Bewitching by Alex Finn Review

Fairy tales spun into historic moments with a little bit of modern influence make this book a page turner!

Alex Finn

Publication Date:
February 3, 2012

HarperCollins Canada

Hardcover, 304 pages

CAD $19.99



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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.

About The Author

Alex Flinn was born in Glen Cove, New York. Before going to law school, she received a degree in vocal performance (opera) from the University of Miami. She practiced law for ten years before becoming a full-time author. She based her first book, Breathing Underwater, on her experiences interning with the State Attorney’s Office and volunteering with battered women. Breathing Underwater, which is about dating violence, won the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award in 2004. She has written several books including Diva, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and A Kiss in Time. Her current title Beastly has been published in three editions and made Publishers Weekly best seller list.


The book was provided by the publisher HarperCollins Canada for an honest review with no compensation provided.

In the beginning Kendra is a mere mortal trying to save her only living family member from the plague. Her parents, her sister are all dead. With help from a rumor that a witch can save her brother she goes to seem her out only to find out she’s gone. In an effort to save her brother Charlie she grabs some herbs from the witch’s garden and makes some medicine for him. Like a miracle he survives and they entire out of their village. Along the way she finds a house made out of gingerbread. This is only the beginning of her tale, but the main story revolves around Lisette and Emma.

The writing is fast paced and I absolutely loved Emma. Now here’s a character who is not beautiful for once. Whose looks are plain and simple, and she’s a rather voracious reader herself! I still don’t understand why Emma thinks her looks matter so much. I hated how she would say Lisette was always beautiful. Beauty is found on the inside as well and she definitely had no inner beauty.

Gah as for Lisette! Seriously wanted to punch her. Everyone knows she was being a fake but Emma being too trysting and kind thought the best in her which was a lie.

I had such a fab time reading this book! Little known tales like Hansel and Gretal, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid all spun into this one little book. I also love how the magic mirror made its appearance! Mind you, they are sub chapters in the book that divides these fairy tales, but they’re not as intrusive as I thought it would be.

Rating 4/5


“I may be young, but I am strong. I have power born of passion.”—Kendra (26)

“My life, once lived, could not unlive itself.”—Kendra (39)

“I knew I wasn’t ugly or fat either, just plain, like the heroines in books I loved, like Jane Eyew or Little Women. Of course, those gurk’s usually end up getting the guy.”—Emma (52)

“In stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beasr, 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 sorry for them.”—Emma (162)


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