Who should breeze into his hotel but Victoriana, princess of Aloria, complete with a French accent and a hint of magic. Johnny must help! What follows is a neatly nested series of fairy-tale mashups. Flinn cleverly uses quotes from the originals as chapter headings, from "The Shoemaker and the Elves" and "The Princess and the Frog" to "The Wild Swans" which now live in that luxury hotel , "The Firebird" and others. The original tales are explicated briefly at the end. Fractured fairy tales.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cloaked by Alex Flinn. Cloaked by Alex Flinn Goodreads Author. 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 the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.
Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking yes, talking! Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published February 8th by HarperCollins first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cloaked , please sign up.
Are Beastly, Towering, Cloaked and Bewitched connected? If so do you have to read one to understand another or can you read whichever whenever without missing parts of the story? Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow You can read them all separately, but some of them do connect. Beastly and Bewitching are part of what is called "The Kendra Chronicles" this also in …more You can read them all separately, but some of them do connect.
Beastly and Bewitching are part of what is called "The Kendra Chronicles" this also includes Flinn's more recent books 'Mirrored' and 'Beheld' but they are not a straight-forward series and aside from Kendra no characters have repeat appearances. People say "Cloaked" is not connected to the Kendra Chronicles, but as I'm currently reading it right now I think there is a BIG chance that even though Kendra isn't in it, thus not making it part of that series officially, it still takes place in the same universe.
Reason being, there is a part when the transformed animals who used to be people talk about an "online support group" for persons like themselves only they can't join because they don't have fingers to type with ; a support group like the one described in passing here exists in Beastly and Kylie uses it frequently. Is this a series? Elizabeth Yes and no, she has a few, I believe they connect but I am unsure if they need to be read in a specific order, check out alexflinn.
See all 5 questions about Cloaked…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cloaked. Feb 13, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: hilarious , suprisingly-good. Alex Flinn is a girl, I mean a woman! All this time, I thought she was a guy. Like a man-man.
Like Rick Riordan who retells is this even a verb? Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. This would totally change my perspective in reading hisI mean her books. Oh here I go again, using the Lord's name in vain. I swore not to but it's hard when you're so surprised. Honestly, I am. Anyway, I read the premise and I do not know what retelling would this be. Or maybe I am not familiar with the story but I will soon find out, I guess.
Alex Flinn, a female?! Sorry, I just can't get over it. It must be the adventure, or the lovestory, or the tales she used. I actually am quite familiar with some of them. But the rest not so much so I enjoyed the somewhat newness of it all.
Is it just me or is there really a Percy Jackson feel to it? And you know how I love that series so it definitely helped. I can sum it up in three words: Refreshing. For those who can't get enough of Alex Flinn's work won't surely want to miss this.
View all 36 comments. Dec 05, Cara rated it really liked it Shelves: , male-protagonist , fantasy , fairy-tales. Before anything I have to mention that for some reason I assumed that this was a re-telling of Red Riding Hood , and for those of you probably not too many because I'm exceptionally dim sometimes who thought it was as well I'm here to tell you it isn't.
There is a cloak in the story, but no oblivious girls or furry looking grandmothers in sight. This story follows the life of Johnny, a seventeen-year-old who aspires to be a shoe designer, but what he does is help out with his family's business Before anything I have to mention that for some reason I assumed that this was a re-telling of Red Riding Hood , and for those of you probably not too many because I'm exceptionally dim sometimes who thought it was as well I'm here to tell you it isn't.
This story follows the life of Johnny, a seventeen-year-old who aspires to be a shoe designer, but what he does is help out with his family's business. They repair shoes in South Beach, Florida. It's just him and his mom, and his dad has been missing for years. Unfortunately they have a hard time making ends meet, but with some luck or fate you could say, a princess comes to town that will seem to have the key or more like money to make all those problems go away.
The princess claims that her brother has been turned into a frog and she thinks Johnny is the right person to find him and bring him back.
What ensues is a whirlwind adventure, and Johnny gets a lot more out of it than he had anticipated. I'm a huge fan of fairy tale re-tellings and though I did enjoy this I gotta say it was a bit of an overload. The fairy tales used here aren't that commonly known by people myself included , and it felt too stuffed.
Too many events happening and too many storylines for one story. I felt like we were jumping from crisis to crisis ALL the time. But then again that was probably what the author was trying to achieve; the feeling that our character was almost literally flying by the seat of his pants.
All that aside I did appreciate the magical elements, and how they were interwoven in the storyline. I'm getting too clever for my own good though probably not true but Meghan, who is Johnny's best friend, is a great character and I loved the relationship between them.
What made this story good, even though it felt hurried, was Johnny. He tries hard to help his mom, and he has a vision of how things should be. But at the same time he has his faults. He's convinced the money will fix everything and he'll do almost anything so he and his mom can have a better life.
How can you not like a character like that? Now for what has been irking me since I read this book: Does anyone know why there is a red flower on the cover? I do not remember a red flower being mentioned, or somebody saying something about a red flower. I'm baffled, stumped, and it's really nagging at me. I feel like I missed something, so if anyone can inform me I would greatly appreciate it.
View all 17 comments. May 21, Joy rated it liked it Shelves: magic-fantasy , royalty-and-nobility , fairy-tales-and-retellings , on-the-run , witches-and-wizards. Then one day, a princess from Aloria shows up and asks him to help her find her brother who's been turned into a frog by a nasty witch. She calls him a "good boy," gives him money and two magical things then promises to marry him after he completes the quest.
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Remember Me. 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.
Recently, modern spin-offs of classic fairy tales have become a major hit with both the young and old. The first modern spin-off of a fairy tale that I read and loved was the famous Ella Enchanted. We like it when the heroine does not hang around to be rescued by a Prince but hitches up her skirts and goes and gets what she wants. A modern woman like Fiona from Shrek. Alex Flinn has been synonymous with modern fairy tale remakes after her famous attempt at turning Beauty and the Beast into a great, heart-warming teen romance in Beastly, which is now a popular movie starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.