Bewitching ARC

By Alex Flinn
Published by Harper Teen
To be Published on March 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

I haven't read any books by this author before- what was I thinking?  This was full of fairy tales and was such a satisfying fun book!  Bewitching starts with Kendra's childhood and how she became a witch.  It also talks about her involvement in the "Hansel and Gretel" story.  It was so fun to see those stories tied into a piece of historical fiction.  

The main story surrounds two sisters who resemble a "Cinderella" story.  As that story progresses, Kendra breaks in with her thoughts about what is going on and brings up other tales she has been a part of.  These fairy tale retellings are short- they are brief fun retellings that take some of my favorite fairy tales into new settings (The Little Mermaid- come on!)

Fans and non fans of Alex Flinn and fairy tale retellings will love this book.  She writes with such skill and brilliance that I was completely drawn into the book.  I will absolutely be looking back into the other books that this author has written- I am absolutely a fan now!

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