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Cloaked Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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Flinn attended a performing arts high school program, similar to that portrayed in her book, Diva, then majored in vocal performance in college. Panicked upon realizing that there weren't a whole lot of jobs for opera singers, Flinn went to law school.
Law school was, it turns out a really good place to learn to write for teenagers. Writing for teens and writing for judges are very similar because both judges and teens have a lot of demands on their time and minimal time for reading. Also, Flinn interned at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, trying many domestic violence cases, which were later the inspiration for her first novel, Breathing Underwater.
Breathing Underwater was published in 2001. It received many honors, including being chosen a Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. It was followed by Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, Diva, and Beastly. Beastly is soon to be released as a motion picture. Her newest book is A Kiss in Time, a modern Sleeping Beauty.
Flinn still lives in Miami with her husband, two daughters, a dog, cat, and African Spur-Thighed Tortoise. She enjoys performing arts, biking, and travel.
Top Customer Reviews
The thing you have to remember about Flinn's work is that is it is not meant to be taken completely seriously - it has an airy quality that lends itself to her magical storylines. Cloaked is a "modern fairy-tale mash-up" that is about an unlikely hero, Johnny. Johnny is a seventeen-year-old boy who works at his family business, repairing shoes. He is feeling down on himself, because he feels his life is going nowhere, when a beautiful Princess from a foreign land enlists him to help find her "bruzzer" (Princess speak for Brother). Johnny is soon swept up in' a whirlwind adventure that had him traveling to globe and running for his life.
You follow Johnny, accompanied by his best friend Meg, as he takes on his dangerous quest. There are talking animals, a magic teleporting cloak, scary bikers, crazy witches and two terrifying giants. Johnny is an interesting character who I found to be incredibly humorous. He could be a bit slow on the uptake though - sometimes I found myself in awe of his cluelessness (I don't know if that's a word, but it is now); especially when it comes to girls. But overall, it is easy to root for Johnny, everyone loves the underdog.
I feel like Cloaked was a great read, for the type of book it was meant to be. Like I said before - it's not a serious book; it is meant to be light, entertaining and whimsical. If you look at it under a microscope, I am sure you would find flaws. Often times plot advances aren't exactly logical - but they aren't suppose to be.Read more ›
Then suddenly one day, a real, live princess shows up at the hotel, and she changes Johnny's life forever. A witch's curse has transformed her brother into a frog, and only a good, kind, loyal boy like Johnny can save him. With the aid of a magic cloak that can transport him anywhere he needs to go, and the advice of various magical animals that were once human, Johnny sets out on a wild adventure with the promise of a $10,000 reward from the princess and her hand in marriage if he rescues the frog prince.
I discovered this author the way thousands of people are these days, because her book Beastly has been made into a movie, which I am very much looking forward to seeing. I read and enjoyed that book, which is a contemporary, fairy-tale retelling. This book is, too, but it goes a step farther. Rather than dealing with only one fairy tale, it is a "modern fairy-tale mash-up.Read more ›
Johnny Marco is an impoverished teenager living in sunny, spring breaky South Beach, which is how you can tell that fate or the gods have it in for you. Johnny knows he's so poor he'll never go to college, knows he's stuck working in the family shoe repair shop ensconced in a posh Miami hotel. The kid's dad had done a bunk years ago, leaving his struggling mom to raise him. Johnny dreams of designing the most swanky of footwear - and, no, he's not light in the loafers - but he realizes how far-fetched the daydream.
His world gets topsy-turvied when, out of the blue, a stunning princess implores him to undertake a quest, to find her brother who'd been abducted and transformed into a frog. In exchange, the princess vows to marry him, cure him of poverty. Once Johnny accepts the fact that magic really does exist (this is amply demonstrated to Johnny) he eagerly champions the cause. To help him, the princess gives him a wad of cash, a teleporting cloak, and earbuds which allow him to speak with animals who were once humans. Johnny's best friend, Meg - and right here wheels should be spinning in your head - also gives him a gift, an opal ring which she tells him to put on should he get in trouble because it'll bring him luck. And off Johnny goes.
It is what it is. Fluffy and lite, CLOAKED was enjoyable but I wasn't so immersed into the author's world-building.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alex Flinn is awesome. I first read this book back in junior high when I was following along on Alex Flinn's books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mongo
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Quick Reasons: fun, quirky characters and a unique spin on several well-known tales; more focus upon the drama and action than on character... Read more
Wonderfully written story displaying a love for classic fairy tales which are intertwined throughout the adventures experienced by this ordinary shoe-repair boy sent on a quest by... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a little juvenile for me, but I think the 11-15 year-old crowd would like it. I did like that it was wholesome and had good morals.Published 12 months ago by Allison
I fought for so long, not to read this. I have read the other books in her fairy tale series, and loved them! Read morePublished 13 months ago by heather patrick
I loved this novel! FYI: I have enjoyed ALL of Alex Flinn's rewrites of fairytale stories.Published 15 months ago by Sarah Courtney Rose