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