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Spelled by Betsy Schow

2015-07-02 20.23.29

Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Genre: Young adult fiction
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

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 not-so-charming 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.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book was hilarious. Dorthea isn’t your average prim and proper princess.

A curse hovers over her the females in her family, which means Dorthea is locked up in her castle all the time. She has never seen the outside world and doesn’t have any friends outside of the castle. She’s spoiled and doesn’t appreciate it.

When she has a wishful thought, it turns into a real wish and comes true–but not the way she expected. She ends up on an adventure with two unlikely partners to fix the world, magic, and restore the fairy-tale rules.

The humor was great and I loved the characters and their relationship with one another. The overall plot was interesting and unique in its own way. The writing style itself was unique as there are many puns based off of Disney and other princess’, as it is a reverse spin-off of The Wizard of Oz.

I love series’, but I as happy to pick up a standalone. As I got to the end of the book, it hinted that there will most likely be a sequel. I’m not 100% sure, but that was the vibe I got from the ending of the last chapter and the short epilogue.

As much as I loved the adventure and the characters, I have to say I think this book worked well as a standalone. But it seems as though it’s going to get dragged out into something more.

Spelled by Betsy Schow gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“No need to panic. I was the heroine in this story, so everything would get fixed somehow.” –Betsy Schow, Spelled

Be sure to check out my Goodreads page to see what I’ll be reading next!



Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Spelled by Betsy Schow

    1. It’s the ottoman in front of my couch, lol. I’ve actually been thinking of using a different background. The Spelled cover looks really dark with the black background.

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