Review: Bewitching- Alex Flinn

1/5 Stars

Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #2)- Alex Flinn

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Let me preface this by saying that I read Cloaked and I loved it, I thought it was fun and such a cute retelling of the frog prince story. I wanted to like this but 50 pages in I gave up.

Plot:
From Goodreads blurb

Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Little Mermaid”-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra’s reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of “Cinderella,” except the “ugly” stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

PROS:
• The cover is haunting and mysterious. The dark sky and whispy clouds shroud Kendra in an air of magical anticipation mixed with a jaded sense of the past. Plus that killer black dress, I would have loved something so fiercely beautiful for prom.

CONS:
•The conversations between characters often felt stilted and awkward. This took away from the authenticity and believability of the conversations so that they felt forced and robotic.
•Some of the phrasing was off and the sentence structures could have been reworked so that they read more smoothly.
•There were a few typos.
•The cliched phrases killed me every time. When I read things like “dead as a door nail” I cringed. I understand that this may have been intended as a literary technique to make Kendra’s story read more like a fairy tale but it came off as odd and uncreative.
•The characters, from what I gathered in the first 50 pages, were emotionally bankrupt. They had no real staying power and I would not want to follow them on their story because I had no connection to them.

If you like fairy tales, retellings, witches, and magic you might enjoy this.

-BB