Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CHAPTER BOOK: Unlocking the Spell by E. D. Baker

Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess

Princess Annie is back! Only weeks after she saves her kingdom from a sleeping curse, she's off on another adventure. This time she is looking for the dwarf who turned her sister's true love into a bear. Liam goes with her as they know they make a good team, but Prince Beldegard goes along to help them track the dwarf, and Gwen insists on joining them rather than be without her prince. Along the way, the group encounters Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Three Bears, the Three Pigs, Snow White, the Evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs, although not every one is who he/she appears to be at first look.

Great story and a great sequel. There's more in this book than the first one about the relationship between Liam and Annie as well as Gwen and Beldegard, with the ups and downs that come with young love. Lot's of fairy tale characters and stories weave in and out of the group's quest for the evil dwarf. I hope there will be more chapter's in Princess Annie's story. She's a great character! I love the things that happen to unsuspecting magic users when they try to curse her and their magic bounces back on them.

4 out of 5 stars
AR Reading level of 5.3

Recommended for: fans of the first book and/or other fairy tale-based stories, readers looking for a romantic story that is appropriate for pre-teen readers (it's not a major part of the story, but it is a thread that holds the story together)

Cautions:  none

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