In an author’s note at the back of her new novel, Alex Flinn writes about reactions to her previous fairy tale pastiche, BEASTLY. She was. year-old Johnny is approached at his family’s struggling shoe repair shop by Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog. Cloaked by Alex Flinn. Cloaked book cover. logo logo. Rating / Alex Flinn is synonymous with modern fairytale remakes.

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Return to Book Page. Just follow the damn instructions you’re given but nooo he always would do some dumb shit and then get into trouble. I can sum it up in three words: This book needed to be cut down to like half its size and then I would have maybe given it another star. I didn’t see it coming. The mission challenges everything Johnny thought he flinn, and with his best friend Meg along for the ride, he deals with witches, giants, and magic he never knew existed.

Her writing has an air of playfulness and silliness that’s enjoyable to read, and makes for a nice balance to cloakeed darker, more depressing tones many fairy tale retellings take. And after you write it or say it or think it enough, it starts to sound funny. I write my first drafts longhand, then I type them. In my former school system in Maryland […]. An elaboration on why this book is amazing and why you should go read it.

Rarely do I rate a book so low.

Now for what has been irking me since I read this book: I was pleasantly surprised when he realized his feelings for Meg the childhood friend at the last second, rejecting the princess’ proposal hide spoiler ].


It was such an enjoyable read and I don’t think it should clooaked taken as seriously as I’ve seen others mentioning.

She did, after all, ask him to a dance to make another guy jealous, and that sends a certain message. I just had to start with that, because it made me endlessly happy to see the tale even included. Disclaimer this has been placed on the DNF list!!!!! We never really learn what happens to the witch and her son. I nod, thinking it seems pretty easy to me, traveling around and going to parties.

Johnny is on a quest of self-discovery and magic and, there is a girl involved… two girls, in fact. That is how good it is! Even though she emphasizes her body with fitted clothes and a short skirt, her huge eyes, which are bluer than the ocean outside, make her look all innocent, like a Disney princess. If you wanted a wordless recap, just imagine me sighing and shaking my head in sadness.

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The characters were well-developed for the most part, and stuck to their guns. The hero, Johnny, is teenage a shoemaker, working in his family’s shop and trying to help his mother make ends meet. I was pretty dang excited. Princess Victoriana alfx like the shoes she wears — not very practical, but beautiful. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I barely care about any of them and they’re not really that interesting in return. Naturally, Johnny is skeptical of her story, too bad about the crazy princess.


But a good witch. I know Flinn is trying to capture authenticity in her young narrator’s voice, but would it kill her to use the subjunctive correctly?!

Farnesworth, still on my foot, stutters, unable to form words.

I can now retell it by heart, after reading it over a times, no hyperbole. I get that he’s a teenage boy but c’mon.

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Of course, it is a story based cloaksd several fairytales and we all know that fairytales aren’t really supposed to be logical or sensible.

I’m glad it was a quick enough read to finish in one night or I think I might have given up trying to finish. Kind of eye-roll inducing and sometimes the teensiest bit nauseating, but overall not that bad. About halfway through I was thinking it would be a 3-star rating. This probably influenced m NOTE: Not really for specific reasons. If Johnny rescues her brother, Victoriana will marry him. The title of “Cloaked” stems from a magic-endowed cloak that transports the wearer anywhere he or she wishes to go by sheer force of thought.

Tell me she has a French accent, and in my head I will read her dialogue in a French accent.

Then in his quest, we also get parts of the Six Swans and several other fairy tales. It all starts with a curse. If he triumphs, he is to be rewarded with the princess’ hand in marriage. Ryan flexes and looks Meg up and down, like he does every girl.