she is even trying to learn how to handle a sword! Sunday is a sweet girl and she will do anything to keep her family safe. It was nice to see how happy this family is, despite the losses they have suffered. They have their struggles, but they love each other anyway.
I didn’t really connect with Rumbold (therefore 4.5 instead of 5 hearts), but he was a good match to Sunday. Their love blossoms when they meet as a girl and a frog, isn’t that great?
The storyline is awesome and the plot is wonderful. It was so much fun to figure out all the fairytales! The use of those stories is perfectly executed. The writing-style is fast paced, the world-building is good and I couldn’t stop reading this book. I can’t wait to read more from this author.