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Review: ‘Bewitching’ by Alex Flinn

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Review: ‘Bewitching’ by Alex FlinnBewitching by Alex Flinn
Published by HarperTeen on February 14th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
four-stars
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 theTitanic 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.

About Alex Flinn

I started writing an early (and laughable) version of Breathing Underwater in college (I was really bored on a car trip with my parents). I didn't get back to it until I had my first daughter, Katie. I'm self-taught. I went to the library and took out books on writing. Then, I read a lot of young-adult novels by writers I admired, particularly Richard Peck. Reading his books is like listening to Mozart -- you learn the right way to write a novel. Then, you fill in your own style. I actually got to meet Richard Peck in person at a workshop of the Key West Literary Seminar. Lots of writers have been really helpful to me, especially Richard and fellow YA author, Joyce Sweeney.

I think I write for young-adults because I never quite got over being one. In my mind, I am still 13-years-old, running laps on the athletic field, wearing this really baggy white gymsuit. I'm continually amazed at the idea that I have a checking account and a mortgage. So I try to write books that gymsuit girl might enjoy. It's a way of going back to being 13...knowing what I know now.
Right now, I live half a mile away from my old middle school, in Palmetto Bay, a suburb of Miami, with my husband, Gene, and daughters, Katie and Meredith.

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review

In the beginning Kendra is a mere mortal trying to save her only living family member from the plague. Her parents, her sister are all dead. With help from a rumor that a witch can save her brother she goes to seem her out only to find out she’s gone. In an effort to save her brother Charlie she grabs some herbs from the witch’s garden and makes some medicine for him. Like a miracle he survives and they entire out of their village. Along the way she finds a house made out of gingerbread. This is only the beginning of her tale, but the main story revolves around Lisette and Emma.

The writing is fast paced and I absolutely loved Emma. Now here’s a character who is not beautiful for once. Whose looks are plain and simple, and she’s a rather voracious reader herself! I still don’t understand why Emma thinks her looks matter so much. I hated how she would say Lisette was always beautiful. Beauty is found on the inside as well and she definitely had no inner beauty.

Gah as for Lisette! Seriously wanted to punch her. Everyone knows she was being a fake but Emma being too trysting and kind thought the best in her which was a lie.

I had such a fab time reading this book! Little known tales like Hansel and Gretal, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid all spun into this one little book. I also love how the magic mirror made its appearance!. Mind you, they are sub chapters in the book that divides these fairy tales, but they’re not as intrusive as I thought it would be.


quotes

I may be young, but I am strong. I have power born of passion. (26)
My life, once lived, could not unlive itself. (39)
I knew I wasn’t ugly or fat either, just plain, like the heroines in books I loved, like Jane Eyre or Little Women. Of course, those gurk’s usually end up getting the guy. (52)
In stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, they always say the heroine is “as good as she is beautiful.” I wondered if people just wanted that to be true, wanted the beautiful to be good. I wondered if they wanted the ugly to be bad because then they wouldn’t have to feel sorry for them.(162)

rating

4/5

four-stars

9 Comments

  1. Irish

    June 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    If I want a fairy tale retelling, I always trust Alex Flinn’s books. I love Beastly and Bewitching especially Kendra. I hope there are more Kendra stories in the future or her own fairy tale ending too, perhaps? 😀
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    • Giselle

      June 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I have to read the others yet!! Didn’t know they were all in a series.

  2. Deborah Ann

    August 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I am so slow! I read beastly and I have seen this book around but I never knew it was related! Uggh I have been missing out! I love Kendra and would love to read more about her after beastly and before!! Thanks for the review!

  3. Jaime Lester

    May 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I loved this story! I really did. I loved all of Kendra’s little short stories interspersed with Emma and Lisseth’s story. Emma was a great character. Lisseth I wanted to punch in the nose. Kendra is fantastic! I really loved this story. I will definitely be reading more from Alex Flinn!

  4. Cali W.

    April 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Great review! I loved Beastly, so I must find this book too!

  5. nurmawati djuhawan

    October 30, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    i like alex’s novels..but i haven’t read bewitching before…
    i think this is a great book..thx u so much for the review 🙂

  6. Grace Lo

    October 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Nice review. Quick, to the point, and not at all long. (Unlike mine :P) While I’m glad you enjoyed the book, I personally thought Alex Flinn’s first books were pretty good, but still casual reads, and when I hunted down the rest of the books, they were only mehs. As for Bewitching, I did get a little bit of it read, but it didn’t have that THING to draw me in, so I couldn’t finish it. Although I do intend on eventually finishing the book, it’s not too high up on my TBR list.

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  8. Latoya

    March 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Oh, this is one that I really want to read I listened to Cloaked and read Beastly….thanks for the review!

  9. Karen Cardoso

    March 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Great review! 🙂 I’ve been wondering if it was any good. I see this around our local bookstore here. I guess I need to buy a copy. Kudos!

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