by Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles (Book 3)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 15, 2015)
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Celine's life is the stuff fairy tales are made of. She's beautiful, talented, and brave. Unfortunately, her tale comes complete with a wicked stepmother! When Violet steps into Celine's life, everything changes and weird things begin to happen to her—bizarre accidents, strange illnesses, and rabid animal attacks. Celine doesn't feel safe anywhere. It's almost as if some hateful witch is out to get her.
And there is. Violet has been waiting all her life to have Celine's father to herself. Getting rid of his gorgeous daughter is child's play for a witch as powerful as she is. Happy-ever-after isn't enough for Violet. She wants to be the fairest of them all, and Celine is in the way . . . but not for long.
Forced to take refuge with her friend Goose and his family, Celine gives up everything she loves and goes deep undercover. But will it be enough to fool Violet, or will Celine's fate be decided by a reflection in a magic mirror? And where do you find Prince Charming in Miami anyway?
Okay, that might be a little harsh, but honestly, not much happened.....at all. The backstory about Violet, who ends up being the "evil queen" TOOK FOREVER. So, I read 67 pages and ended up skimming the rest of the story.
Violet was, from the reactions of all the other characters and the repetitive description on every page, dreadfully ugly. I'm very much okay with characters looking however they look (though sometimes, when boys have long ponytails I tend to take liberties and cut it short). But looks were what the entire book was centered on and it got so repetitive and cliche. Violet was ugly. Violet loved Greg. Greg became beautiful over the summer. Greg loved beautiful Jennifer. Violet was still ugly. Violet wanted to be beautiful. Rinse and repeat on every page.
Violet ends up having powers that allow her to make herself beautiful. The we jump ahead a number of years and Celine (the new main character), the daughter of Greg and Jennifer, meets Violet who becomes her stepmother and of course Celine grows up to be obscenely gorgeous and Violet gets jealous. So quite honestly, the plot was centered on appearances. Not the most interesting concept. At least the movie Snow White had seven little men. This book only had one.
The dialogue always seemed awkward and stunted. The characters lacked depth beyond their appearances. The only semi-redeeming part of this novel was Goose, but even then, not enough to make me like it.