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Thursday, March 17, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Rating: 5 out of 5

CloakedSummary: Johnny is a pretty normal kid, except he loves shoes. He repairs shoes in a shop that has been owned by his family for years. His mother however, has to work a second job to keep the bills paid and even that's not enough. Johnny hasn't seen his father since he was two, and he doesn't have much of a life, that is, until a princess arrives at the hotel where his shop is located. She needs a shoe repaired, and with that shoe repair comes a quest. Her brother is missing, turned into a frog by a great witch. Johnny, the princess muses, is a good boy, just the right person for the job to find her brother and stop the evil witch. At first, Johnny thinks she's crazy, that is, until he can speak to the swans in the hotel lobby. Maybe she's not so crazy after all.

My Thoughts: I was a little iffy about reading this book. I was afraid it would be cheesy, and the first few chapters makes it sound like a cheesy book, that is, until you start getting to know the characters. I really felt bad for Johnny and his mom. I really start to feel for them being behind on bills, having their power turned off, and not knowing what to do. I really like how the book follows old fairy tales, but they have modern twists. I can't say I'm familiar with all of the stories mentioned, but still, it makes for a great plotline. At first, Johnny goes about the adventure alone, and later is joined by a close friend. You see a lot of strange things begin to happen with them around, and sadly, it is pretty predictable. I figured out that part of the story before it was revealed. I also caught on to another key story point before the story reached that part. However, even if you find out those key things, it doesn't make for a bad story. It ends well. It gives you that 'happy' feeling when you finish. It is, in essence a modern day fairy tale. If you like magic, giants, talking animals and fairy tales, this is a must read!


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