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Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"It is the story of Kendra and her first 300 or so years of life. In Bewitching, Kendra ponders whether to help out a modern day plain-looking stepsister, while also reflecting on her experiences in the 1666 British plague, the court of Louis XV, and on the Titanic." (Source: author's Facebook intro)

Goodreads Summary

Another amazing fairy tale from Author Alex Flinn.  This is a book to watch out for come February!  The reader is introduced to Kendra Hillferty, a young girl with too much responsibility on her shoulders.  Her entire family is suffering from the plague, one of the only member of her family left alive is her brother.  Kendra doesn't know it yet, but she is a witch.  She makes this astounding discovery when she heals her brother who was at the brink of death.  Knowing that she will be charged and tried as a witch, Kendra takes her brother and runs.

Kendra doesn't seem to have very good luck.  She finds a gingerbread house that appears to be empty.  Starving, her brother and her decide to stop and eat.  The reader will likely know what happens after the witch who owns the gingerbread home comes back...  Kendra's bad luck doesn't end there.  She attempts to help a mermaid, an attempt that goes horribly wrong; she tries to help a prince, but she is banished instead.  Finally, Kendra has found a stable-ish life.  She goes to high school and stands out, but is relatively normal as compared to her prior self.  It is there that she meets a potential friend and someone she could maybe help.  She knows how her "helping" has turned out over the centuries and is understandably wary. 

Kendra's character is different.  She is certainly not like most main characters a reader will find in other books.  She has "personality" and isn't one to be pushed around.  Clever, enigmatic, and with a sense of humor, the reader will enjoy Kendra's narration of events and past stories.  The other secondary characters are just as interesting, from all walks of life and status levels.  The events were fast-paced and exciting, these stories were not necessarily predictable.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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