Sunday, 12 June 2011

Cloaked Review

By: Alex Flinn
3 Stars
338 Pages
Cloaked is a retelling of 7 different fairy tales, " The Elves and the Shoemaker", " The Frog Prince", "The Six Swans", " The Golden Bird", The Valiant Tailor", " The Salad", and " The Fisherman and His Wife".
Cloaked is about a boy named Johnny who works at the shoe repair at a hotel. One day a princess comes into the hotel and asks Johnny to rescue her brother who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. Johnny is then thrust into a world he never knew existed, with trolls talking swans and Foxes, and a mysterious person trying to kill him. Along with his friend Meg, Johnny must face dangerous thing to resue the frog prince and return him to his true form.
I thought the book was pretty good but not great. I didn't really connect with the main character Johnny, or his bestfriend Meg. The overall story was pretty interesting though, there were alot of elements that made the story fun to read. Cloaked was a book that kept you reading for the fairy tale aspects, but not for the quality.
I think that Alex Flinn should write other books NOT about fairy tales that have already been written. Shes already done " Beauty and the Beast", and " Sleeping Beauty" and now cloaked which is just a bunch more fairy tales combined together. She did change it up a bit, but her writing could be much better if she started off with an original story line.
I recommend this book to those who like fairy tales or enjoy Alex Finn's retelling of fariy tales. It was an action packed book with a lot of magical aspects that will keep readers reading to find ot how it all ends. Not Bad.

Cover: 3/5. It's okay, kind of plains though. But still interesting, kinf of reminds me of the cover they used for beastly/


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