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Review: Unlocking the Spell (E.D. Baker)

Product Details:
Reading Level: Middle Grades
Pages: 272
Publisher: October 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
ISBN:  9781599908410
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #2)
Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help--by finding the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luckily, Annie has assistance from handsome prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her non-magical sleeve . . .


I love this series. It is so super cute. Annie is such a great character! She is  Gwendolyn’s (Sleeping Beauty) non-magical sister. Annie received a gift from her fairy godmother at birth that would not let any magic affect her, unlike everyone else in the kingdom. Because of this gift, Annie can sense when magic is near. Her power can also cause someone’s magic to falter. I found this to be one of the best parts of the story. I loved the descriptions of characters that suddenly found themselves without their magical qualities and gifts. One of the other qualities that make Annie so endearing is her resourcefulness. Because she has grown up without the help of magic, she has had to learn how to do many things on her own. Her sister, Gwennie, is described as “the most beautiful princess in the world” (with the help of magic of course), but Annie is often overlooked. While this could be lonely and a bit annoying, it makes Annie a great character. She is smart, stubborn, and extremely clever. The perfect underdog heroine.

The plot also weaves together familiar fairytales with slightly altered storylines. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood all make appearances—just not in the ways we are familiar with. How the author used these stories and characters was very creative.

This is a middle grades series, which means it is squeaky clean. A little kissing, but appropriate for younger readers. Older readers would probably find it too wholesome. Maybe I’m a big nerd, but I loved it. Of course, I liked the first book (The Wide Awake Princess), too. Personally, I think all fairy tale fans should read this series. It is charming.
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  1. You are adorable XD
    I thought this book was about Rapunzel but then realized she needed more hair...
    Gwendolyn is kind of a weird name for a princess book but Gwennie's a cute nickname.
    I would have expected this book was for children but I seem to be more wrong than right about this book.
    The main character are BETTER when they aren't loved by all.
    Nice review (:
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

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  2. After she grew past Judy Moody - not out-grew, just grew past; she will never be too old to read Judy Moody. I'm not yet! - E.D. Baker's Frog Princess turned my oldest girl into a true reader. Both my girls loved the Wide Awake Princess. Glad to know there's a new one in the series!

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