Review: Spelled by Betsy Schow

July 6, 2015     Danielle Romero     3Stars, R2R, reviews

Review: Spelled by Betsy SchowSpelled by Betsy Schow
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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 thoughtsSpelled takes us on a fun adventure reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz with a few other fairy tales mixed in. The story follows Dorthea, a self absorbed and spoiled brat of a character, as she struggles to correct the mistake she’s made which has her fleeing for her life. Lets keep in mind that from the get go, you don’t really like the main character. The upside though is that she is still entertaining and we do have the opportunity to see a lot of character growth throughout the story.  What makes this really worth reading though is the story itself. It really is unique and refreshing despite being reminiscent of former fairy tales.

The book is filled with fun and exciting creatures and just enough fantasy. There is also a great dose of humor in the book which makes for a light hearted read. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, probably more so than our main character but I was okay with that. Where this book struggled for me was the teenage drama and angst. There was a little too much of it for me and that “mean girl” mentality than our main character had was irksome at times. I would say though that if you can get through the first half of the book, it really takes off them and makes for a pretty good story.

3 coffee cups

about the author

BETSY SCHOW is the TODAY Show featured author of the non-fiction book, Finished Being Fat; however she’s been mixing up real life and fantasy for as long as she can remember.   If someone were to ask about her rundown truck, she’s 100% positive that mechanical gremlins muck up her engine. And the only reason her house is dirty is because the dust bunnies have gone on strike.  She lives in Utah with her own knight in geeky armor and their two princesses (that can totally shapeshift into little beasts). When not writing, she acts as the Tournament Director for Odyssey of the Mind and helps teach kids creative thinking (or how to turn their toasters into robots).

Her debut novel, Spelled, comes out June 2015 from Sourcebooks. She is represented by Michelle Witte, Mansion Street Literary Agency.