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Bewitching by Alex Flinn

26 Mar

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Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Goodreads Summary:  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 am a fan of “altered” fairy tales.  I enjoyed Flinn’s Beastly.  When I found out that Bewitching was another story about Kendra, I couldn’t wait to read it.  I was not disappointed.

What I liked about the book: I liked that in Bewitching we learn Kendra’s back story – how she became the witch she is today.  Though the main focus of Bewitching is a rather unique twist on Cinderella we also get a new take on several other fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, The Little Mermaid, and the Princess and the Pea.) I enjoyed the way the story switched back and forth between Emma/Lisette’s story and Kendra’s history.  It was a quick and enjoyable read.

What I didn’t like about the book: When the story focused on the rather upside down version of Cinderella (Emma and Lisette’s story), I felt that Kendra was more of a secondary character.  We don’t really see the role she plays until close to the end of the story.  It wasn’t something that kept the story from being enjoyable, but I would like to have seen more of the story from Kendra’s point of view.

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