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?
The cover and description of this book was so intriguing, I had to have it. I felt so blessed to get an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am participating in the Fairy Tale Re-telling Challenge and this book fit perfectly. It was a brand new take on fairy tales.
- The world created by Jen Calonita. It was a fun world that incorporated all the popular fairy tales, the heroes and the villains.
- Our MC is Gilly. She is a spunky 12 year old who tends to live on the edge to help her family. She steals, but only in the Robin Hood sense, to bring her poor family food and income. She has a sense of adventure and always seems to be involved in some sort of trouble.
- Gilly is sent to a fairy tale reform school for the villainous individuals in town. It was lead by Cinderella's evil step-mother and some of the teacher's included the big bad wolf.
- I think the series could have a lot of potential and I am interested to see where Jen Calonita takes the characters next.
- I don't often read middle school grade books, so it felt a little immature for me. I don't have a lot of middle school age kids around me at this time, mostly just little kids right now. So I think having a better understanding of the mind of a middle-schooler would help me relate to the book better.
- There was a lot of action in the one book. Since it was already slated to be a series, I would have enjoyed more world building and more time spent with all the characters in the school. I realize that attention spans are less in middle school books than young adult, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters.