Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 14th 2012
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.
Short and Sweet:
If I had to describe Bewitching in one word, the first word that comes to mind is choppy. Although the tale is suppose to center around Emma and Kendra, there are a lot of other characters that are included. It is almost like Finn created a mini Grimm's fairy tale book. Hansel and Gretel. The Little Mermaid. Cinderella. All these tales are there mixed in with the main premise. The reasoning for the choppy description is due to the overpowering mix of fairy tales. (Never thought I would say that.)
Bewitching is just as much about Kendra as it is about Emma. I love fairy tales, but I wish that Finn had stuck to one main tale and maybe thrown in some back story vs. starting with Kendra's past… fast forward to Emma's tale. Pause. Add another tale that speaks about Kendra's past experience, then to only resume Emma's tale again. And then repeat. As it stands, Emma's tale is broken up in three parts with two of Kendra's placed beween the acts, so to speak. It gives great insight into Kendra, but takes away all the effect from Emma's tale. And Emma's tale was fascinating. One of the most original Cinderella takes that I have seen for a while. Too bad it was bogged down by unneeded additions and an ending that felt way too rushed to be enjoyed fully.