Book Review: Bewitching

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Bewitching Bewitching in 2012
Pages: 336

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 Review:

I loved loved LOVED Beastly, the first book in this series, and I was so looking forward to reading this one. I love fairy tale retellings and Alex Flinn’s are usually particularly full of fluffy cute fun-ness! Unfortunately, though, Bewitching just didn’t compare.

The weird thing is, I can’t pinpoint what exactly bothered me about the book. It was a decent retelling, mixing familiar element with original twists. It featured several different fairytales which I loved in Cloaked. But instead of flying through in a single night the way I did with all the rest of her books, I spent the better part of a week reading a few pages here and there before I’d get bored and put it back down again.

For one thing, the two main characters were incredibly frustrating. The stepsister, Lisette,  is a manipulative b*tch with no background – I understand the necessity of such a character in some books, and I can even be okay with it if we’re given an explanation of how they got that way, but Sister Dearest simply is and aside from the deaths of her parents (which should cause grief not malevolence) I just can’t see how she became that way.

Emma is almost more annoying – she’s a complete doormat, never standing up for herself, but crying ALL. THE. TIME. about how awful it is to be around Lisette. You have to admit, at least half of the reason Lisette had so much control was because Emma did something stupid, and Lisette found out and lorded it over her. If Emma were just willing to stand up for herself, take her punishment and move on, then Lisette wouldn’t have been able to pull off all that ridiculous blackmail!

The only redeeming part of the novel was the short stories about Kendra’s beginnings. They’re scattered throughout our history, pairing up a fairy tale with a major historical event – like The Little Mermaid with the sinking of the Titanic. I found them fascinating, because they really painted a picture of how Kendra became who she is in Beastly.

I will probably still read the next book in the series, as I’m a big fan of Alex Flinn’s work in general, but unless something in Bewitching turns out to be incredibly important in another book in the series, I’d recommend skipping this one.

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  1. Aww, that sucks that this one wasn’t as good as Beastly. I really liked that one! I do want to read more of Alex Flinn’s novels … they’re fun retellings and I like that. :)

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