Monday, February 18, 2013

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Bewitching (the Kendra Chronicles)
by Alex Flinn
Published by HarperCollins, 2012
352 pages (hardcover)

Bewitching can be a beast. . . .
Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out alright. 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 every-thing 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. (from

I had been wanting to read an Alex Flinn novel for a while and the premise of this book seemed rather interesting. And, ultimately, the overall story was pretty good. It was a new take on Cinderella with some surprise twists and interesting characters.

HOWEVER, the book was told from the perspectives of quite a few difference characters which made the flow of the book choppy. In fact, some of Kendra’s back stories seemed awkwardly placed and not necessary. AND I wish more of the story had been told from Kendra’s point of view because I enjoyed her sassy and sarcastic voice. It seems as though we will hear more of Kendra’s stories in the future so I really do hope her voice is the main focus.

Overall this was a light-hearted story that was fun to read. Sure, it could have been better, but it was an easy way to get away for a few hours.

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