Cloaked by Alex Flinn

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Cloaked  by Alex Flinn

17 year old Johnny runs his family’s shoe repair shop in the ritzy Coral Reef Grand Hotel in Miami’s South Beach while his mother works at an outside job. On their own since his father disappeared when he was 2,  Johnny stays focused on work because they’re always short of money. Johnny’s best friend Meg works at her family’s coffee shop right next to his shoe repair. When tabloid-famous Princess Victoriana checks in, Johnny meets her by accident; she’s delighted to meet him since she loves expensive shoes and owns many. Arranging to meet Johnny alone, Victoriana tells him an evil witch from her country has turned her brother into a frog and gives Johnny $10,000 to find and rescue her brother. Victoriana gives Johnny magical devices to help in the search, which his mother agrees he should take. Meg also gives him a ring to put on if he’s in trouble. Following leads to the Florida Keys and around the world, Johnny uses the devices and his own intuition to find the prince.

Flinn combines elements from seven different tales collected by the Grimm brothers to tell the story as a contemporary tale. Even if the reader does not recognize all the elements from the different tales, the adventure still provides a fun read. Alex Flinn has also written Beastly, which brings together other tales as part of the story.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This quick-as-lightening, captivating book will please students looking for a strong dystopia, a strong protagonist with attitude, or simply looking to escape from the hum drum of everyday life.  Sixteen-year-old Cinder is an amazing mechanic, but harbors the secret that she is part cyborg (some of her body is manufactured) and is deathly afraid of anyone outside her family finding out.  She lives the the crowded city of New Beijing with her greedy, miserable step-mother, who sees her as an unwanted burden foisted on her by her late husband.  There are also two sisters: Peony who is sweet and kind and adores Cinder, and Pearl who is just like her mother.  A plague is ravishing the planet for which there is no known cure, and the Lunar Queen Lavana keeps threatening all out war.  When Prince Kai stops by Cinder’s booth at the outdoor market hoping to get his android tutor fixed, she’s taken aback, partly because she had been in the process of attaching a new metallic foot to her leg and partly because the prince is every young woman’s dream man, even Cinder’s if she admitted it to herself.  Before she knows it, Cinder’s fate is intertwined with Prince Kai and the future of earth.  She is torn between her feelings for him, her need for her own personal freedom and her loyalty for New Beijing and her planet.

I highly urge all young adults to read this book.  It has a little of everything: adventure, intrigue, romance and action.  Cinder’s story will continue in at least four more titles, and readers will hardly be able to wait!

Beastly by Alix Flinn


Beastly by Alex Flinn

For sure, it’s another take on “Beauty and the Beast,” but Flinn brings something new to her story, by making the two main characters teenagers at an exclusive prep school in New York City. Junior Kyle Kingsbury is so superficial and downright mean to his fellow students, that readers won’t be too sad when a goth-looking witch turns him into a werewolf type beast. He slowly transforms into a caring, thoughtful human being with the help of his blind tutor, housekeeper, and Lindy, a scholarship student from his old school. The changes in him and his relationship with Lindy make the book hard to put down, despite the happy ending we all know is coming.

We’re posting this review again since the movie just came out a couple weeks ago.  It’s getting pretty decent feedback and below is a preview you can see from home:

Wayback Wednesday – Beastly by Alex Flinn

On Wednesday’s I thought I’d start reposting reviews of older books that our readers might not have read yet.  I thought I’d start with Beastly since this will be coming out as a new movie this coming March.  I’ve included a movie trailer at the bottom.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

For sure, it’s another take on “Beauty and the Beast,” but Flinn brings something new to her story, by making the two main characters teenagers at an exclusive prep school in New York City. Junior Kyle Kingsbury is so superficial and downright mean to his fellow students, that readers won’t be too sad when a goth-looking witch turns him into a werewolf type beast. He slowly transforms into a caring, thoughtful human being with the help of his blind tutor, housekeeper, and Lindy, a scholarship student from his old school. The changes in him and his relationship with Lindy make the book hard to put down, despite the happy ending we all know is coming.

Here’s the movie trailer you can see from home:

The Sisters Grimm

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The Sisters Grimm by Micheal Buckly

What does Beauty do for a living? What’s the truth behind the Wolf? How does Mirror work? You think you know your fairy tales? Think again, with this touching, humorous book series as your guide.

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life is anything but fair. For the past two years, they have been shuffled from one crazy, cruel, or just plain horrid foster family to another. For two years, they have been wards of the state. Two years ago, their parents vanished, the only clue being a blood red handprint in their abandoned car. This time, though, the State of New York is making the biggest mistake ever- sending the two girls to live with a dead woman. The girls had been told for years that Grandmother Grimm died long ago- so how can they be going to live with her?

The woman claiming to be Relda Grimm, in Sabrina’s eyes, is a nut job. She has a hundred or so locks on the door. The windows are nailed shut. Her food is odd to say the least. And then there’s the wee fact that she believes that the destruction of a local farm house was caused by a giant. And the Mayor of the aptly named town ( Ferryport Landing) is William Charming, Aka, Prince Charming. Snow White teaches Karate and kindergarten, and the three little pigs run the police department.

Daphne wants desperately to believe the old woman, but Sabrina will not allow herself to listen to these fantasies- or let anyone into her heart. But when confronted with proof that Granny Relda was telling the truth- they are the last descendants of the Brothers Grimm, Sabrina finds that she must take a stand to defeat a Giant in order to save her new family- and learn to trust herself along the way.

This is book one in the series the Fairy Tale Detectives.

Review by Naysomay

This book is available at the Berkeley Public Library.

Beastly

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

For sure, it’s another take on “Beauty and the Beast,” but Flinn brings something new to her story, by making the two main characters teenagers at an exclusive prep school in New York City. Junior Kyle Kingsbury is so superficial and downright mean to his fellow students, that readers won’t be too sad when a goth-looking witch turns him into a werewolf type beast. He slowly transforms into a caring, thoughtful human being with the help of his blind tutor, housekeeper, and Lindy, a scholarship student from his old school. The changes in him and his relationship with Lindy make the book hard to put down, despite the happy ending we all know is coming.