Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 1st 2011
Genres: faeries, magic, young adult
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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 a 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 knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades. 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.
A great young adult book – probably more for girls than boys though. A beautifully interwoven retelling of several of the Brothers Grimm’s lesser known fairytales including The Elves and the Shoe-Maker (a favourite of mine) and The Frog Prince
Interestingly the main character of Cloaked is a seventeen-year-old boy, whereas most fairytales are told from the perspective of a female character, and I think it is that fact that sets this apart from some other fairytale re-tellings. There were the typical elements of fairytales – an extremely beautiful princess; an extremely handsome prince; a poor, down-on-his-luck young hero and a young witch who has to save the hero’s butt a few times, and talking animals. However it was a fun, frivolus and well-paced read all the same.
My only big annoyance was that Ms Flinn gave Johnny an almost unhealthy obsession with money – I know he’s poor but sheesh!