by Alex Flinn
Release Date: February 8, 2011
I'm not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission. There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knoew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!), to a fox named Todd, and nearly tramped by giants in the Keys.
Don't believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you'll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.
*synopsis taken from Goodreads.
*This review contains spoilers, but I have marked them off with brackets like [[[this]]].
I wasn't really expecting much from this book (don't really know why), so at least it wasn't a complete disappointment. No doubt I was still unimpressed. I haven't read Beastly , which is also by Alex Flinn, but I don't think I'll be reading it since this one was just plain annoying.
This book started out ok. About halfway through I was thinking it would be a 3-star rating. But 60% of the way through, this book fell apart. I ended up skimming through the second half and wishing that it would be over already. I was extremely bored. I liked Johnny I guess, although to me he was a bit boring, as was Meg. The characters needed a little more personality, I thought. [[[I guess their romance was sweet but it was more like, "Oh that's cute. But whatever. Let's get back to the story," even though there wasn't much of a story in my opinion. ]]] It was sort of annoying having to read the stuff spoken by the princess or people from her country, as all the W's were pronounced as V's and it was just obnoxious.
One thing I did like about the book was that Johnny's mother was aware of what he was doing. There are so many books (in fact, ALL Of the books I've read) in which the parent is clueless to their son's or daughter's whereabouts. I guess it's fine, independence and all that, but I seriously doubt that parents would just be like, "Oh, whatev, my son is talking to foxes and there's this serial killer dude chasing after him." Well Johnny's mom wasn't like that. SO I think that is the one thing I liked about the book. All in all I didn't really like this book. Not really for specific reasons. I just didn't enjoy it, the plot went too fast and I ended up skipping most of the second half of it. I wouldn't recommend this book but try it if you like. The premise was interesting I guess but this wasn't one I'll be saying I liked or anything. :/