Monday, March 30, 2015

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1) by Jen Calonita

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.
Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.
Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?

Book Review:
This sounded like a light-hearted read with a whimsical twist, and that is exactly what I got. Gilly's situation is easy to understand. Her parents just don't make enough money to provide for their children. So naturally Gilly tries to make-up for what her parents lack by stealing from the rich, which eventually lands her in Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS). FTRS offers its students a chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of society. This is where Gilly finds herself in the midst of a battle between good and evil. I enjoyed the transformation of the fairy tale villains we all know into professors at FTRS. I also enjoyed Calonita's modern twist on the fairy tales themselves. Overall, this was a fanciful tale that kept me up reading late into the night. I'll definitely be on the look-out for Calonita's sequel!

Thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for this copy.
Published March 3rd 2015
This is my honest review.

Cover Art Commentary:
I think this cover is just adorable! I love all the books and fairy tale regalia. The colors blend together nicely. It's a cover that is fitting for the contents it contains.


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