Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked by Jen Calonita

21996359How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Sourcebooks

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: 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?

200words (or less) review: Happily Ever After for Cinderella meant the end for Gilly’s fathers custom glass slippers. With Ella’s fairy godmother having copied the design and creating glass slippers there are no orders, so Gilly’s family is going hungry. Gilly hates the Royals.

To feed her siblings she resorts to theft but lifting a hair-clip for her sister’s birthday ends up with Gilly being sent to Fairy Tale Reform School (FTRS). Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother is Headmistress and the teachers are reformed villains – or are they?

I loved the school environment and the characters, teachers and students. Gilly is a likable narrator and her feelings about the Royals are understandable. Her character developed from the beginning of the book but didn’t lose the fire that made me like Gilly from the very beginning.

Flunked is a quick and entertaining read. I’m pretty convinced there are more Fairy Tale Reform School stories to come – I certainly hope so.

Recommend it?

Yes

Expected publication:
March 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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