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Bewitching

Bewitching
By Alex Flinn
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.



From that description, it sounds like the whole book would be from Kendra's perspective right? And the cover? It looks like Kendra. Well, it's not. The book is all over the place. It started by explaining how Kendra found out she was a witch, which I was enjoying reading about... Then the story changed. Then it changed again. And again.

All of a sudden I was reading about Emma, and the dauphin, and the Titanic, then Emma again. Holy smokes. All of the stories were good, except the Titanic story. It wasn't a book of short stories, but at the same time, it wasn't a single book either. Ms. Flinn should have picked one or the other.

Alex Flinn could have gotten three or four books out of this novel, and I probably would have enjoyed all of them. I was really getting into Kendra's story and I was looking forward to learning more about her. Then it was over. Then right when I was getting excited about what was happening with Emma, they took the story away and made me read about the Titanic. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It may not sound like I liked it, but it was pretty good. Just a disappointing format that didn't agree with me. The ending to Emma's story was wonderful. I loved the twist on the fairy tale she was based on. Really, it made the format problems seem a lot less intense. Read it just for that. Fast-forward through some of the other parts if you need to, just to read the ending. Really. 

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