Beheld by Alex FlinnBeheld by Alex Flinn


byAlex Flinn

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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#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.

Alex Flinn was born in Glen Cove, New York. Before going to law school, she received a degree in vocal performance (opera) from the University of Miami. She practiced law for ten years before becoming a full-time author. She based her first book, Breathing Underwater, on her experiences interning with the State Attorney's Office and vo...
Title:BeheldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062134558

ISBN - 13:9780062134554


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, But Formulaic Alex Flinn excels at telling a certain type of fairy-tale retelling. You may be familiar with it... A main character with characteristics that are deemed unattractive by their peers faces hardships which are overcome by realizing they never needed to seek society's approval. With this realization, the main character connects with their true love, often the best friend they didn't realize was so perfect for them. There is nothing harmful with the above formula - which is why I still rated it three stars - however, it is formulaic. There were very few surprises in this read for me, which is unfortunate as Beheld is an anthology of sorts and Flinn had several opportunities to craft a unique narrative around the original stories she chose to re-tell. Ultimately, I found this read a little too cliched and full of tropes to enjoy fully. Especially, when in the last short story, there were several unflattering and stereotypical depictions of women (air-head cheerleader, "bad mom", etc). However, if you're looking for a light read, and enjoyed the other Kendra books, I think you would enjoy this novel.
Date published: 2017-02-27

Editorial Reviews

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.