Holla if you love fairy tale retellings! Alex Flinn seems to be somewhat known throughout YA for this. Friend, I am not as well read as I think I am, because I had never read one of Flinn’s retellings, only her contemporary work, until Cloaked. I’m thinking I’ll need to rectify that and read the reast of her books soon. Cloaked was such a cute and delightful read.
17 year old Johnny is an average guy. He’s got a good heart and works hard for his family business, a shoe repair shop located in a posh hotel in South Beach, Florida. When Princess Victoriana, a famed party girl from a fictional country comes to town, Johnny’s ordinary life becomes infused with adventure as Victoriana begs Johnny to find and save her brother, Phillipe who is turned into a frog. Along the way, Johnny uses magical objects, meets a myriad of talking animals including a flock of swans and a fox, AND discovers feelings for his best friend big. Did I mention that the plot of Cloaked is chock full of big reveals?
The 341 pages of Alex Flinn’s Cloaked fly by SO quickly due to a combination of factors. There are SUPER short chapters, which totally makes Cloaked fall under the just one more chapter syndrome, meaning oh that chapter is short, I’ll just read it before setting the book down, until you discover those really short chapters just mean that you finished the book way soon than anticipated. Flinn’s writing is also jam-packed with action. The characters are engaging and I rooted for Johnny, hoping he’d pick the right girl (MEG) AND save the frog. ALSO bonus: the pages are peppered with famous quotes containing shoes because Johnny is really into shoes. It’s such a cool characteristic to have, I think.
Cloaked combines several old fairytales that we’ve heard before: The Frog Prince and The Elves And The Shoemaker. Also, a few that I’ve never heard before. I won’t mention those here, because the fun is in discovering them for yourself.
I would definitely recommend Cloaked by Alex Flinn if you are looking to get into reading fairy tale retellings or what something great to read during Misty and Ashley’s Fairy Tale Fortnight. However, just a warning – the accents of Victoriana and a few other characters get annoying really quickly.
Disclosure: I borrowed Cloaked from my local library.
This is a CYBILS book.