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I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of th
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sarah
OHMYGOD! Alex Flinn is a girl, I mean a woman! All this time, I thought she was a guy. Like a man-man. Like Rick Riordan who retells(is this even a verb?) Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. This would totally change my perspective in reading his---I mean her books.

I am so regretting that OHMYGOD. Oh here I go again, using the Lord's name in vain. I swore not to but it's hard when you're so surprised. Honestly, I am.

Anyway, I read the premise and I do not know what retelling would this be. It
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Cara
Before anything I have to mention that for some reason I assumed that this was a re-telling of Red Riding Hood , and for those of you (probably not too many because I'm exceptionally dim sometimes) who thought it was as well I'm here to tell you it isn't. There is a cloak in the story, but no oblivious girls or furry looking grandmothers in sight.

This story follows the life of Johnny, a seventeen-year-old who aspires to be a shoe designer, but what he does is help out with his family's business
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Isamlq
I vowed not to take the book too seriously and just to go with where it would take me given the constant reference to its nature.. It is a FAIRY TALE RETELLING. So just take it at face value and don’t expect any mind-blowing revelations (Although any such revelations would not be unwelcome.)

Am I glad I attacked it with this light perspective. I most definitely enjoyed CLOAKED. Once I had shucked off my expectations, Johnny’s story became entertaining though of course, most definitely unbelievab
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Lectus
Via http://onlectus.blogspot.com/2013/01/...

This book would make a wonder animated movie for children. Yes, for CHILDREN!

Johnny is poor, and he works in the family's shoe repair business in South Beach and secretly wishes to be a famous shoe designer. Her mom has just taken a second job because they don't even make enough in the business to pay the bills.

One day, a princess (real princess from another country) comes to South Beach and, what are the odds? - meets Johnny! Even more, she asks for
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Mash up of several fractured fairy tales by the author of Beastly. Johnny is a hard-working 17-year-old who works in a shoe repair store in a fancy Miami hotel. He designs shoes, but since his dad disappeared years ago, the family has barely been able to scrape by, let alone send Johnny off to college, or fashion school, or wherever you go to become a famous shoe person like Jimmy Choo. And no, Johnny’s not gay. He just likes shoes. Okay? Okay.

Ah-hah, you think! Shoes! There will be elves! And,
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Anne
3.5 stars
If you go into this with the expectation that this is a light fairytale retelling, you'll probably like this one.

I was expecting it to be a modern version of The Frog Prince, and even though that is one of the main fairytales in this book, it's not the only one. At the end of the Book, Flinn lists all of the stories that she drew from, and there were waaay more than I was expecting. One of the stories I wasn't even familiar with (The Salad?). There are (I felt) three main retellings goi
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Anne Osterlund
Johnny fixes shoes and dreams of designing his own, along with paying the bills, saving the family business, and helping his mom so she doesn’t have to work a second job. Then the princess of Aloria arrives. And she wants Johnny—JOHNNY—to rescue her brother. Whom she claims was turned into a frog by an evil witch, then set loose in the Florida keys.

She’s even willing to marry the guy who rescues her amphibian relation.

Of course, Johnny’s not buying it. Like there might actually be transformed fr
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Kristy
Meh - 2.5 stars

This book contains mashup of fairy tale retellings including "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "The Frog Prince," "The Six Swans," "The Golden Bird," and "The Brave Little Tailor." It's a light, quick read, that's supposed to be funny, but the humor didn't come across for me.

Johnny who works at his family's shoe repair shop, is chosen by the beautiful princess Victoriana, to go on a quest to rescue her brother who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. If he triumphs, he is to
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Gemma
I feel like the best word to describe Cloaked would be ‘cute’.

Cute can mean any number of things, with both negative and positive connotations depending on the context. There’s ‘little baby with chubby cheeks’ cute. There’s ‘guy with nice eyes and a pleasant smile’ cute. There’s ‘seven year old girl who purposely talks in a high pitched baby voices’ cute, which is annoying. There’s ‘don’t be cute with me’ cute, when you try to be witty and your parents get all offended and irritated.

Really, cute
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Meg
This is the worst Alex Flinn books I've ever read. Hell, this could quite possibly be one of my least favorite books I've ever read.

I LOVE Alex Flinn's books. I love her characters, the plots, her writing style, everything! I could read both Beastly, Breathing Underwater, and Breaking Point over and over and OVER AND OVER.

So when I saw this book at my school's library..I was pretty dang excited. Beastly is my favorite Flinn, so I was like...FAIRY RETELLING LETS GO.

Let me tell you, I've never be
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Misty
Being the fan of fairy tales that I am, I had heard of Alex Flinn, of course. But for whatever reason, I had never read anything by her, so Cloaked is my first. And I have to start by saying: SHE USED THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER!!!

Let me set the scene for you:
Misty, as a small child, had 3 books she was obsessed with. One was The Velveteen Rabbit, which we don't need to discuss here, other than to say she still has it, of course. The other 2 were fairy tales: somebody's (?) beautiful version of
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Sesana
Whatever you do, don't take this book seriously. It's meant to be light and fluffy and fun. It succeeds at that, mostly. There are half a dozen fairy tales crammed in here, not just The Frog Prince, including one that I honestly don't think I've heard of before, The Salad. Despite that, it's fast paced but not rushed, and each of the stories gets a fair shot in the spotlight.

But the romance isn't terribly exciting, and that may have more to do with the characters themselves than anything else.
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Review re-written on December 14th, 2013


DNF at 24%



This is all I have to say: BORING.

Yes...I am being rude but I have a rule for 1 star books, and that is that if the book bores me to death(literally)I can't finish it and I have to be honest, REALLY honest in my review. So, yes Cloaked was BORING. Which was a big disappointment for me.

I am a huge fan of Alex Flinn and I loved her book Beastly. Beastly was just so detailed, beautiful, and a modern fairy tale. It was a re-tell of Beauty and th
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Bookwatcher
Jul 06, 2010 Bookwatcher marked it as to-read
Shelves: teen-ya, magic
After Beastly by Alex Flinn (<---wonderful book) I'll certainly read another modern fairy tale of Alex Flinn.
Alyssa hoffmaster
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I really liked how Alex Flinn modernized a whole bunch of little fairytales and stuck them together to make a great modern fairytale. Although I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, it was still enjoyable.

Johnny works at his family’s shoe repair shop in a hotel, working long hard hours to help pay all the bills. One day, the princess of Aloria comes and stays at the hotel where Johnny works. She comes find Johnny and makes a proposal. She wants him to go on a quest to fi
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Mollie Katie
Towards the end of January, I was selected by GoodReads to be an advance reader of "Cloaked" by Alex Flinn. I'm not really sure why, as I haven't written a review there. In fact, I had only made a basic account and I hadn't started using the website to its full potential yet. I don't think I'm optimizing it now... My plan is to use it to catalog all the books I've read in 2011, since one of my goals for this year was to read 300 books. I've never really counted how many books I've read in a year ...more
Zoë
"Stranger things have happened- and recently too."

Cloaked was my first encounter with Alex Flinn, the author behind the fairy tale retelling Beastly. Like Beastly, Cloaked takes a young man in modern times and throws him into the world of fairy tales. In this case the young man is Johnny, a cobbler who dreams of making enough money so that him and his mother don't have to constantly worry about loosing the family business. Johnny also designs shoes in his spare time, making them out of fabric s
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Annabel ♥
I wasn't really expecting much from this book (don't really know why), so at least it wasn't a complete disappointment. No doubt I was still unimpressed. I haven't read Beastly , which is also by Alex Flinn, but I don't think I'll be reading it since this one was just plain annoying.

This book started out ok. About halfway through I was thinking it would be a 3-star rating. But 60% of the way through, this book fell apart. I ended up skimming through the second half and wishing that it would be
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Chrystal
This was an amazing mash-up of a multitude of fairy tales. Throughout the book we stumble upon retellings of many classic and lesser known tales - "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "The Frog Prince," "The Six Swans," "The Golden Bird," and "The Brave Little Tailor." I love how Ms. Flinn updates and changes the tales to blend together into one amazing journey.

The hero, Johnny, is teenage a shoemaker, working in his family's shop and trying to help his mother make ends meet. He is the epitome of a r
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Michelle
I really enjoyed Alex Flinn’s modernized fairy tales, Beastly and a Kiss in Time, so I was really looking forward to this newest book. I felt it didn’t really deliver. There were so many pieces of different fairy tales involved that it got to be a little much. [return][return]Johnny works in his mother’s shoe repair shop in a pricey hotel. In his spare time he designs shoes. Then the princess Victoriana checks into the hotel. She asks for his help in rescuing her brother who has been turned into ...more
Lyssa
Cloaked was extremely childish and the plot did not flow smoothly. The main character, Johnny, was actually stupid. The things he said and did were completely ignorant. The author tried to mash a bunch of fairy tale retellings together and failed. The dialogue was also poor. The prince and princess spoke in the most annoying accent where every other word started with the letter z. I enjoyed two other books by this author but this is the last one I will read.
Sara
I've always loved Alex Flinn's work. I loved her work ever since I thought she was a man (she isn't) and even after I found out that she's actually a woman (it was the shock of the century). I've read and reread most of her books and learned to always keep a light perspective and never take any of her books too seriously. Especially this book.

Cloaked is not a retelling of an specific fairytale. I loved and admired the way Flinn mashed up numerous fairytales into one and meanwhile incorporated li
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Mackenzie Jager
The book I read is Cloaked by Alex Flinn. Alex Flinn has written many books such as Beastly, Breaking Point and Breathing Underwater. Cloaked is Fantasy and yet again Flinn has written another best seller book. The book Cloaked starts up with a shoe repair man at a luxury hotel, named Johnny who lives in Miami Flordia. Johnny's dad isn't a part of his life any more, therefore his mom can barely pay rent on their small apartment. Johnny works and puts all the money towards his house's rent. He s ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark on 3/26/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...

Cloaked is another modern retelling of classic fairy tales. However, this one doesn't just focus on one tale in particular like the other retellings Alex Flinn has done. Cloaked has several fairy tale allusions - some of them coming from tales that are quite obscure. Some of the references were totally lost on me. This is one time where I was super grateful for the Author's Note at the end of the book. Flinn explai
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Kate McMurry
Hilarious, young-adult, fairytale remix suitable for all ages

Seventeen-year-old Johnny has worked hard for years to help his mother keep their family shoe-repair shop afloat since the day his father mysteriously disappeared when Johnny was a young boy. Even though the shop is associated with a ritzy South Beach hotel, it doesn't make much money in the summer off-season, and Johnny and his mom have to choose between paying the electricity bill for their apartment or paying the rent. Johnny would
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Lolly's Library
This is a truly sweet, cute, funny and entertaining modern fairy tale. I haven't read any of Alex Flinn's previous books so I don't know how much or how little Cloaked differs from them. From what I can tell, Flinn has hit her stride as a writer, deftly weaving several of the lesser known fairytales--such as The Six Swans, The Golden Bird, The Valiant Tailor, among others--into a larger, more complex tale set in a very modern South Beach, Florida.

Meet Johnny, a seventeen-year-old boy who works a
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Krystle
I’m quite familiar with Alex Flinn, having read her Beastly novel before and enjoying that quite a lot. So I came in with the same expectations.

Cloaked, when you get right down to it, is a fun lighthearted book. It’s cute, humorous, with that happy ending everyone wants. While the previous book was more of a character driven novel that showed a great deal of growth and development in the characters, this book is more of an adventure book. The story is focused a lot on the quests Johnny had to go
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Claire (YA Bookie Monster)
So, Cloaked was my first time ever reading anythings by Alex Flinn and to be honest, I was a little disappointed, I expected more. Cloaked was a fun read, but I, for the most part, like to read more serious books, and Cloaked was a bit to much on the playful and silly side for my taste. But if you are a fan of more light-hearted romances, then this might just be the book for you.

Cloaked is the story of Johnny, whose family, which consists of him and his mother, is struggling to make ends meet w
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Myra Khan
I actually wanted to give this book 2.5 stars (they should really make that possible here...) but because that's not an option, I decided to bump it up a bit. :)

I initially read Beastly by Alex Flinn and loved it so much (it's one of the very few books that I've given 5 stars to) that I knew I HAD to read A Kiss in Time and Cloaked, her other two modern-day fairy tales. Beastly revolved around the story of Beauty and the Beast, just with teenagers in our day and age. Cloaked, on the other hand,
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J
Cloaked, a light mash-up of fairy tales with lots of action and a smattering of romance, has plenty of girl appeal. How can you resist a hero who is good-looking, hard-working, honest, loves his mother, and designs women’s shoes? That’s right, you can’t. Johnny and his mother have been living in poverty since his father disappeared many years ago, and he has to put in double shifts at the family shoe repair shop in a swanky South Beach hotel to help pay the bills, which doesn’t leave much time f ...more
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I learned to read early. But
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