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(Kendra Chronicles #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,793 ratings  ·  1,191 reviews
Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. 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 everything after hundreds of years—except for
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by HarperTeen
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JocelynD. Nope, It has Kendra, who is in Beastly, and a few small references to it, but it's not a continuation on Beastly or anything of the sort.

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Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fairy-tales
I think I may have become a permanent fan of Alex Flinn. She seems to be concentrating her writing on fairy tale retellings, well me likey that.

For fans of Beastly thinking this is a book about Kendra the witch I'm here to tell that is only partly true. We get to know her better and see how she has gotten to where she is today, but unfortunately she is not the main focus of the story.

This time around Kendra is trying to help out a girl named Emma. She has a stepdad that she considers her real d
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I absolutely love this book! It totally deserves to go in my favorite shelf! This is the best book of Alex Flinn so far, but I also love her Beastly and A kiss in time.
I was really excited about it once I've learned from Flinn's website that she will do a series about Kendra. And I saw this book already out on our local bookstores last week even though the expected publication date is on Feb 14. That's why I'm a bit shocked when I saw it on our stores and I bought a copy immediately. I hav

The problem I had with this book was that the main story is cut more than once because there are some random retellings throughout it.
The main story is a Cinderella retelling and I loved the beginning. The whole part where there’s this evil sister (Lisette) now orphan that stays at Emma’s and they are forced to interact because now they are sisters, I enjoyed those pages a lot and I thought that after the “prologue” of Kendra’s origins it was time then to dig into her present story.

Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I picked this up, I was hoping it wouldn't suck.
That's all.
Just...Please Don't Suck.
I have a love/hate relationship with fairytales and retellings. Most of the time the books aren't that good, but I can't seem to stop myself from snatching up the next one I see in the high hopes that this one will be better.
And Alex Flinn? Well, I like the fact you she updates the stories, but I haven't always liked everything she's written.
A Kiss in Time?

Well, I'm happy to report that
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Colleen Houck
I loved the flashbacks to the Titanic and Little Mermaid and to King Louis. They were super fun. My favorite, though, was the beginning with the witch's gingerbread house. So fun!
Posibles spoilers de:
-La máscara de la muerte roja
-Hansel y Gretel
-La princesa y el guisante
-La Sirenita
-La Cenicienta

Bueno, esperaba descubrir algo más acerca de la bruja Kendra de Beastly(motivo que se repite en varios reviewers), de modo que me gustó la primera parte, acerca de su pasado.(view spoiler)

Y hasta cierto punto me gustó el retelling de Cenicienta, y eso de dar vuelta la idea de la hermanastra.
Stepmothers get a bum rap, just like witches.

...a pesar de que viene
Ravenous Biblioworm
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5

I picked up this book because I had read Beastly and thought it (Beastly) was an enjoyable book. It features the witch who had turned the boy into a beast in Beastly. Kinda… Here we get to understand, Kendra, the witch. We get to see her life and how she became a witch… kinda. While the story was engaging in some parts, most times it fell short of being interesting. After a whole novel, the expectations of this novel were never reached and it left me feeling a bit confused of the fact
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-just-no
There’s a story here, I guess, but this entire book was more of a gimmick to capitalize on the Beastly movie (unfortunately, which I saw, wasn’t my choice, can’t be more of a captive audience than a passenger on a ten hour international flight) than a real novel. That’s the only way of explaining the weird structure of this book, a main story from Emma’s point of view interrupted by snide side stories about Kendra’s past whenever she feels like interrupting.

Actually, the structure’s kind of clev
Kristi-The Book Faery

Bewitching by Alex Flinn was FAN-FAERY-TASTIC! Ms. Flinn out did herself in this spectacular tale of my favorite witch. Ms. Flinn has written many successful remakes of classic faery tales-each and every one of them a joy to read.

Bewitching is Kendra Hilferty’s tale. You may remember Kendra best as the witch in Beastly when she cast the spell upon a boy making him as ugly on the outside as he was on the inside. Kendra is centuries old and has lived an amazing life, most of it tryi
Hadil Zawahreh
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
it was Awesome :"") but as usual a happy ending :/
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A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

In the beginning Kendra is a mere mortal trying to save her only living family member from the plague. Her parents, her sister are all dead. With help from a rumor that a witch can save her brother she goes to seem her out only to find out she’s gone. In an effort to save her brother Charlie she grabs some herbs from the witch’s garden and makes some medicine for him. Like a miracle he survives and they entire out of their vill
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Flinn, I love you! This book is amazing! I couldn't believe how amazing and simple it was to fall in love with this book. Ms. Flinn took another fairy tale making it so enjoyable that I just want to re-read the book over and over again.

So why did I love this book so much? Well first off, it is not your average Cinderella story. That's right. It's a Cinderella re-tale that is so awesome! The story starts off with Kendra's back round. I adored learning the history of Kendra. She is not the mea
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got the book Bewitching free to review through Goodreads. It is a fantastic book! I totally loved it! It is well written and filled with humor, fantasy and a bit of romance. Kendra Hilferty, a witch, tells how she found out she was a witch and how, kind of like Forrest Gump, she has been around for most of the major events in history. Remember the witch who made the gingerbread house? Kendra knew her. While telling how she helped Ella, a modern day non-wicked stepsister to deal with her rathe ...more
Nov 08, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just won this book! Excited to get it and read it! :)
Brad Sells
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-own
I read Beastly and Cloaked by Alex Flinn back in 2011 (I still need to read A Kiss in Time!), and loved them both. I thought that Alex Flinn told the fairy-tales in such a great and modern way, and when I found out that this novel was coming out, I nearly had a panic attack because Kendra was my favorite character from Beastly! Going more depth into her story was so much fun, and this book was simply wonderful.

This novel was absolutely stunning. Alex Flinn has weaved a modern fairy-tale that lef
Mary (BookHounds)

If you read Beastly, you will remember Kendra was the witch that had a very important supporting role. Kendra is an immortal witch and her story starts out with a retelling of Hansel and Gretel (my first two dachshunds!) where Kendra and her brother are the only survivors in her family after the plague wipes out most of her town. The story weaves back and forth between a Cinderella in current times with bits and pieces of her earlier existence during the early 1700 and the Fre
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it

Alex Flinn es la autora de Beastly, y éste libro vendría a ser algo así como un spin-off (historia derivada de otra). No es necesario realmente leer Beastly antes, pero no daña porque hace un spoiler del final... aunque tampoco es que esa novela tenga un final tan misterioso.
En este caso parece que la protagonista va a ser la bruja Kendra, y durante el principio de la historia lo es, pero lo cierto es que es más un compilado de sus tiros por la culata aportes mágicos a las historias de otr
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bewitching is a black and white tale of a good witch who isn’t exactly good in being a witch and sometimes her magic go away from the expected course although her purpose were always good. Yes, I’m talking about Kenda, the witch who put curse on Kyle Kingsley and turned him into a beast to teach him some lessons of love and life. Beastly wasn’t her only curse, that was one of her many curses.
The book was broke into several stories told from many point of views. Each of them was a brief literary
Jonnah D.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Bewitching is your typical Alex Flinn book (well... I've only ever read Beastly so that might not be an accurate assumption). It gathers a lot of inspiration from children's fairy tales with a modern, tween twist.

I'm going to be honest. I was really looking forward to this because I really liked Kendra Hilferty's character in Beastly and I wanted to read more about her life and her personality. I was somewhat appeased but honestly, I was not satisfied. The lack of Kendra disappointed me since af
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked Kendra in this book, i didn't like the language in the beginning of the book, but thankfully the writing changes into the language we know. So Kendra is a witch, and she likes to use her powers to help people in need. She tries to help a spoiled prince find his princess, she had a hard time due to his snobbish and ignorant mother quizzing all the princesses. You learn at the end that this is a retelling of the story of the princess and the pea. This was one of Kendra's fails, due ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich mag ihre Märchenadaptionen, aber irgendwie konnte mich bisher nur "Beastly" wirklich überzeugen:/
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist die Geschichte von den beiden Stiefschwestern Emma und Lisette. Lisettes Mutter wurde vor Jahren von ihrem Mann verlassen. Nun ist sie tot und Lisette lebt fortan bei ihrem Vater, seiner Frau und ihrer Stiefschwester Emma. Die beiden Mädchen sind vollkommen unterschiedlich. Lisette ist in Armut aufgewachsen und ist bildschön. Emma ist blitzgescheit, eine Außenseiterin, weniger schön und musste sich über Geld nie Gedanken machen. Das Verhältnis der beiden Schwestern ist schwierig. Als Em ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alex Flinn how I love your writing. This book was amazing. I have read only Beastly (& Lindy's Diary), but that was when I fell in love with her stories!
Bewitching is so magically beautiful. I love re-tellings of classic fairy-tales. This being a re-telling a Cinderella, with of course a twist.
You get to know more history about Kendra. The witch you first met in Beastly. While reading Bewitching I really grew to like Kendra. She is very misunderstood. She is not mean, on purpose of course.
From Beastly to her own series, Kendra is a witch on her own mission in life. Bewitching is just that, a beginning to know that fabulous person a lot more. I have to say that I loved her snark and her wins and looses in the witchery business and throughout every page there are fabulous times in store for readers. From the characters POV in the stories Kendra recants we get a feeling for their lives and their times, but what I love the most was the retelling and manipulating of classic fairy tale ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any books by this author before- what was I thinking? This was full of fairy tales and was such a satisfying fun book! Bewitching starts with Kendra's childhood and how she became a witch. It also talks about her involvement in the "Hansel and Gretel" story. It was so fun to see those stories tied into a piece of historical fiction.

The main story surrounds two sisters who resemble a "Cinderella" story. As that story progresses, Kendra breaks in with her thoughts about what is goi
Nessie Q.
Alex Flinn certainly did a good job of retelling some of the classic fairy tales we grew up with. I don't know how she does it, but I appreciate the amount of effort she placed in this book especially how she tried to incorporate bits and pieces of history to make the book seem more realistic.

Honestly, I was pleased with the ending. I like how in the end, there wasn't a need for Kendra to lift a finger just to help Emma.

One thing that left me feeling unsatisfied about this book, however, is tha
Amy Jacobs
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you remember Beastly that was written by this author, then you also remember the witch that was involved in that book named Kendra. In Bewitching, we get to read about how Kendra became a witch and her life before Beastly.

What I loved about this book was the new twist on the fairy-tales that author Alex Flinn does so well. With the new take on some well known stories, the author takes you on an adventure of survival, love, magic and so much more. I absolutely loved Kendra in this book. I lov
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Other books in the series

Kendra Chronicles (4 books)
  • Beastly (Beastly, #1; Kendra Chronicles, #1)
  • Mirrored (Kendra Chronicles, #3)
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“A memory came to me. One time, in middle school, a famous author came to talk to our class and give a writing workshop. One of the things she told us about writing a novel was that the story should be about what the main character wants. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas. George Milton wants a farm of his own. Amelia Sedley wants to marry her darling George and live happily ever after. The end of the story, according to the famous author, is when the character either gests what he wants or realizes he’s never going to get it. Or sometimes, she said, like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, realizes she doesn’t actually want what she thought she wanted all along.

pg. 324 of Bewitching”
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