This book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, hoThis book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, however, was sourly disappointing. The first story wasn't that good, but I thought it would get better.
Like the other two books I've read by McKinley(and like someone mentioned below), it needs more dialogue. There are so many pages that I got bored and stopped paying attention without even realizing it- then I read the page again and the same thing happened.
Another thing that irks me about this book is how the people fall in love. They don't know know each other but they someone know that they love each other. What? This is pretty typical of fairy tales, but I was hoping McKinley would be better.
So, in the end, it looked like a good book... but wasn't at all....more
Bewitching is one of those books that maybe turn out alright in the end, but drive you crazy all throughout the middle, andLight spoilers throughout.
Bewitching is one of those books that maybe turn out alright in the end, but drive you crazy all throughout the middle, and not in a good way. The biggest issue I had with this book is the (semi)main character, Emma. She's the most perfect goody-two shoes a person can be, and while innocent is sometimes a good thing, with her it was just annoying. It was very obvious from the beginning that her step-sister was just trying to get what she has, but little Emma can only see the good in people so even after Lisette steals her earrings Emma still thinks Lisette is trying to be her friend.
I rather enjoyed the short stories, which seemed very out of place but fit anyway. In most other books they wouldn't have worked, but Flinn made it so that you got all caught up in them and almost forget about Emma, but then when the focus turned back to Emma again you were right at home. The ending to the mermaid one was unexpected and so completely awesome!
Maybe one of my biggest issues was Warner. [spoiler]He seemed like a good guy, but then all of a sudden he was a complete douchebag. I liked that for once it wasn't the typical "I found my true love on the first try," but it was so sudden that it just didn't feel right. I can have no respect for a boy who says he loves a girl and then instantly believes the lies someone tells him about said girl and cheats on her because of it. How can someone be so stupid? He should have confronted her about it, asked her if it was true. Even if she lied, if he "loves" her he should be able to tell when she lies and therefore have an answer. And never should he cheat on her just because he thinks she's a jerk! That just makes him a jerk instead.[/spoiler]
But even though the middle area made me want to pull my hair out, I feel like the ending made up for it. It's not a stupid, cliche ending, and that took me off guard because I completely expected it to be. Because of that I liked it a lot. [spoiler]Even though it's stupid how fast Travis(or whatever his name is) starts to like Emma. Just because a girl has the same taste in books as you doesn't mean you have an instant attraction, and I thought Emma was a little fickle just getting over Warner that fast.[/spoiler]
If you picked this book up expecting to read another Beastly, drop it now. If you picked it up wanting it to be centered around Kendra like the description says, drop it. But I think it's still a good read and I recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales and doesn't mind a lot of chick drama.
Also, I just want to put it out there that you don't need to read Beastly to understand this at all. It references it at some points but not in a big way, and only saying things that you could read from the description of the book or figure out from the classic story....more