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Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 New York Times bestselling YA author Alex Flinn is back with magical twists on four fairy-tale favorites, each featuring a little help from Kendra, the witch from Beastly, as she searches through cities and centuries for her lost love.
Being a powerful witch, Kendra has survived it all. Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks. But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she had met centuries ago.
With the help of her magic mirror, Kendra will travel the world to reconnect with her lost love—and, of course, she can’t help but play a hand in a few more stories along the way.
Featuring retellings of favorite fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and The Ugly Duckling, Alex Flinn’s latest young adult novel, Beheld, is fresh fairy-tale fun from beginning to end.
Beheld by Alex Flinn
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA retelling of 4 fairy tales, all featuring Kendra.
Kendra was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. It was interesting to see the part she played in the other fairy tales in this book though.
The storyline in this consisted of 4 short stories one after another, the first was about a girl in a red cloak (Little Red Riding Hood?) but was actually about the Salem witch trials, and featured Ann Putnam talking to a wolf, and accusing Kendra of witchcraft. The second story was about a girl who fell pregnant and told a story about being able to spin straw into gold to try and save herself (Rumpelstiltskin?). The third story was about a man who was cursed, and had to marry a girl and not let her see his face for a year (didn’t recognise this one at all). And the last one was the ugly duckling. I did like the first story, but as the book went on I lost interest, and I was really bored by the time I got to the end. It was interesting the part Kendra played, but she didn’t feature all that much to be honest.
The ending to this was fairly happy for Kendra, but I was pleased to be finished. I think I’ll give this authors other books a miss in future as I haven’t really enjoyed any of them so far.
5 out of 10