Ogre Enchanted (Ella Enchanted, #0.5)
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.

Ogre Enchanted (Ella Enchanted, #0.5) Details

TitleOgre Enchanted (Ella Enchanted, #0.5)
Author
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062561213
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Retellings

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Ogre Enchanted (Ella Enchanted, #0.5) Review

  • Zazu
    January 1, 1970
    This one is hard to judge because I am so attached to Ella Enchanted that I kept constantly comparing it and trying to figure out who Evie was in relation to Ella. Which may be slightly unfair, but then again, there's no way GCL didn't think that's what we were all going to do! We grew up with Ella! We love her! (And if anyone dares mention the movie, I will gut you faster than an ogre.)We DO get some more backstory on Ella's fam, but, without spoiling anything, I can definitely say that Evie is This one is hard to judge because I am so attached to Ella Enchanted that I kept constantly comparing it and trying to figure out who Evie was in relation to Ella. Which may be slightly unfair, but then again, there's no way GCL didn't think that's what we were all going to do! We grew up with Ella! We love her! (And if anyone dares mention the movie, I will gut you faster than an ogre.)We DO get some more backstory on Ella's fam, but, without spoiling anything, I can definitely say that Evie is not any of the people I theorized she was going to be. So I have to give credit where credit is due-- the decoy hints, definitely intentional on Levine's part-- worked! That gave the reading some bits of excitement and tension that I really liked.On the opposite end of the spectrum, there were some low moments where I couldn't stop myself from making a face at how fast this girl (with, usually, a backbone of steel) falls in love. Thankfully, it's not all quite what it seems again, but that didn't make having to plod through those parts any more enjoyable. I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a naive 14-year-old girl (which honestly is very hard to reconcile with her very grownup skills and demeanor) who doesn't even really understands what a crush feels like and can't conceive of what makes two people want to get married. She's just clueless, looking at every guy (I had an exciting moment where I thought she'd get with a lady, but nope) wondering if this is her "it". I guess it's honest but still super cringeworthy. I'm guessing kids will like this aspect more than adults. It may get kids' attention and help open their eyes to what healthy romance is and is not.As far as the overall story goes... It meandered. Nothing too exciting yet at the same time, I did inhale most of it in one go. That's really a testament to the writing quality. The setting was as delightful as Ella's. The thing I'm really disappointed about was that the clues dropped about the age-old ogre/dragon rivalry didn't amount to anything! There is some seriously cool lore there (I won't spoil the tiny bit that we DO get), and it would have been amazing for that to have been woven into the plot more. I thought Evie was going to have a hand in uncovering/fixing something there, and that would have elevated the story from love-oriented. It would have given Evie a REASON to have been an ogre and she could have done some good with it. I do not get why that storyline was dropped suddenly in the middle of the book.Overall: Fun, enjoyable, though I was left craving more depth and nuance. Definitely best only for tweens. PS- thank you GCL for making her sleep under a bridge just once, I couldn't stop laughingPPS- do NOT google "meat stick"
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  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    A prequel to Ella Enchanted? That book practically WAS my childhood. I don't even know how many times I read it! So obviously I need this in my life.
  • Clephiro
    January 1, 1970
    Evie is a healer. She and her best friend Wormy live in Jenn. They are happy there until the day that Wormy proposes to Evie. Evie, having not thought much of marriage yet, turns him down. Unfortunately, Lucinda, the most irresponsible fairy godmother ever, was watching. Lucinda turns Evie into an ogre with just two months to find someone to marry her in order for her to be changed back. Evie sets out on a quest to see about finding someone to love her.This is a prequel to Ella Enchanted, which Evie is a healer. She and her best friend Wormy live in Jenn. They are happy there until the day that Wormy proposes to Evie. Evie, having not thought much of marriage yet, turns him down. Unfortunately, Lucinda, the most irresponsible fairy godmother ever, was watching. Lucinda turns Evie into an ogre with just two months to find someone to marry her in order for her to be changed back. Evie sets out on a quest to see about finding someone to love her.This is a prequel to Ella Enchanted, which I adored as a child. The prequel features a new set of characters, though it does have a lot of cameos of some of the parents of the characters we know and love from Ella Enchanted. The book was cute. It's middle grade, so obviously the language and plot are rather simple, but I found that it gave it charm. I absolutely loved catching up to the world of Ella Enchanted again, and the new characters were lovely. Wormy was so wonderful. Overall, the book was just an adorable fairytale that recaptured the magic of one of my favourite childhood series.
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  • Kate Willis
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book so much.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Ogre Enchanted is as enchanting and humorous as its predecessor Ella Enchanted, and will delight old fans and new readers alike. Ogre Enchanted is a modern-day fairytale, with a strong and independent lead character, and threads of friendship and romance. Simple and unique, this twist on a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast will delight (and possibly disgust) young readers.Evie, though only fifteen, is a gifted healer. Her passions are herbs, healing tonics and devoted attention to her pati Ogre Enchanted is as enchanting and humorous as its predecessor Ella Enchanted, and will delight old fans and new readers alike. Ogre Enchanted is a modern-day fairytale, with a strong and independent lead character, and threads of friendship and romance. Simple and unique, this twist on a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast will delight (and possibly disgust) young readers.Evie, though only fifteen, is a gifted healer. Her passions are herbs, healing tonics and devoted attention to her patients. In Wormy, Evie has a dear friend and willing subject upon whom she tests all her new cures and tonics. But when Wormy proposes, Evie is quick to turn him down - she has no intention of marrying young. Unfortunately the fairy Lucinda hears Evie’s refusal and transforms Evie into a hideous, very smelly and eternally hungry ogre as punishment. Evie has just 62 days to accept another proposal or she will remain an ogre forever.In the last year Gail Carson Levine has gifted readers with first a companion novel to her wonderful Two Princesses of Bamarre and now a new companion novel to the great Ella Enchanted. These two classics, favourites of my childhood and favourites still of young readers today, are brought into the lives of young readers again with two fresh stories. I was utterly thrilled when Ogre Enchanted was announced and even more thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read and review it. Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed returning to Kyrria and its world of enchantments and magical creatures. The first half of Ogre Enchanted was a little slow and I would have liked more time to get to know Evie before she was turned into an ogre. As it is, the first half is a little repetitive as Evie makes plans and then journeys to live with other ogres. The second half of the novel was more interesting, with intrigue, familiar characters from Ella Enchanted, and an increase in pace.Throughout, Evie remains a strong-willed and determined character. Young though she is, she has a great love of healing and caring for people - even if she can be very oblivious to the feelings of others. As her 62 days count down, Evie must decide if she will marry to return to being human or if her greater value lies in remaining as an ogre. She also learns more about love, and comes to distinguish between attraction and deeper, lasting feelings. Though I wish these emotions had been mined a little deeper, as they are in Ella Enchanted (which will remain my favourite), Ogre Enchanted is a delightful fairytale, with adventure, dragons, friendship, self-discovery, intrigue and, yes, romance. It is, however, a little disgusting in places as no details are spared, from Evie’s constant hunger, eating habits and particular odours, to the eating habits of the other ogres, as well as details surrounding illnesses, death, and beheadings.Ogre Enchanted is sure to delight young readers who enjoy fairytale retellings, with brief touches of adventure and a strong and independent female protagonist. It is also sure to please old and new fans alike of the beautiful classic Ella Enchanted. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    When a hapless (and familiar) fairy turns stubborn healer Evie into an ogre until she accepts a marriage proposal, Evie sets out on a quest to fix her condition. Ever the healer, she quickly meets an odd assortment of characters with various ailments, including a sly merchant named Sir Peter, a band of bloodthirsty ogres, and the future king of Kyrria. Evie will have to outsmart her own ogre nature and open her heart to new possibilities, especially an old and dear friend, if she wants to lift When a hapless (and familiar) fairy turns stubborn healer Evie into an ogre until she accepts a marriage proposal, Evie sets out on a quest to fix her condition. Ever the healer, she quickly meets an odd assortment of characters with various ailments, including a sly merchant named Sir Peter, a band of bloodthirsty ogres, and the future king of Kyrria. Evie will have to outsmart her own ogre nature and open her heart to new possibilities, especially an old and dear friend, if she wants to lift the curse. Gail Carson Levine never fails to bring a smile to my face, and Ogre Enchanted is no exception. Ogre Enchanted is just as charming as its predecessors.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMy daughters were huge Levine fans, and it's hard to believe that Ella Enchanted came out in 1997, and the sequel, Fairest, in 2006. I just checked the circulation records for Fairest, and it has only been checked out twice in the 12 years I've had it, so I think I'll pass on this book, sadly.
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to @kidlitexchange #partner for the opportunity to read and review Ogre Enchanted prior to its publication in October. I think that if you loved Ella Enchanted growing up (like I did) this is a really enjoyable read. I LOVED getting to learn more about Ella's parents and how they ended up like they did. However, it's also pretty problematic. The plot is about a fifteen year old who is proposed to by her childhood best friend. She rejects him and, as punishment, Lucinda the fairy turns Thank you to @kidlitexchange #partner for the opportunity to read and review Ogre Enchanted prior to its publication in October. I think that if you loved Ella Enchanted growing up (like I did) this is a really enjoyable read. I LOVED getting to learn more about Ella's parents and how they ended up like they did. However, it's also pretty problematic. The plot is about a fifteen year old who is proposed to by her childhood best friend. She rejects him and, as punishment, Lucinda the fairy turns her into an Ogre and she will be stuck that way forever if she doesn't accept a proposal in 60 days. I get that Lucinda is supposed to be problematic but do we need a whole book about someone so young looking for love? And I didn't find the end to be a satisfying resolution. But, again, its a cute read and I loved being back in Frell.
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  • Amber Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Such nostalgia! ELLA ENCHANTED was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it definitely kicked off my adoration of fractured fairy tales, so I was ecstatic to hear about OGRE ENCHANTED. When young healer Evie refuses her best friend's marriage proposal, that ever-foolish fairy Lucinda turns her into a hideous (and very hungry) ogre. She sets out to find someone who will propose again despite her...well, ogre-ish appearance. Along the way, she meets a group of ogres and learns their ways and abil Such nostalgia! ELLA ENCHANTED was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it definitely kicked off my adoration of fractured fairy tales, so I was ecstatic to hear about OGRE ENCHANTED. When young healer Evie refuses her best friend's marriage proposal, that ever-foolish fairy Lucinda turns her into a hideous (and very hungry) ogre. She sets out to find someone who will propose again despite her...well, ogre-ish appearance. Along the way, she meets a group of ogres and learns their ways and abilities. When a deadly disease hits the capital city and the king himself, Evie must convince everyone that she can save them with her healing abilities, regardless of what she looks like. An exciting adventure, very fun, and provided a peek into Ella's world (before she was even born). The romance was adorable, and I enjoyed every page!
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  • Tara Tsai
    January 1, 1970
    This book really brought me back. Ella Enchanted was (and will remain) one of my all-time favorite books. Gail Carson Levine wrote another great story set in the same wonderful world of Kyrria, this time with a focus on Ogres. Since this was one of the least explored creatures in her other Kyrria books, I found myself excited and interested to learn more about their magic and how they worked. One of my favorite things about this book was seeing some familiar characters from Ella's time period, b This book really brought me back. Ella Enchanted was (and will remain) one of my all-time favorite books. Gail Carson Levine wrote another great story set in the same wonderful world of Kyrria, this time with a focus on Ogres. Since this was one of the least explored creatures in her other Kyrria books, I found myself excited and interested to learn more about their magic and how they worked. One of my favorite things about this book was seeing some familiar characters from Ella's time period, but their younger selves. It took me a little while to realize who was who, but that actually added to the excitement rather than taking it away. I also immensely enjoyed the fact that Evie took her time with love. Just because she was threatened with Lucinda's magic, she didn't back herself into a relationship she wasn't ready for/didn't want. And all of the amazingly supportive friends for Evie? A+ healthy friendships in YA at their best. I do wish there was more development in Evie's eventual romance. One of my favorite parts of Ella was the slow burn romance aspect, and although it's hard to compare to one of my favorite book couples ever (Ella and Char forever), I still did find myself wishing for a little more in the romance department for Evie.I will always be a huge fan of Gail's fairy tale retellings. Although this one didn't quite match up to Ella (what could?) I still found myself enjoying it immensely and finishing it in one day.
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  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    This one was not one of my favorite middle grades that i read, i tend to gravitate towards the ones that have more plot to them.  This one has a very simple story line and it does not seem that a lot happens, we have a girl who proposed to, turned into a ogre until she gets someone to fall in love,  she very hungry and trys to find out about being an ogre, and she falling love a lot.   No details are spared, from Evie’s constant hunger, eating habits and particular odours, to the eating habits o This one was not one of my favorite middle grades that i read, i tend to gravitate towards the ones that have more plot to them.  This one has a very simple story line and it does not seem that a lot happens, we have a girl who proposed to, turned into a ogre until she gets someone to fall in love,  she very hungry and trys to find out about being an ogre, and she falling love a lot.   No details are spared, from Evie’s constant hunger, eating habits and particular odours, to the eating habits of the other ogres, as well as details surrounding illnesses, death, and beheadings. Which for a middle grade i thought went a bit far in the descriptive area for what and how an ogre acts and feels. I would of love to see the orgre/dragon lore expolored more then it was and the word meat stick used a whole lot less.  I really loved ella enchanted and thought this one would really fall right into my wheel house of good reads but it just did not go that route.  So this one ended up at three for me as it was somewhat humorous in the way Evie was as an ogre and did have a few lessons about staying true to who and what you are.  A three just as it was just a ho hum read for me. 
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, 352 pages. Harper, OCTOBER 2018. $18.Content: GBUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLEKID APPEAL: MEDIUMEvie, 15, has a pretty good life working as an apothecary, herbalist, healer. She takes care of her mother and her best patient, Wormy, is also her best friend. When Wormy suddenly proposes marriage to Evie, however, the fairy Lucinda comes to watch. When Evie says no, Lucinda punishes her by turning Evie into an ogre. Evie has only 62 days to receive a marria Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, 352 pages. Harper, OCTOBER 2018. $18.Content: GBUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLEKID APPEAL: MEDIUMEvie, 15, has a pretty good life working as an apothecary, herbalist, healer. She takes care of her mother and her best patient, Wormy, is also her best friend. When Wormy suddenly proposes marriage to Evie, however, the fairy Lucinda comes to watch. When Evie says no, Lucinda punishes her by turning Evie into an ogre. Evie has only 62 days to receive a marriage proposal and accept it. But who can love an ogre? The fairy Lucinda is meddling again. I love that Levine has revisited the character, no matter how frustrating I find her. I think Levine was one of, if not the, first to twist familiar fairy tales in such funny, wicked ways. I still have all of her books in my library, and they still do well.Cindy, Middle School Librarianhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss.I liked that this was set in the same world as Ella Enchanted and that we get to meet some of the characters when they were younger. However, I didn't think that the characterizations of Evie or Wormy were that dynamic. There was very little growth and that made the conclusion somewhat rushed. I wanted more emotional depth. Overall, I think this would be an adequate addition to a children's collection, but it is too simplistic for a young adult collection.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Ella Enchanted was as one of my favorite books as a kid and still is one of my favorites. It definitely was a reason for off my love of fractured fairy tales, so I was ecstatic to hear about Ogre Enchanted. Ogre Enchanged was an exciting adventure, very fun, and provided a peek into Ella's world (before she was even born). I enjoyed every page! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader's copy.
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    It was fun to revisit the land of Kyrria introduced in Ella Enchanted and see some familiar faces (let’s just say Ella hasn’t been born yet). The story had some fun twists and turns and I really liked the character of Evie. I wasn’t thrilled with the love story, and the plot meandered a bit, but overall the book was enjoyable.
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  • Constance
    January 1, 1970
    Another charming, fun, magical tale from Gail Carson Levine, one of my favorite MG authors!! She weaves a fantastical world that is captivating and, well, enchanting! Very happy she wrote this companion book to Ella Enchanted.
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    (4.5 stars)
  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    January 1, 1970
    I cry
  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    :O :O :O :O!!!!! A prequel to my favorite children's book of all time?! Shut the front door!!
  •  Debra (WifeEclectic)
    January 1, 1970
    More like a 3.5. Ella Enchanted is one of my very favorite books so I had high hopes for this. The beginning was slow and hard to get through, I adored the end.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. It was fun to revisit the land of Kyrria introduced in Ella Enchanted and see some familiar faces. Evie was a fun character although I felt that the love story was lacking. I probably would have devoured this one when I was younger because I loved Ella Enchanted. I felt the story was slow at times and this does take place before Ella is even in the picture. I honestly haven't read Ella Enchanted in so long I didn't know how the sto I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. It was fun to revisit the land of Kyrria introduced in Ella Enchanted and see some familiar faces. Evie was a fun character although I felt that the love story was lacking. I probably would have devoured this one when I was younger because I loved Ella Enchanted. I felt the story was slow at times and this does take place before Ella is even in the picture. I honestly haven't read Ella Enchanted in so long I didn't know how the story connected. A fun read for younger children or the nostalgia factor. Definitely introduce Ella Enchanted first before reading!
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