Genre: Fantasy, Childrens, Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
March 3rd, 2015
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?
For the grading I am going to have to give Flunked a solid C because I did enjoy this rather quick read, however everything about this book felt rather “quick”. The idea behind this book and the plot is great and I enjoyed following Gilly’s adventure, but I felt that there could have been a bit more substance. The plot was a bit of a whirlwind — quick and interesting — but I would have loved if it had been more drawn out. The main characters had wonderful and loud personalities, however they weren’t as developed as I would have liked. I feel that if the book would have been a bit longer with more background and description it would have been better. (Are you sensing a theme here?) I would recommend this book for a middle-school-grade reader!