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Annotation: Using her magic mirror to search for the warlock she loves, the immortal Kendra travels the world, helping the heroes of four romantic fairy tales including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling."
Catalog Number: #137713
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 360 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-213455-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-213455-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016938971
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Fans of the Kendra Chronicles will thoroughly enjoy this addition to the series, which also stands nicely on its own. Here powerful witch Kendra revisits East of the Sun, West of the Moon; Little Red Riding Hood; Rumpelstiltskin; and the Ugly Duckling, traveling to different times and locations (such as the Salem witch trials, the London blitz, and contemporary America). While Kendra and James' love story may not be the most compelling of the several on offer (that honor goes to the thoroughly imaginative handling of Rumpelstiltskin), it's a nice way to bind the four stories together. Flinn effectively employs the standard romance pattern of seduction, separation, betrayal, and resolution, often with a surprising but logical ending. With a shipwreck motif popping up as well, things don't always end well. Flinn balances dark humor and wit with tragic happenings, and changes the vernacular to suit the time periods. Half the charm is identifying which story is being retold; the other half is seeing what device Flinn will employ to cast it in a new light.
Horn Book
Famous fairy tales, including "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Rumpelstiltskin," take unexpected turns when the charming immortal witch Kendra recounts her version of how events really unfolded. Flinn's novel is episodic, and the frame story about Kendra's own centuries-spanning search for a lost love never gathers much steam. Nevertheless, fans of fairy tales with strong heroines will appreciate these revisions of familiar plots.
Kirkus Reviews
Following Mirrored (2015), Towering (2013), and more, Flinn continues her retellings of folk and fairy tales, this time featuring "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling."Flinn frames her story with the ongoing tale of Kendra, a benevolent witch born in 1652 but an eternal teenager, and her continuing quest for her one true love, James. Escaping 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, where Ann Putnam runs afoul of a wolf, she moves around, finally staying for a while in Bavaria, where, in 1812, she runs a small bookshop. She tells the story of Cornelia, who falls in love with Karl and ends up having to spin straw into gold. But is it Karl who really loves her or the deformed bookshop assistant? Kendra then recounts a tale of the London Blitz in which a girl marries a man whose face she is not allowed to see for a year. Finally she ends with the story of a short boy who loses his best friend when Kendra herself grants his wish to be tall. The author tells each of these stories from the point of view of the main character with the emphasis on romance, including Kendra's with James, whom she occasionally finds through the centuries. She's got her formula down to a science, and her fans will not be disappointed. These fizzily undemanding romantic spins on familiar tales go down easy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up&12; Sometimes life feels like it needs a little magic to make things perfect, and even talented teenage witches struggle to make things work. Kendra is an immortal witch, destructible only by fire&12;and perhaps love. When she meets James in 17th-century Salem, MA, they immediately connect, and their love takes flight. However, tensions surrounding the Salem witch trials force them to flee, and they are separated. Kendra travels through the centuries and provides a magical touch in four different fairy-tale stories as she searches for James. Can magic help her find her true love? This book offers an interesting way of exploring teenage life throughout multiple time periods and settings. The author has done research regarding the characters who are not fictional, and she skillfully weaves historical circumstances with the personal experiences of her characters. Young adult readers will relate to common social experiences and interactions. The stories contain some mild sexual content, such as kissing and implied intimacy, and the language used in present-day settings is also authentic, including words such as badass and slutty . Overall, this is a compelling read for young adult fans of fantasy and light romance. The unique use of settings and narration style will keep readers intrigued till the last page. VERDICT For fantasy readers and those who have enjoyed Flinn's previous novels.&12; Hannah Ralston, Southworth Library, SUNY Canton
Voice of Youth Advocates
The good and beautiful witch Kendra, destined to live through time as a teenager, is back in this fourth book of the Kendra Chronicles. The tales recounted include a troubled red-cloaked girl living during the Salem witch trials, life-saving gold spinning, a conniving troll during World War II, and a high school student's transformation from an undersized ugly duckling into a hunky football player. The thread that weaves these diverse stories together is Kendra's determined search for the warlock James, the love of her life. While searching various time periods and locations for her handsome and heroic beau, Kendra uses her magical powers to assist others. She supports the downtrodden, crushes evil doers, helps others reach their full potential, and plays matchmaker for young lovers.Rather than a reimagining of a single well-known tale, Beheld is essentially a book of short stories. The retold fairy tales are identifiable by an aspect of the original story's plot or characters; the settings are unique times in history or relatable contemporary locations. The embedded historical references are well researched and interesting. While the plots are predictable, the appealing characters' circumstances and motivations engage the reader. Featuring the discriminatory Salem witch trials, an unplanned pregnancy, horrific wars, and deadly shipwrecks, the content can be distressing and edgy; however, the readability and language are appropriate for most students. A quick and entertaining read, Flinn's retold classic fairy tales will be enjoyed by fans of fantasy, historical fiction, and happily-ever-after love stories.Lynne Farrell Stover.
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Word Count: 98,857
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 14.0 / quiz: 193241 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL610L

#1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn is back with magical twists on four fairy-tale favorites, each featuring a little help from Kendra, the witch from Beastly, as she searches through cities and centuries for her lost love.

Featuring retellings of favorite fairy tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling," Kendra’s adventures in Beheld are filled with fresh fairy-tale fun from beginning to end.

Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks.

But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she met centuries ago.

With the help of her magic mirror, Kendra will travel the world to reconnect with her lost love—and, of course, she can’t help but play a hand in a few more stories along the way.

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