Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Kendra tries hard to use her witching powers to benefit humanity, but sometimes this backfires. In Bewitching, we finally get the backstory on Kendra who we first met in Beastly. Kendra finds out she is a witch, when she saves her brother from the plague back in the 1600s. In a take on Hansel and Gretel, Kendra learns from a witch how to develop her powers before the witch attempts to turn Kendra and her brother into gingerbread children. The main story follows Emma and Lisette in a twist on Cinderella. Emma in this case is the stepsister, but the character most in need of Kendra's help. Lisette is beautiful on the outside, but has a poisonous personality. Lisette takes everything from Emma, but possibly with Kendra's help, Emma can win a bit of herself back from Lisette. Interspersed between the main story is two other cases of Kendra's charity, both of which did not work quite according to plan. As usual Flinn's twists on the fairytales are wonderful and enpowering. The end of Emma's and Lisette's tale is inspiring as Emma learns not to settle for second best. I won't say more, so as not to give the end away, but I think it is one of my favorite endings. Flinn's tales of Kendra are magical and will keep the reader entranced up until the last page. This is possibly my favorite of hers.
Favorite Character: Of course, Kendra is great. She is an individual and refuses to conform to what society deems desirable. She tries so hard to help others, but in the end realizes they must help themselves. I also loved Emma, she is strong, smart, and also kind. She learns to love herself and gains back her self-confidence.
Favorite Quote: "Now what are you going to do about it, Emma? Burn me at the stake? Organize a boycott of all the Harry Potter books because they gave me ideas?" "We all stereotype, I guess. I don't usually expect to see pretty girls at a party reading Voltaire."
I absolutely loved this book. Of course 5 bars of chocolate for his one! Hopefully there will be more books with Kendra.

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