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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Bewitching (The Kendra Chronicles)
by Alex Flinn
ISBN: 978-0-06-202415-2
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Nothing objectionable, so younger mature reader could definitely enjoy)
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: February 14, 2012

Description: Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in "Hansel and Gretel," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid"-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra's reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of "Cinderella," except the "ugly" stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn

The Good Stuff
  • A delightfully sweet and funny read
  • Kendra is an intriguing and likeable character
  • Like the twists on the fairy tales as nothing is stereotypical which makes it an interesting and never boring read.
  • Nice realistic character development
  • Things are never cut and dried, so no one is truly evil or truly good which I liked
  • Makes me want to read Beastly which I picked up at Word on the Street but haven't had a chance to read yet
  • Love the introduction, it hooks you in and makes you laugh
  • Geeked out about the Titanic subplot
  • Loved the relationship between Kendra and Emma
  • Simply a lovely way to spend a couple of hours escaping from reality and I will be looking for more of Flinn's works to enjoy (Beastly just moved up on the TBR shelf)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I actually prefer the ARC cover, but this one is nice too (the actual cover actually looks closer to the description of Kendra)
  • Storyline jumps around a little with the sub-stories which can be a little disjointing to read
  • Would have liked more of Kendra's actual story
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"If you read fairy tales, and who doesn't, you might believe there are witches all over the place - witches baking children into gingerbread, making princesses sleep hundreds of years, even turning normal teenage boys into hideous beasts to teach them a lesson. But, actually, there are only a few of us. The reason it doesn't seem like that is because we're pretty long-lived. We live hundreds of years, as long as we don't find ourselves fueling a bonfire."

"Did you know that in West African folklore, manatees are considered sacred?" When I shook my head, Warner said, "It's true. And in days of old, sailors used to mistake them for mermaids."
"Sailors must have been pretty hard up for female companionship, huh?"

"So we were all quite happy.
(Kendra's note: except for the helpful witch, who was still banished)"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Those who need a light fun read
  • I imagine if you liked her other books, you will like this one -- but this is my first book by Flinn so I'm just guessing here
  • Fans of Fairy Tale based books will obviously enjoy
  • If you like dark, twisted, non stop action, this will probably not be your thing
4 Dewey's

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  1. Wow, I just may have to check this out. Thanks!


  2. I was eyeing this book at WBB the other day, and might just borrow it from the library. It certainly looks like a fluffy read!

  3. Hey Angel - definitely a fun fluffy book to spend the day with