Saturday, 14 April 2012
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
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 Rating : 4 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : Bewitching is a black and white tale of a good witch who isn’t exactly good in being a witch and sometimes her magic go away from the expected course although her purpose were always good. Yes, I’m talking about Kenda, the witch who put curse on Kyle Kingsley and turned him into a beast to teach him some lessons of love and life. Beastly wasn’t her only curse, that was one of her many curses.
The book was broke into several stories told from many point of views. Each of them was a brief literary description of past exploits, portraying Kendra’s magical unfortunate and unpredictable outcome were fun and interesting way of retelling fairy tales with historical interpretation.
Journey of a Witch
The book opens with a scene of England, 1666 where a teenage girl was mourning in grief for her family, killed in deadly plague. She has left no one but her dying brother. Unconscious with her own power, she saved her little brother and ran away with him. But fate had some other plan for her, a different way in which she has to walk on her own, no family, no friends because she was an immortal witch. Upon discovering what she is Kendra started her journey and crosses path with many events that left deep scars on history.
The author painted both lighter and darker parts of Kendra’s life aligned side by side. Since her best intentions don’t always function properly result in some ill and unforeseen consequences, we can’t not mark her as an evil witch; I rather call just a lonely girl tired of being alone for 500 years and trying to help others. Kendra is kind, well rendered, sometimes disoriented and flawed character.
As I mentioned the novel is broken into several stories that we experience both her success and failures same time.
A small time travel through history and recalling few of our childhood fairy tales gave us clear picture of Kendra’s witching mishaps where the lonely French prince and little mermaid didn’t get their happily ever after .
A Cinderella Story
We have always been sympathetic to a beautiful orphan girl who lived in cinder and wrath of her evil step mother and sisters. What if it’s not always true what we see, what if the step mother knew that the orphan girl is actually some twisted little bitch not worthy of pity, what if we have always mistaken the step sister who actually trusted the orphan girl and fall in trap enough to represent her as villain .
When Lisette came to live with Emma’s family, they have taken her in as their own and Emma love her more than a step sister and foolish enough to fall for her kind words but Emma’s mother knew Lisette is not what she appears to be. Not a little fragile orphan girl, Lisette was jealous and vengeful; she took everything for Emma, her friends, her boyfriend, even love of her father. So our Kendra poped in and tried to help, but you see not always her craft goes wrong.
Leaving behind the so called Cinderella story in pages, welcome to the modern world where a little drama, few tear drops and manipulation is enough to make you princess of thousand hearts.
I was immediately attached to Emma. She was not beautiful and perfect like her step sister Lisette , but she was sweet and innocent , kind and empathetic average teenage girl who always tries to see the good in everyone.
Alex Flinn has some great talent to adapt the story from our favorite childhood fairy tales, twisted and blended it in modern contemporary society, representing a new kind of fantasy both young and adults will fall in love with. From Beastly to A Kiss in Time, each of her book kept me engrossed in pages, Bewitching was no exception.
Losing yourself in a new kind of fairytale retelling, Bewitching is kind of story you will continue reading and finish with a huge smile in your face.
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