SPELLED, THE STORYMAKERS SERIES #1, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire


Link to Book #2 Review Here

Link to Book #3 Review Here

Somewhere over the rainbow, all spell is about to break loose…

Fairy Tale Survival Rule No. 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 charming 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.

Published June 2nd, 2015


I received book #3 of the Storymakers’ series and decided I’d like to start at the beginning of the series and read and review the first two before reading and reviewing the third.

I took both books#1 and #2 out from the library!

Here’s my thoughts, on book #1:

The Wizard of Oz was one of those classics that I absolutely enjoyed as a kid, so I was hesitant when hearing about a series retelling on a beloved classic. However, I’d heard so much about this series that I knew I’d eventually cave in and get my hands on the books.

Lemme say that if you loved Enchanted (omg I did) and if you are a sucker for fairy tale structured adventures then you are in for a fun-filled treat! With lots of humor to keep you smiling and a PITA Protagonist that actually grows and develops realistically and positively throughout the story; add excellently crafted side-kick and frisky creature characters, then you’ll have hilarious high jinks, cleverly crafted plot moments, excellent dialogue and fun to carry you cover to cover. Speaking of cover, this one is one of the better! It’s gorgeous actually!

Loved Hydra!!!

There was an Ella Enchanted and Shrek vibe for me throughout and Schow kept things moving at a nice, entertaining pace with me not knowing where she was going next. Sure some parts are a bit cheesy, but with all the heavy brain-cramping stuff I’ve been reading as research for my own writing, getting something fluffy and light, a bit cheesy can be really appreciated.

This retelling is well-written, excellently plotted and filled with great characters developed perfectly to entice and enjoy. I even enjoyed the nasties. No tropes that annoyed me, no boring characters… all wonderfully done!

So I gave the first book of the series:

five star Hopefully, the next will be just as good!

2 thoughts on “SPELLED, THE STORYMAKERS SERIES #1, by Betsy Schow, Sourcebooks Fire

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