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Cloaked by Alex Flinn
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Mar 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, young-adult, book-it-forward-arc-tours
Read from February 18 to March 12, 2011


This is such a sweet story and a mash up of a bunch of unloved fairy tales, a few of which, I have actually read. Johnny is working at the family shoe repair and designs shoes in his spare time at a swanky South Beach Hotel. Things are not going well his family since his father disappeared, his mother is working two jobs and they are having trouble paying the bills. One day, a princess checks into the hotel and Johnny thinks if he can only meet her, he can change his fortunes. Of course, the princess breaks her shoe and arranges a meeting with the young cobbler. In order to win her hand, he must help find her brother who was turned into a frog by an evil witch. In exchange, the princess offers a reward and marriage that will help ease life for him and his mother.

So the trial begins and Johnny goes on a quest to find the Frog Prince. He has to jump through several hoops to find the prince and to help him, the princess has given him a magical cloak which will transport him to where ever he needs to be. His best friend, Meg, also has some magic up her sleeve and helps Johnny on the quest which takes you through several fairy tales like The Six Swans, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Valiant Tailor, The Golden Bird, and of course, The Frog Prince.

There are truly sweet and touching moments as well as a few good laughs. This is probably safe for younger teens with just a touch of violence, some kissing, a bit of alcohol use and good old fashioned romance. Of course Johnny ends up with the girl of his dreams who has been beside him all along. Oh, and the princess does help Johnny out in the end by publicizing his creations. I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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