January 30, 2012

Review: Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Hardcover: 336 pgs
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 14, 2012
Series: Kendra Chronicles

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.

Sidenote: I have seen the movie Beastly, but I've never read the book. To read Lisa's review of Beastly, click here.

Regardless of whether you've seen the film, Beastly, or read the book, you will undoubtedly remember the character of Kendra, the witch who first casts the spell on the Beast (you know, from Beauty & the Beast). Well, Bewitching follows Kendra throughout all 300 years of her life, and all the shenanigans she gets herself into. There is a re-telling of The Little Mermaid, another of the Princess and the Pea, and Kendra herself as Hansel, from Hansel and Gretel. Our over-arching story, though, focuses on a very loose re-telling of Cinderella.

I have to say - I found this book to be absolutely adorable, enchanting and - at the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy - bewitching. Kendra's point of view is filled with humor, sarcasm and the blatant truth that no one ever wants to hear. The way her intended good deeds always seem to backfire in her face is something completely unexpected and hilarious. Personally, I am a huge fan of fairy tales and the morals behind them. So anytime an author can take a story and spin it into something new, I am as happy as a clam!

In my opinion, Alex Flinn successfully transforms these stories for Young Adult readers as good or even better than Gregory McGuire does with Wicked. The stories are engaging, captivating and impossible to put down once started.

If I had to say one bad thing about this book, it's that there should be even more of Kendra! I love her character :)

5 out of 5 stars


  1. aw I love me a good sarcastic and witty heroine. This sounds really fun! Great review!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  2. Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed Bewitching! Alex Flinn

    1. I really did. I think I need to go back now and read Beastly, lol. Congratulations on such amazing work :)

  3. I really enjoy books that spin off of fairy-tales. This sounds wonderful, I cannot wait to read it! Thanks!

  4. I read the book Beastly, but never saw the movie. I loved the Kendra character and want to read more of the books.

    Thanks for the share!

  5. EEP! I can't wait for this one! I read Beastly lastg year and feel in love with it. I love how Alex writes these on a totally Teen comprehensible and non-boring way! The characters are always so believable and witty. XD

  6. P.S. I saw and own the movie but was disappointed in the ending that they chose and how they were missing the best love scene! I liked the alternate ending on it though. Followed the book a little bit more. It was still a good movie, as most movies based off of books are, but after reading Beastly and how well it floweed, the movie just didn't do it justice.

  7. Ooh I want to read this! That cover is awesome too and I enjoyed Beastly!

  8. I loved her other book 'Kiss in time' and I want to read this book so badly!


  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book (and your review of the book!) I think it may be geared more toward a younger YA crowd, but I am 29 and I enjoyed it. I liked the way Flinn was able to show growth in the character through the writing itself. I enjoyed being able to laugh at certain points in the story because I spent so much time being angry! I think that I will definitely read another book by Alex Flinn!

    Thanks for your review!

    Jaime Lynn- GFC


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