Bewitching ((Kendra Chronicles #2)

Bewitching ((Kendra Chronicles #2)

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by Alex Flinn

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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 alright. 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


Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out alright. 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 every-thing 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 . . .


Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mandy R. Simon
Kendra found out she was a witch after surviving the infamous plague of 1666. So long as she can avoid being burned at the stake, she will live forever. She has spent the last few hundred years helping people fall in love, deal with real-life villains, achieve their dreams, and fulfill their wishes. The story focuses on present-day Emma, who has a great relationship with her stepfather, until her stepsister, Lisette, shows up. Very close in age, the two are initially friends until Emma realizes that Lisette is not what she seems. Kendra explains her perspective of Emma's story, aligning it with similar situations from her past: a love story on the Titanic, the courtship of King Louis of France, and The Little Mermaid, to name a few. Unpredictable and entertaining twists engage the reader in each side story and connect fantasy to the contemporary drama of Emma's real-life issues. Kendra is a wise and likable character, and no doubt Flinn's fans will be satisfied with Bewitching. Flinn weaves her interpretation of fairy tales, a good dose of historical fiction, and contemporary high school drama into an intriguing and relatable novel. Fans of fairy tale adaptations, fantasy, and teen romance will love this book. It is recommended for middle school and up. Reviewer: Mandy R. Simon
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Flinn's latest fairy-tale mash-up revisits the witch from Beastly (HarperTeen, 2007). The story jumps right in with Kendra explaining how she came to be a witch. In 1666, she fled her plague-ridden village in England with her little brother (and only surviving family member). The young witch was unaware of the full extent of her powers and near starving when she wandered lost in a vast forest with Charlie. The two stumbled upon a cottage that was constructed of sweet-smelling gingerbread, but as soon as the first delicious bite was swallowed, a witch captured them and declared her intention to "bake" them into cookies. Kendra harnessed her own newfound witchy powers and honed her wits to fool the elder witch and break free. She then went on to live as an eternal teenager, causing mischief in her attempts to "help" those in need. In addition to this "Hansel and Gretel" retelling, Bewitching visits "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Little Mermaid," but the main focus is on stepsisters Emma and Lisette. Emma takes over narrating the story of how beautiful and manipulative Lisette comes to live with her. Through lies and machinations she takes over Emma's life. Average-looking Emma is left with almost nothing until she starts a romance with fellow bookworm Warner. But when Lisette manages to even steal her boyfriend, Emma turns to Kendra for help. With hints of "Cinderella" and a sprinkling of valuable life lessons for teens ("beautiful on the outside does not mean beautiful on the inside" and "accept your own shape and size"), Emma's story will leave readers cheering. Bewitching is a humorous and engaging read that will appeal to those who love classic tales.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This entertaining twist on "Cinderella" centers on a centuries-old witch who sometimes helps her friends. Kendra's family died in the plague in 1666, the year she discovered she was a witch. Throughout the centuries, Kendra occasionally uses her powers to aid people, but not always to good effect. So Kendra hesitates when she meets Emma, a girl tormented by her new stepsister, Lisette. Lisette, the Cinderella character in the story, turns out to be the evil one, with dorky, bookish Emma the victim. Gorgeous, talented Lisette cares for no one but herself and successfully, it seems, steals Emma's beloved stepfather's affections, her jewelry, her clothes, her room and her car, and she seems to have her sights set on Emma's new boyfriend. Kendra, however, recounts several stories of magic gone bad, and isn't sure she ought to intervene. When finally she does, the story takes a delightfully surprising twist. Flinn throws in retellings of "Hansel and Gretel," "The Little Mermaid" and "The Princess and the Pea," along with the overriding Cinderella scenario, and she keeps the narrative moving along in sprightly fashion. It all adds up to plenty of fun that should appeal to many readers, particularly those who will delight in seeing the familiar tales in their new clothes. It's often touching, with an undercurrent of wry comedy, some history and a bit of a moral thrown in, as in any good fairy tale. Clever and enjoyable. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Kendra Chronicles Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor's Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Beastly is now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wrote A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty; Cloaked, a humorous fairy-tale mash-up; Bewitching, a reimagining of fairy-tale favorites, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra, the witch from Beastly; and Towering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel. Her other books for teens include Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her family.

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Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OhmeeGosh!! Kendra is so funny. This book is about a bookworm(like me) girl named Emma. She has a perfect life with a wonderful father. One day, he tells her she has astepsister. She manipulate people with her sob story and pretty face. Emma struggles with this because one night,her stepsister blackmails her. After two years, her crush from eighth grade, comes into the picture. Warren. They supposedly fall in love. He ends up with her unloving stepsister (At least to him) . Heartbroken, Emma's best and only friend Kendra attempts to come tothe rescue with a few trix up her sleeve. What could possibly go wrong? Oh yeah, magic.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
OMG! Bewitching by Alex Flinn is ALL CONSUMING - it will draw you in and won't spit you back out until your reading the final notes! It is that awesome! And even after you've finished, you're left reminiscing and yearning to get back to sweet Emma and Kendra. Kendra with all her witchy kookiness and her touch-and-go not always effective methods of help. Don't expect to zoom through this novel because Bewitching maintains a lyrical as well as whimsical rhythm that suits the story very nicely. I enjoyed and savored every page. I usually don't re-read my books because reading it once quells my needs, but I see myself reading Bewitching over and over and never tiring. Alex Flinn has such a mesmerizing writing style that is hard to put in words, but easily understood once you delve into her work. I love how Kendra is not perfect, far from it in fact. Her voice is very strong and you just can't help but feel for her and want to know/read more. Emma, is a wonderful character that I would be ecstatic to befriend. She has such a strong persona even in her times of despair. The different take on how the stepsister and stepmother being the good ones, and the beauty being evil is endearing. It's such a great story for kids to look up to, and for them to understand that it doesn't take to be the stereotype to end up on top. I whole heartedly wanted to ring Lisette's neck, and I still do if it were possible =) Alex Flinn has a way with her characters that has me looking forward to reading more of her work. Her way of twisting well-known fairy-tales is an art form! I felt my heart drop, crushed, angered, ripped out, and loved. I'm captivated!! Bewitched! As for the ending, I will just say "Thank You!" Thank you for giving my heart peace =D A DEFINITE MUST READ NOW NOVEL!! A 2012 FAVORITE!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
What if the fairy tales we all grew up on got it wrong? What if the evil step-sisters weren't so bad, but cruelly manipulated by Cinderella? What if the mermaid didn't get her "happily ever after" with her prince,but a tragic end? What if the witch wasn't an evil shrew, but just a lonely girl who tries to help others, sometimes with disastrous results? Bewitching, re-telling classic tales through the eyes of the witch, breathes new life into these stories and shows us (to quote my favorite witch, Alex Russo) "everything is not what it seems". I have to start by saying that Bewitching caught me completely off-guard. I expected the story to be a little fun and cute, but I didn't expect the lessons learned and to have as much fun as I did! The story is primarily from Kendra's point-of-view, but does switch to the view of the character she is helping at the moment, mainly Emma. Emma is a sweet, but plain girl, bookish and quiet, living a happy life with her mother and step-father. But her life takes a dramatic turn when her beautiful, perfect, and seemingly fragile step-sister Lisette comes to live with them after her mother's death. Emma is desperate for a sister, and wants to be close to Lisette, but it quickly becomes apparent that Lisette is out to destroy Emma, out of jealousy. Because she is so sweet and seems innocent and broken, Lisette (Cinderella?) is automatically given the benefit of a doubt. Emma, who is plain and quiet, rarely has the courage to speak up for herself, is quickly forced into the role of the "evil stepsister". Kendra, for the most part is a quiet observer to Emma's pain, only offering bits of advice. But when Lisette goes too far in her effort to destroy Emma, she decides to step in and help. Will her efforts turn out as tragically as it did with a certain mermaid? Or will she be able to change a life for the better, as she did with the Beast? Bewitching is the first of Alex Flinn's books I've had the pleasure to read. I had heard about Beastly, but not until it became a movie and that's most likely because I have a super-strong Alex Pettyfer radar. But now I'm sure to hunt more of her books down and read them. The tale is told in a fun, conversational manner that made me feel as if Kendra and I were having a nice, long chat. The stories she wove into Emma's (the night the Titanic sank, a young French prince searching for a wife) were nice asides that expanded upon the lesson Kendra was conveying. Bewitching, with a clear message about remaining true to oneself, is a great book for young readers. I could absolutely see a reluctant teen (or tween), snatching this book up and devouring it. But, it's also a story that adults, at least those young at heart, can enjoy! Favorite Quote: "She stared at me, at my open mouth. 'Now, what are you going to do about it, Emma? Burn me at the stake? Organize a boycott of all the Harry Potter books because they gave me ideas?' " * I received an ARC of Bewitching from Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex flinn is a great writer! Looking forward to this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In just a few short lines, Author Alex Flinn has told us about the genre, setting, and main character of the novel Bewitching. This is a  classic, modern day version of Cinderella and Alex Flinn did a great job. Her writing style is enthralling and you can easily understand  book which suits the book nicely. This book is many genres. Fairy Tale, Fantasy, and Teen romance which makes the book very entertaining especially for young teens. The reader is introduced to Kendra Hillferty, a young girl with too much responsibility.  Her entire family is suffering from the plague, and the only family member alive is her little brother. Kendra doesn't know it yet, but she is a witch. She makes this discovery when she heals her brother who was close to dying. Knowing that she will be tried as a witch, Kendra runs away with her brother. The story continues on with Kendra trying to figure out her life as she makes this shocking discovery about herself. This is a fun read, but it's also a story that focuses on relationships from those of a girl and her first love to a daughter and her father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Bewitching" is truly a bewitching book by Alex Flinn. (Though it was not as good as Alex Flinn's "Beastly".) Bewitching is the story of a witch named Kendra, who has a tendency to meddle in the life of others. However, the story is not as much about Kendra as it is about Lisette and Emma. Emma and Lisette live out a very warped version of Cinderella. Emma is kind, yet naiive and semi-pretty. Lisette is cunning and vengeful, yet beautiful. In many ways, both Emma and Lisette are victims of the bad choices other people make. Best Parts: I thought Kendra and Emma were really likable characters. Even Lisette evoked empathy from me. There were also characters that I really enjoyed resenting. The ending had a twist in it, but it was a believable and likable twist. Overall, the story ended the way a lot more stories should end. Okay Parts: Occasionally, the story between Emma and Lisette gets paused for mini-fairy tales from Kendra. These stories can sometimes be entertaining, but are also a bit distracting from the main story. Still, each mini fairy tale hints at themes that Emma and Lisette will be exposed to, so you had better pay attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i get this i read beastly????,??? Yes=Get it no= dont get it
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Another amazing fairy tale from Author Alex Flinn. This is a book to watch out for come February! The reader is introduced to Kendra Hillferty, a young girl with too much responsibility on her shoulders. Her entire family is suffering from the plague, one of the only member of her family left alive is her brother. Kendra doesn't know it yet, but she is a witch. She makes this astounding discovery when she heals her brother who was at the brink of death. Knowing that she will be charged and tried as a witch, Kendra takes her brother and runs. Kendra doesn't seem to have very good luck. She finds a gingerbread house that appears to be empty. Starving, her brother and her decide to stop and eat. The reader will likely know what happens after the witch who owns the gingerbread home comes back... Kendra's bad luck doesn't end there. She attempts to help a mermaid, an attempt that goes horribly wrong; she tries to help a prince, but she is banished instead. Finally, Kendra has found a stable-ish life. She goes to high school and stands out, but is relatively normal as compared to her prior self. It is there that she meets a potential friend and someone she could maybe help. She knows how her "helping" has turned out over the centuries and is understandably wary. Kendra's character is different. She is certainly not like most main characters a reader will find in other books. She has "personality" and isn't one to be pushed around. Clever, enigmatic, and with a sense of humor, the reader will enjoy Kendra's narration of events and past stories. The other secondary characters are just as interesting, from all walks of life and status levels. The events were fast-paced and exciting, these stories were not necessarily predictable. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you on your toes. You follow the story of Kendra who lives forever and is a witch. Will keep you entertained again and again. Definitely a re-read!!!
bluegille More than 1 year ago
Bewitching takes a whole new twist on the wicked witch world. Kendra shows you that not all good intentions, even magical ones, turn out the way we want them to. As Kendra travels through time leaving all the ones she loves behind she uses her powers to try and help, for revenge, and to save her life. (That ginger bread lady totally had it coming anyway.) Well to sum it up it shows Kendra's side of all those old stories we all should know, beauty and the beast, little mermaid, titanic, ginger bread lady, etc. Finally it shows Kendra and Emma, a girl who happened across Kendra's path and now needs her help if she wants to be happy again. I recommend this book for those open minded enough to her a witches reason why things don't always work out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. A great take on the modern fairy tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book at the last book fair i was at finished it in two and a half days cant wait for more going to read it again
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I love the book. Is cinderella but from a different angle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now my favorite book ever. I got insanly hooked to the plot and actually ended up having some super deep discussions about this book. I LOVE IT! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has now made it to my top ten favourite books! And congrates alex flinn who now made it to my top ten favourite authors! And trust me, its very hard to get on my list. great goob alex fliin this book was great!
RandomAsADD More than 1 year ago
Cute! I really like this book. Especially the parts where it integrated different aspects of some well known fairy tales. The writing style made it easy to read and I loved that we got to see more of Kendra's POV (though I was hoping for a little more). For the main story line, I thought that it was very "Cinderella-y" but I still liked it. I'm glad that I picked up this book. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do i need to read beastly first???????
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I loved this book! I would like to read this book forever! If anybody is about to read this book, they will love as much as I do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun readind this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best that i have ever read in my life!!!!!! Alex flinn is one of my fav authors!! She will be in my mind a known legend!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a witch named Kendra who spends her life attempting to help other people. The book begins in her point of view as she tells the story of her life and helping some children escape an evil witch. Then, the story switches to the point of view of Emma, the girl that Kendra is hoping to rescue. Emma is a shy,nerdy girl who lives with her mom and step-father,but her dad is the only father figure she has ever known so he seems like her real dad. All of the sudden, her dad tells her that his daughter will be moving in with them because his ex-wife died. At first, the new sister, Lisette, was friendly and innocent. However, as the story progresses, Lisette becomes the mean Queen Bee of the highschool. After everything goes downhill, and Emma discovers Kendra's secret, they work together to defeat the evil forces of high school mean girls. This story was okay. Sometimes, it became dull. It wasn't exactly original, mostly it followed the cheesy fairy tales that there were clips of in the book. Girl gets the guy...blah,blah,blah. If you are looking for something to occupy your time, this is an interesting spin.