on March 3rd 2015
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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?
Not only was I totally drawn to the cover but the synopsis sounds like so much fun. You always read about the good guys so it was a nice change for once to read about the villain, even though they were now good guys….sort of, but no….oh, nevermind.
I am a lover of fairytale retelling, this book was fantastic. Kind of had a Harry Potter type feel to it with the school, teachers and the group of friends. Gillian Cobbler just wants to help her family but when she is caught stealing one to many times she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School to help her see that doing bad isn’t the way to go, she needs to turn herself around to the side of good. I love Gillian and I really think what she was doing would not be seen as bad but a good thing for her family just not going about it the right way. The story is told on her POV and I loved her, she is really cute, caring and just worried about her family. Even though the character is said to be 12 years old I kind of felt like she was older maybe about 16 so that was throwing me off just a little, the other characters Kayla, Jax, Maxine and Ollie are super cute but I wish they had a little more character build which I hope will happen in the next book. I also wanted a little more world build just to get a clear picture of the school and the world this was set it. I loved the idea that the princesses ruled the land and the concept of the book is brilliant.
The story is fantastic, I love the idea that kids that could be going toward a life of evil have a chance to redeem themselves by going to reform school and seeing all the evil villains as the professors. Just a wonderful idea, I noticed that some of the stories about the princesses and villains were taken from the original stories not the Disney version and this made me love the book even more.
Needing little more character and world build this book was a 4.5 star for me. It was fast moving with non stop action and some great twists and turns, I loved the characters and looking forward to the next book to see what happens to Gillian and her friends. I think this is a great start to what could be a fantastic series.
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