Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is all-new companion novel to the bestselling novel, Ella Enchanted!
“In this prequel to Ella Enchanted, which can stand on its own, young healer Evie is transformed into an ogre by the meddling fairy Lucinda. She’ll turn back only if someone proposes and she accepts!
Returning to the land and many of the characters from her beloved Newbery Honor–winning Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine has written a delightful tale about a clever and endearing heroine who is determined to defy expectations.
Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms, and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.
But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre. Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.”
I went into this book with really high hopes. I loved Ella Enchanted, so when I was approached to read the companion prequel in this world, I was really pumped!
Unfortunately, the story did not execute. I did enjoy the premise and the overall plot which is similar to the original story. Someone is cursed, leaving them on a timely quest for freedom. It did have a unique spin to it that you may notice from the synopsis, but it did have very similar plot-vibes.
The part that I did not like about this one was the writing style. I don’t know if it was just an iffy-worded story or if the world’s dialogue was just jumbled, but I could not stop stumbling over my thoughts.
It was way too distracting from the actual story which was pretty good.
So, I gave this one 2 out of 5 stars. The storyline was a 4/5, but with the writing, I had to knock it down to 2.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but if you were a fan of the original story, you may want to give this one a try.. maybe..
Published: 16 October 2019
Genre: MG Fantasy
How I Read It: Paperback from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced I any way.*
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