Rant and Rave: ‘Bewitching’ by Alex Finn

Many of us have grown up with fairytales, and at some point in our lives, each of us wished to live in one Alex Flinn makes that dream a reality by adding her own twist to a classic fairy tale in her first novel of the Kendra Chronicles, entitled Bewitching.

Book cover courtesy of Goodreads

Bewitching is Flinn’s modern take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. One of the main characters is Kendra Hilferty, who also appeared in the same author’s novel Beastly. The story revolves around a girl named Emma and how her life changes when her stepsister, Lisette, suddenly appears in her life. Kendra takes it upon herself to help Emma adjust, but unexpected events leave them a little more than a glass slipper away from happily ever after.

Despite being the first book in the Kendra Chronicles, there was not much of Kendra in it. The book is fast paced with little foreshadowing. And although the writing style is simple and straightforward, making it an easy read, events and facts come out of nowhere, giving the readers an abrupt ending. There was also little character development because of poor character depth and lack of dimension; it was hard to sympathize with the characters. The plot fortunately made the read enjoyable—one of few redeemable qualities of the book.

On the other hand, the book shows promise since it is not the Cinderella story readers would expect. Still, it is not something that would get readers excited for a next instalment either. Bewitching is charming, but an amiable read at best.

Jonnah Dayuta

By Jonnah Dayuta

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