Bewitching can be a beast. . . .
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.
Series: Kendra Chronicles #2
Published February 14th 2012 by HarperTeen
Let me tell you a little story of how I met Alex made-of-fairytale-awesome Flinn in a (horrible) fairytale type retelling…
Once upon a time, in a land full of unread books and dusty bookshelves, a young wild girl was searching for a book to read. She was me. She was a neophyte, an ignorant to the wonderful world of real YA after Twilight. A book entitled “Beastly” caught her attention like a shining needle in a haystack. It was a fairytale retelling of the famous Beauty and the Beast. I’ll answer the question why it didn’t deem worthy of a review later, btw. In a modern world. Despite the warnings her mind sent, her heart just dig fairytale mash ups like how she would dig into dark chocolate (fantasies) so she BOUGHT the damn thing. Plus it was with the fascinating cover of Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer. Can the book get more awesome than that?
She was greatly disappointed that she wanted to throw herself off the Leaning Tower of Pisa and meet a squishy death. Good thing, she’s too epic to die just like that. The book’s simplicity made me fume but it was because I soared my expectations so high. I found the plot so bland and colorless. It was flat. Lifeless. But it did serve the purpose. Kendra Hilferty was already introduced in Beastly and I was interested in her the very moment her name appeared on the book. Who could resist witches? Not me. Anyways, onto the actual review.
Bewitching is a light and humorous read and at the same time, a complex and touching story that focuses on the rise and fall of the witch Kendra as she (unfortunately) venture through the world during the later times where witches and mermaids were still believed by townsfolk, not just their children. It was a cover love. I imagined myself looking like this while “admiring” the cover. Kendra looked so melancholic and beautiful and cold. Silly daydreams of a fairytale and witches junkie. What I absolutely loved in this book is the lesson, used many times but in many forms. Bewitching was another form of the lesson but nonetheless, it was one of the best. Kahlil Gibran’s, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
The rendering twisty plot began with Kendra and her brother, they were the only ones left after in their fam during the Great Plague, in a twisted situation of Hansel and Gretel. She struggled with her awakening powers as a witch there. But it was really an admiring thing that she still makes me smile even if she’s in a very deadly situation. The story ran along with Emma and Lisette introduced. Stepsisters. Their characters are so flawed…in a very good way. In fact, it made me enjoy the book more as slowly their personalities intertwine and I dived deeper into a relationship of the vengeful sort. It was a twisted Cinderella story. Frustration marred my beliefs, WHO IS REALLY THE CINDERELLA HERE? *flips table*
Kendra also helped the Prince of France, the little mermaid (well, I wouldn’t say it as a help…more like a push to *censored because of spoiler-alert*) and believe me, those twisted retellings got me. You’ll be anticipating Kendra’s POV every chapter because it’s bloody amusing. The way her quirks as a witch harms the side characters more often than not, I kid you not. Now I’m speaking young Kendra-ish. Everything was in multiple: plots and POVS. But the factor of readability lies in those two. It was well-written, spellbinding even. Unlike most multiple POV books I've read, Bewitching passed the safe side and more.
On the love interest aspect, I should probably warn you about WARNer. No pun intended..not. So I got confused with the who’s-the-Cinderella? thingy well then, let me add up the Prince-Charming-in-frog-suit part too. I shed a few tears during the hardest part and smiled tenderly during the sweetest conclusion of Emma’s love story. *throws Travis in*
Warner in my perspective
Ah, this retelling is the most twisted ever in a very amazing way. I loved it with the heart of a thousand witches slain. Oopss…no offense oh great Kendra ;) I love the chapter titles of your POV, they’re hilarious. No more spoilers so that you can really enjoy the essence of the book just as I did. A must-read, you can’t just let this pass you.
“In stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, they always say the heroine is 'as good as she is beautiful.' I wondered if people just wanted that to be true, wanted the beautiful to be good. I wondered if they wanted the ugly to be bad because then they wouldn't have to feel bad for them.”
I knew he was going to kiss me, and suddenly I didn't want him to, not because I didn't like him. I did. I always had. But because I wanted to preserve this moment, this slice of time when the night was cool and bright with reflected moonlight and the possibility of a kiss hung between us, full of unspent promise. Every event in my life after this would be different because I would have been kissed. Was I ready?