Bewitching

Bewitching

Alex Flinn’s book Bewitching gives some insight into Kendra, the witch behind Beastly.  The book delves into Kendra’s past, including some of her previous failures (you’ll recognize some familiar stories: Hansel and Gretel, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella). Kendra is torn – should she help Emma, a girl with a conniving stepsister, or should she stay away to avoid courting disaster?

Kendra is an interesting character. I like how she accepts her failures.

I also like that Emma is a decent person despite everything – but is also realistic and credible.

Lissette (the stepsister) is understandable even though she is an awful person.

I loved the weaving in of so many classic fairy tales.

The only drawback is how immature Kendra seems.  She’s supposed to be over a hundred years old, and yet she thinks and acts like a teenager.  I know this is the target audience, and she does explain why she prefers the company of teens – I just find that part of things a little unrealistic.

Great book overall though!  4 / 5

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