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Review: Flunked by Jen Calonita

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jen Calonita

Genre: MG Fairy TaleFantasy
Hardback: 256 Pages
Publication: March 3, 2015
by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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?


FLUNKED is a charming revisit to the world of fairy-tale princesses and their villains.

This is a novel that you have to be in the right mood to read. Just from looking at the cover, you can tell that this is going to be a light-hearted, whimsical read. Not to mention the fact that villains from popular fairy tales have supposedly gone good. (Truth or fiction?) I believe that many who read this will be charmed by Gilly and how she makes a place for herself in this world. For me, however, the characters fell flat and weren't all that well developed, and the plot was rather simple. I felt like I was strung along for the ride as Gilly hopped from class to class and checked out all that FTRS had to offer. Not to mention that she just so happens to spot the headmistress walking into the forbidden forrest (because all fairy-tale like schools need one) and decides to investigate.

It was all a bit too cliched and stereotypical and flat for me. If I was in a different mood, maybe I would have enjoyed it more.

A copy was provided by Sourcebooks for review

Rating: 2 stars

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