Bewitching by Alex Flinn – REVIEW

Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
HarperCollins, 336 Pages
Sub-genre: Retelling
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Kendra Chronicles #2

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.

Bewitching is the backstory of the witch who puts the curse on Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Alex Flinn did a retelling of that book as well – Beastly – and it was turned into a movie last year. I haven’t read Beastly or seen its movie counterpart, but I’m familiar with the story of Beauty and the Beast and was in the mood for a little fairytale retelling.

This book was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Kendra is a witch and she just so happens to be “the witch” in a bunch of OTHER fairytales because contrary to popular belief, witches are pretty rare and live forever. She’s “the witch” from The Little Mermaid and learns her tricks of the trade from another witch – the evil one from Hansel and Gretel.

Never having read anything by Alex Flinn, I don’t know what I expected from this book. Honestly, I haven’t read many retellings and am always skeptical of the execution of such things but was pleasantly surprised with this book. She gives the stories in this book alternate (aka “true”) endings and although they are retellings, it feels fresh and new. This was a really cute and fun read for me. Definitely recommend for all you Disney lovers out there, as well as people who love retellings.

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