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I Belong

Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow

Title: Wanted

Author: Betsy Schow

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Spelled (Book #2)

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1492635995 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-1492635994 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood’s daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur?

Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:

No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though…they should be worried.

Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she’s the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn’t in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi’s going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink.

Not happening. No way in Spell.

Rexi’s plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

Quick & Dirty: Rexi Hood has to find a way to break the curse binding her, and she will no matter the cost.

Opening Sentence: “And they all lived happily ever after,” I muttered in falsetto.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Rexi did one noble thing and now she can’t stop dying. The first time was a no brainer, she had to save Princess Dorthea, but after that it just keeps weirder and weirder. In fact, this time it took even longer than normal, and she can’t remember the three other times she died. Not long after she wakes she dies again, and it takes even longer for her to wake and it seems like she is losing herself.

Soon Rexi will be forgotten, faded into nothingness but she can’t let that happen. Thankfully, the next time she dies, when she wakes her father is there. He also has a brillant idea to use Excalibur to break the curse that binds Dorthea and Rexi. When they go to the Lady of the Lake she reminds them that Blanc is searching for Excalibur as well.

As Rexi runs out of time will she be able to find Excalibur? Will she be able to break the curse? Will it even be worth the cost?

This was a sort of cute combination of all the fairy tales. It was a little silly and confusing at times. I must also admit I didn’t realize this was a second book until after I started reading it. So I may have enjoyed this more if I read the first book before this. Overall, It was okay. I mostly enjoyed Rexi, although I didn’t necessarily understand all the relationships. But, on that same note Dorethea and Rexi seems to be bleeding over into each other. Well it was more like Rexi was losing herself to Dorthea.

I can’t quite decide if I like all of the fairytales being thrown together. On the one hand it’s different and I admit I liked catching all the refrences, on the other hand it’s a lot of people and a lot of different things going on.

Notable Scene:

Carefully, I navigated my way around the piles of souls and crumbling structures of unwanted and discarded settings. Slinking my way around, I stayed out of sight of Morte’s copy riders-their entire bodies wrapped in scrolls. Though I don’t know how they saw without eyes, they rode around on little creatures with shovels for faces. Like little paper pushers, they shuttled the falling pages toward the light sources.

Spelled Series:

1. Spelled

2. Wanted

3. Banished (February 1, 2018)


FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of Wanted. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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