- Page Count: 341
- Release Date: February 8, 2011
- My Rating: 2.5 stars
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 the 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 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 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.
Ok so I LOVE fairy tale retellings. But… I don’t know these ones and discovered that kind of takes the joy out of a retelling.
I recognized the themes of The Frog Prince and The Elves & the Shoemaker, but there were a TON of other fairy tales going on as well. There’s a list in the back that included The Six Swans, The Golden Bird, The Valiant Tailor, The Salad (??), and more. So it kind of got a bit chaotic at times.
But even if you don’t know the original stories it still feels like a typical contemporary YA book with a bit of magic thrown in!
Basic plot: main character works in a shoe shop and kind of has a crush on his friend. A European princess comes to town and tells him her brother has been turned into a frog by a witch who will only reverse the curse if the princess marries the evil Zalkenbourgian heir. She says she’ll marry the main character guy instead if he finds her brother and prevents war & doom. She gives him a magical cloak that can transport him wherever he wants to go aaaaand the story unfolds.
It’s a pretty fast read, but I think it was just aimed at a bit of a younger audience than I was in the mood for. Plus, I’m not super into most of the fairy tales it drew from. It was still well written though!!