“Interesting viewpoint. I thought it was weird how the narration would randomly skip to Kendra and one of her failures. Since it had nothing to do with Emma's story, I skipped the last one that happened. But I liked how Emma ended up with the guy, but not exactly they guy she thought she'd be with. ”Sami Alyx wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a great mash-up of fairy tales. I thought I knew how they went, but Flinn mixes them up and creates a story worth reading again and again! ”Rebecca W wrote this review Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting mix of historical fiction with a bit of fantasy.”JamWI (Sharon) wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's not easy being a witch, and Alex Flinn nicely shows that with this novel, which brings back Kendra, the witch who set the curse on Kyle in "Beastly." As a result, readers get a peek into Kendra, where she came from, and why she tries to help with her magic.
It all starts by bringing the reader back to London in 1666, when Kendra's family and village are being brought down the Black Plague. It is through this disaster and an adventure that draws on the tradition of Hansel and Gretel that Kendra's powers come to the fore.
Readers are then jumped to modern-day Florida, where we meet Emma, who is finding her whole world being shaken up. Her step-father has learned that his former wife has died of cancer, and that Lisette, his daughter from that marriage, is going to be moving in. At first, Emma is actually quite excited about the posibility of getting to know her sister and possibly gaining a friend in the process.
Emma is self-conscious about her weight and appearance, and she is definitely not one of the popular girls. This is something that is a disappointment to her mother, who is always encouraging her to do what she can to show everyone how special she is. Emma also finds that all of her dreams seem to be coming true ... at least, that is how it would seem.
Unfortunately, that quickly starts to change. Emma quickly seems to take over everything that was great about Emma's life, including her special time with her dad, the spotlight as she becomes part of the ruling queen bee group, among other things. Pretty much in all things, Emma loses just about anything, and Lisette is blackmailing her to keep it quiet.
The one possible good thing that is still there is that Emma is friends with the strange girl at school. That girls is our star, Kendra. Kendra feels for Emma, but is unsure of whether she should help. She has tried to help in the past, and she sites two stories as to how things can go horribly wrong:
1. The story of Prince Louis who is looking for a wife among the qualified princesses only to find that his mother is doing everything she can to make things difficult, including using a twist taken from "The Princess and the Pea."
2. Poor Doria was a mermaid who fell in love with a young boy who survived the Titanic disaster. With the help of Kendra, Doria is able to reconnect with him, but things go terribly, terribly wrong.
On the other hand, during the telling, Kendra hears from Kyle, who phones her to share his appreciation for what she did for him with her curse.
A Justin Beiber-like character takes on an interesting role as Emma and Lisette's story comes to a very fun and interesting conclusion with a twist on the classic Cinderella tale.
Anyone who enjoys the retelling of fairy tales will definitely find this one enjoyable. I will admit that I found myself going back and forth with my reactions as to how Emma was reacting with regard to her, but I had to tell myself that she is starting off as a middle schooler and carrying through into her sophomore year. With that approach, she makes a lot of sense. She really is a likeable character, and I found myself wanting to see how things would play out for her and Lisette. I think Flinn did a great job with coming up with an conclusion that works quite nicely.”
“it is like a backwards Cinderella. Lisette (Cinderella) is evil, and Emma and her mam are good.”Beth D.2 wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such a amazing book that not only tells Cinderella's, Ariel's, and the Princess and the Pea's story but tell a lot about Kendra that beastly didn't let on about! Loved it!”Ashley Pape wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have read her book "Beastly" and found it to be a very good read. I am continuing to read more of her books. I have to say, this is a good twist on fairytales that I really enjoyed. Very much.”Roston P. Jones wrote this review Saturday, April 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Loved!!!!”Hannah~Of the Slytherpuff Variety wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like the flashbacks to common fairy tales. Didn't get very involved with the story, especially the 2 year jump ahead in time.”Read Junkee wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No