Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Review: Bewitching by Alex Flinn

  Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #2)


Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn't.

I go to a new school now--one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I'm not still here because I'm stupid; I just don't age.

You see, I'm immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years--except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the "Titanic" lifeboat? I don't even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn't get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl--and it isn't an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.

I think Alex Flinn is amazing. Even though none of her books have earned the coveted 5-star rating on this blog, I love them for their ingenuity. She takes such a familiar story, and completely reinvents it. And unlike most fairy tale retellings, she plops her characters down into the real world and gives them real-life situations the deal with.

And the best part of this is having Kendra meddle in their lives. Kendra is one of my favorite YA characters. She’s spunky, plus she’s a witch. She has a wicked attitude, but she’s still a teenage girl (just one who’s been alive for hundreds of years). Though the majority of this book isn’t narrated by Kendra, when she pops in the leave her piece of mind, it ever so memorable.

I’m not sure exactly what I thought of Emma. At times she could be really irritating, but then I would step back and take a look at the big picture, and understand better where she was coming from, making her more tolerable. One thing I did enjoy was seeing Emma play the role of the ugly stepsister, and our Cinderella being cast as the villain.

Once again Alex Flinn manages to deliver a highly enjoyable modern fairytale with a whole new twist. (And props to Alex for throwing Into the Woods in there!)


1 comment:

  1. I really liked the twist on Cinderella :) And Kendra was a great character! I liked her spunk and I could be friends with her in real life.



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