Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Book Review: Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Pros: fun characters, lively story


Evie loves healing people and her favourite patient is her best friend, Wormy. But at 15 she thinks they’re both too young to marry, so when he proposes she says ‘no’. They’re both shocked when an angry fairy turns Evie into an ogre because of it. Now Evie has 62 days to find true love or she’ll remain an ogre forever.

This book takes place in the same worlds as Ella Enchanted, one generation before the events of that novel.

I loved Evie. She’s smart and determined. And she has a lot to learn about people, and love, and not much time in which to learn it all. The book is fast paced and lively.

I enjoyed learning more about the ogres and how they interact with each other.

I was a little sad seeing Lady Eleanor, considering how her story ends, though I thought the author handled her inclusion well.

As an adult I would have liked some commentary on how using a love potion or persuasive magic to get someone to fall in love with you is morally wrong (and won’t bring you happiness as you’ll always be afraid of the effects wearing off).

On the whole it was a fun read.

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