Monday, March 7, 2016

Delightful Tale ~ Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School) by Jen Colinita

  • ISBN-10: 1492604046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492604044
  • Series: Fairy Tale Reform School (Book 2)
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 1, 2016)
  • Recommended ages: 9-13 


Sometimes it's good to be bad...
It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia's most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School...indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.
Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don't laugh) to unmask a spy...before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom.
Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it's good to be bad...

I've been enjoying reading some of the current releases in the newer genre of fairy tale re-tellings/ adaptations for both children and young adults. The most recent book I've read is Charmed ~ the second book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series.  

I found Charmed to be a delightful tale that was  well ... really quite charming.  (I know, bad pun ... I heard those groans out there!)  The story flowed well but at times was a bit predictable. Even so, I found the plot to be creative, the characters delightful and the story was filled with action, adventure and a bit of suspenseful drama. I also appreciated the underlying messages of team work, honor and friendship as well. 

The author's play on well known fairy tale characters and their subsequent roles in this story as well as some of their re-naming, I found to be quite humorous. The bantering between the characters was worthy of bringing a smile to my face as well. 

All in all, a delightful tale for children of all ages! I am looking forward to reading the first book in this series, Flunked

3.5 Stars! 

Thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Netgalley for the gift of a this book in exchange for an honest review.

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