Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Date Read: 3/31/12
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
enjoyed this book, but it wasn't quite on the level of Beastly and
Bewtiching. I think my biggest problem for why I didn't enjoy it AS
much is because there were just too many fairy tales crammed into one
book. The last 90 pages all started wrapping up the book. I usually
enjoy when books are really wrapped up and really not many loose ends
left. But she had to wrap up so many fairy tales that it just felt like
it kept going and going.
I will say that I really enjoyed being
introduced to new fairy tales I hadn't ever heard. I knew a little
about the elves and the shoemaker and The Fisherman and his Wife. But
the others I'd never heard. I think this is a neat way to introduce
young girls to fairy tales that are not traditionally told in the United
The book moved at a pretty good pace -- kinda had to in
order to fit that many fairy tales in! There was a lot of adventure and
danger. The animals he met were a lot of fun - I think the used-to-bes
were some of my favorite characters. Johnny was a fun character to
watch grow. He was a little oblivious at times. But I really enjoyed
Meg. I thought she added a lot to the story.
I actually liked
that she kept the Prince and Princess as a typical prince and princess.
They weren't mean, but lately, a lot of authors and movies portray the
prince or princess as actually a really nice person who gets the girl or
guy in the end. So I actually appreciated how she built the prince and
princess characters. You don't really dislike them, but you also don't
I guessed the ending pretty early on - but that
didn't ruin anything for me. When I read a book like this, I expect to
have a happy ending and when you're reading a book about fairy tales,
you expect a certain thing to happen. So I wasn't disappointed one bit
that I was able to guess the ending so early on. Actually you almost
forget about that part of the story by the end!
I am still really
happy with this book. And I still plan to read A Kiss in Time as well.
But it wasn't quite on the level with Beastly and Betwitching. But I
still really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change. I like how Alex
Flinn can retell fairy tales in such different ways. If you enjoyed
Beastly or Bewitching, you'll enjoy this book as well.