The fairy tale "mash-up" genre - in which multiple fairy tale stories, themes, or characters are combined into one new and original tale - can be delightful when it's done well or derivative when it's done carelessly. When it's done playfully and inventively - as it is in Alethea Kontis's novel, Enchanted - the results can be simply, well, enchanting.
Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter born to her parents - who are each a seventh son and a seventh daughter respectively - and so, as any fairy tale aficionado could tell you, she is destined for great things. However, Sunday - who tends to look at the world through less rosy lenses - sees things differently: "I am doomed to a happy life," she writes in the novel's opening sentence. With six older sisters (Monday through Saturday, of course) whose dramas overshadow her own quiet talents, it's easy for Sunday to feel that she's ...
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