Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess
(Wide Awake Princess #2)
by E D Baker
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected Publication Date: October 2, 2012
by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Book Source: ALA
Book Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Cathy’s Review: Annie is so glad to have her life finally get back to normal after helping her sister Gwendolyn wake up from that awful sleeping curse the fairy placed on her. Well…she’d like to have it get back to normal anyway. It seems that every person in the kingdom has an object that they would like to make sure is not under any magic spell to be something else, from coins to even people, Annie’s had to touch them all to check to be sure they are real. She’d really just like to spend some down time with her own Prince Charming, Liam, but that’s not going to happen. Gwennie’s beloved prince, Beldegard, had been turned into a bear before Annie found him and that’s causing crazy problems for their wedding. It’s kind of hard to kiss your prince when he’s a bear, and Annie has to keep touching him to turn him even remotely human. So Annie reluctantly heads out on another quest, this time to find the dwarf that caused Beldegard to be a bear and make him turn Beldegard back into a handsome prince with Beldegard, and Liam. Unbeknownst to Annie, Gwennie is following them, and her beauty is sure to cause them all sorts of crazy problems.
This was a really fun book. I loved all of the fairy-tales being mixed together in this book. I loved the resourceful Annie and of course, the handsome Liam. The plot is made more for kids, but I enjoyed reading it anyway. This series is a must read for any fairy tale lovers out there.