Thursday, January 12, 2017

ARC Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

Author: Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles
Publication: HarperTeen (January 10, 2017)

Description: #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.

My Thoughts: This story weaves four classic fairy tales into a surrounding story of Kendra's life from her days as a servant in Salem at the time of the witch trials when she met her true love James to Bavaria in 1812 when she is a bookseller to the 1940s when a young woman needs to find her husband somewhere east of the sun and west of the moon and to the modern day where she finally reconnects with James in a modern high school.

Along the way we have retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and the Ugly Duckling. All of the stories were entertaining though I liked the Ugly Duckling story best. All featured Kendra's magical assistance in one way or another.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it makes me really want to find the other books in the Kendra Chronicles to learn more about this long-lived witch.

Favorite Quote:
I started to dance. I am not a good dancer. To say two left feed is not only a cliche; it grossly overstates my ability, because it would imply that at least one of my feet was competent.
I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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