Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book Review: Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Bewitching by Alex Flinn, paperback edition book cover
Alex Flinn

Series: Kendra Chronicles #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback,
Kindle, ebook, international
Published: February 14th 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed

Summary (Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts:

Remember Kendra, the witch who cursed Kyle, the beast on Beastly? Welcome her back.
Bewitching is Kendra's story of becoming and being a witch. It doesn't just contain Kendra's tale but also the people who she tried to help--as the basis whether she should help Emma, the current girl who needs her fairy godmother--er, witch.

The moment I started reading the book, I honestly cannot put it down. It's too painful to do so. It's like Kendra put a spell on the book and she won't let you put it down until you learn her story.

Bewitching is a combination of Little Mermaid, Gingerbread Man, a fairytale whose title-I-didn't-know-so-I'm-sorry and Cinderella. The book started how Kendra found out that she is a witch then alternate of her past and present lives.

I liked the fact that even though this book's got lot of stories told/involved, the point of view remained on whoever the leading character is, and even if it is changed perspective per perspective, it isn't annoying or weird or confusing. I was actually surprised how come I've been around the world through different times with different people in just one book. (When I look on the outside, I would always insist: This should be thicker! It has lots of stories! No way it could be this thin.)

I am really pissed at Emma's gorgeous evil step sister. SHE'S REALLY ANNOYING I COULD RIP ALL OF HER HAIR AT ONCE! Ugh. Buut. I super LOVE the ending. So magical. So amazing. So swoon-worthy. So heart-melting. EVERYTHING!

I also liked that each story told in this book, there's lesson you could learn. How to be brave, how to accept and love and be patient to your step sister even though she is evil--but standing up for yourself anyway, be contented on what you have and not to be choosy, and a lot more. But the lesson that I really liked the most was the one at the ending. You'll know when you read the book. ;)

Overall, I LOOOOVED how the whole book was amazingly written. How the stories connect even if they don't really connect, how fresh ideas pop in each and every page. It's like I'm eating my fave food over and over again and never get tired of it because there are surprises in every bite. I mean. This. Book. Is. Really. AWESOME.

Reading Bewitching was an AMAZING experience. It was a really nice ride. The one that I couldn't ever (like, ever) forget. I'm actually thinking of asking for a witch rather than a fairy godmother. What do you think? ;)

This isn't my first Alex Flinn book, but it is so far my best-est read from her. She's now my fairytale re-teller goddess!

I would recommend this to all fairytale geeks like me--which I know there are LOTS out there. You don't have to read Beastly to enjoy this because it's not continuation of Kyle's (the beast) story and Kendra's got little spotlight there, but if you wish to read it first, then off you go. Just don't forget to read this SOON.

For everybody!!!! :D

Similar books: My Fair Godmother series by Janette Rallison

Book cover comment/s:
I would like to see Kendra smirking, smiling or something looking like she's got a secret to tell you rather than to have this expressionless face. It's not Kendra at all.

Alternate covers:

< --- This cover, I believe, was the first alternate cover. I saw this on Goodreads before but now, it is nowhere to be seen. I'm so glad I saved it because I really loved it. But if you'd ask me, I'll choose the cover above. Because this looks like a cover who's doing fashion show on a Book Covers Show. The one above looked more like witch-y after all.

German edition.
It's got different name (Magical) and there's Cinderella's famous glass slippers!

* Haven't read Bewitching? You can by winning this book!
Tomorrow, December 27th, I will posting my list of Best Books Read for the Best of 2012 giveaway hop in which I added Bewitching on my list! Good luck in advance. ;)

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