2 Reviews: “Bewitching” by Alex Flinn and “Fairy Lies” by E.D. Baker

For the love of books

Another of my reviews that never made it to the Examiner.

Scribo, Ergo Sum

The front cover of "Bewitching"Bewitching is…bewitching.  Okay, okay…it’s very unusual.  For one thing, Alex Flinn’s writing style and her aptitude for reading the young adult mind are always a pleasure to sample.  And as I was delighted with her other fairy tale retellings, I already anticipated that Bewitching would be special.  And it is.

For one thing, I’ve never seen the popular Cinderella turned 360 degrees around before, where the “heroine” is simply a conniving brat who makes use of her looks, while the “evil stepsister” is a shy bookworm who only tries to befriend her.  Flinn doesn’t disappoint with the originality of her narrative or the way this time she connects history to her fairy tales.  Kendra, the “villain” from Beastly, is back.  And from active participation in a personalized Hansel and Gretel situation to a historical re-imagining of The Princess and the Pea and tying the Titanic disaster to The Little Mermaid, Bewitching is…

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