Book Review: “Ogre Enchanted”

Ogre Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

Source: Received in exchange for honest review from Wunderkind PR

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy


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.

Fairy tale retellings are my favorite. Ogre Enchanted takes those elements that I love and makes them into something new.

What I loved:

  • The inversion of the Beauty and the Beast story.
    • Our beast is a young girl who was turned into an ogre.
  • Lucinda was reminiscent of all the other evil fairies (Hello, Maleficent).
  • I really enjoyed ‘seeing’ inside the ogre’s mind.
    • You really got to see Evie struggle to keep a hold on the human side of herself.
    • Evie discovering what ogre skills she possess was fun to read.
  • Even the background on the ogres was fascinating.
    • They have an entire language!
    • The little sprinklings of their culture was really cool.
  • I love that Evie manage to still be herself despite her condition.
    • She really is a healer through and through.
    • She refused to eat thinking creatures and made an effort to pay for things when she stole them.

What I didn’t love:

  • How easily Evie falls into love.
    • I know she’s needing to break the curse but calm down girl.
      • That’s not love.
    • I never want to hear about tingling again.
      • Seriously though. The tingling was never throughly explained.
        • It’s not love. So what was it?
  • The story meanders a bit and starts to drag towards the end.

I feel like I read Ella Enchanted as kid but I’m not really sure. I can’t really speak to how this stands up as a prequel.

In the end, Ogre Enchanted as a fun fairy tale even if you haven’t read Ella Enchanted.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: “Ogre Enchanted”

  1. I’m curious about this but can’t decide if I want to read it. Ella Enchanted was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it’s absolutely held up to rereads as an adult, so I’m nervous to mess with it by reading something else in the same world. Does Ella show up at all? I adore her.


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