Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bewitching Tale

BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn (HarperCollins 2012) combines the tales of The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, and the Titanic and King Louis. What's that, you say? Trust me. This book manages to jump centuries with ease and move from the archetypes of fairy tales to historical fiction with ease. All that is due to the skill with which Flinn takes the reader from the beginning of the Kendra's life as a witch to her latest incarnation in the lives of Emma and Lisette, newly introduced step-sisters. Along the way,we have flashbacks that put us on the Titanic, take us under the sea with The Little Mermaid, and then to the Court of Versailles. The novel is bewitching and thoroughly absorbing with more than a few surprises along the way. <74>

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