By: Alex Flinn
Available September 2015
A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from “Snow White,” who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into “the fairest one of all” but still cannot win Greg’s heart, and Celine, Greg’s daughter with Violet’s high school rival, Jennifer.
This Blonde’s Review:
When we read the stories we know who is the villain and who they’ve decided they need to destroy for whatever their reason. In this book we get to see the villain, in this case Violet, as an ugly girl who just wants to be loved. We get to see how she fixates on Greg, a boy who is nice to her, and loves him even when he falls for the girl who bullies her. We see how she tries to change herself for him and eventually seems to give up and fade away. Until she suddenly appears on the scene after the death of Violet’s rival for Greg’s attentions. As Greg’s daughter grows up and looks more like her mother Violet’s jealously rears its ugly head as she takes out her issues with the mother on the daughter.
The most beautiful woman in any story is either the villain, who prizes beauty, or the girl who doesn’t see looks as important at all. In this one Violet is the girl who used to be ugly and now prizes beauty. Celine, Greg’s daughter, is naturally beautiful and wishes people who stop judging her based on that beauty. Despite Celine being the classic pretty girl who doesn’t care about her looks, I still liked her since she was also a good person. She wanted to be friends with good people and didn’t let looks or height get in her way.
I really loved the friends that Celine had. Since she cared so little for appearance she didn’t surround herself with the pretty fake people, instead having a small group of genuine friends. She makes amazing friends who risk their lives for her. I may have loved some of the supporting characters in this book more than the main characters. Goose may have been my favorite of everyone. Insanely loyal, willing to risk everything for the people he cares about, and unwilling to let his short stature as a little person get in the way of the things he wants most from life.
I’ve enjoyed other fairy tales retold by Alex Flinn so was not surprised to find that I enjoyed this one as well. Seeing Kendra and how much of a mystery she is makes me want to run out and read Bewitching: The Kendra Chronicles so I can find out more about her background.
If you enjoy modern fairy tales then you won’t want to miss this or other books by Alex Flinn.