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20.  Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Finished January 14, 2012

Where did I get this book?  From the public library;)

How did I find about this book?:  Themindislimitless recommended it to me, and so I read it;) 

Plot:  This tale follows Johnny, a seventeen-year-old boy who lives in South Beach.   He works in a shoe repair shop that his mother owns to make ends meet.  One day, a princess comes to stay in the hotel where he works, and everything changes.  She asks him to embark on an adventure that involves frog princes, kidnapping, witches, and magic cloaks.  At first he doesn’t believe her, but soon he is swept away in an adventure. 

Negatives:  So, the French dialogue killed me. Can we please not have French people talk like “zis” anymore in books?  Its so annoying.  Also, I thought some of the plot twists were fairly obvious, and I think the romance (though sweet) tended to be standard romantic comedy fare.   I did think that the main character was a bit dense at times, especially where his best friend was concerned.  However, he is a 17-year-old boy.

Positives:  I really liked the whole idea of the story, and I liked the fact that it combined several different fairy tales into one story.  I think that made it more unique than a lot of the retellings I read.  I couldn’t tell exactly what stories the author was going to pull in next, and though I recognized them, it was nice to see some of the lesser-known ones get attention.   I really liked Meg, and I thought Johnny had his moments;) 

Rating:  3 out of 5 frog princes

Recommend:  If you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings, you might want to give this a shot.  This would be particularly appropriate for teenagers as well.  If you’re looking for something similar I would suggest Ash by Malinda Lo, or Beauty or Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinley.