Tuesday, January 29, 2013


By Alex Flinn

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.

Like Alex Flinn's other books, A Kiss Across Time, and Beastly, I was happy to be reading her fun and unconventional takes on fairy-tales in modern times. And honestly, I think this is my favorite by her thus far for a couple of reasons: It surprised me at the end, and secondly, it didn't have as much hanky-panky as usual; only one scene I can think of actually. Those were the only things that knocked down my liking for her other books. I loved Emma, she was nice, average, and in a lot of pain and hurt that was totally relateable to I think everyone.  The side story of Kendra and her misnomers was fun, and a little sad at times. But the main story went along with Cinderella...of sorts. I loved the twist at the end that I wasn't expecting. Usually Ms. Flinn does what I'm expecting and she pulled a fast one on me that I really appreciated. 

I give it a 3 out of 5 

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