Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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


Written by: Jen Calonita
Age Range: 10 - 13 years
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 149260156X
ISBN-13: 978-1492601562
Genre: Childrens | Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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 villian really change?

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School)My Review:
Flunked by Jen Calonita

Flunked takes us on a not so typical fairy tale adventure.

Gillian is one of the children that live in the shoe. The fairy princesses in charge have enacted a magical shoe production, a production that has devastated Gillian’s family financially. To make ends meet, Gilly has taken to a not so legal means to earning money…she is stealing. Because of her indiscretions she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School.

Fairy Tale reform school is filled with the misfits, the students, and “reformed” villains, the teachers, of Enchantasia. Gilly and her group of new found friends uncover a plot to over through the princesses with the Reform School playing a key role in the evil revolution.

Twisted tales have become very popular of late in both adult and children literature. Flunked is Jen Calonita’s imaginative take on this new teen and tween storyline. In her telling, Calonita uses reformed villains to pull the “at risk of becoming villain” children back into their societies norms. She also uses the not so hero/heroine characters as the only hope to save Enchantasia.

The story is absolutely based for a younger audience. I found it enjoyable but written with the young at heart, with their decision making and actions fitting their ages. It had plenty of action and twists that also opens a lot of directions for further installments in this series. For me, I found it to be a little to uncomplicated for 5 stars but I’m sure this will be a huge hit with the tween crowd.

I received this ARC copy of Fairy Tales Reform School: Flunked from SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 3, 2015.

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