Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School #1 by Jen Calonita

Oh this was fun – a twisted fairy tale mash up with villains that are not so villainous, and a plot to overthrow the “princesses gone wrong”.  A fun romp through some of the secondary characters as they repent and plot in this lovely story.


A bit uncomplicated, there are twists and turns, but none are quite as multi-layered as they could have been.  Gilly is a child that lived in the shoe: after stealing to earn money (yes, the cupboards were bare) she is sent to reform school.

Here we meet the teachers of Enchantasia: the reformed villains of the tales, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother as headmistress being one of the bigger names.  Narrated in 12 year old Gilly’s voice, her descriptions are just what could be expected: a bit older than her years at some times, and then completely and utterly twelve in others. These are young teens and tweens, and often their decisions and insight reflect that fact, feeling wholly appropriate and just plain old fun.

While there is a plot afoot, truly this story is about Gilly: repenting for her bad (or are they really) ways and learning to work with her new friends, as she learns who she is, and how she relates to the world around her.  Plenty of twists and turns keep the story intriguing, with secondary characters that are engaging and fun, if lacking a bit in development.  This story is fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously even as the issues that Gilly faces are often important ones. I’m hoping this is the first in a series of stories, so we can see more of the world through other characters’ eyes.

Perfect for the 11 – 15 year old readers who want a fast-paced light read with a touch of mystery and plenty of moments to laugh.

Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School #1 by Jen Calonita

Title: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 1492620815
Published on: 3 March 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 256
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 17 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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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 villain really change?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Jen Calonita

I'm Jen Calonita, a YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that was how I rolled).
#2. I wanted a mansion, limo, lake house, pool and speed boat (still sounds quite nice).
#3. I wanted to be an author for young readers, which I am!

I love writing novels for teens (and for savvy grown ups who know that YA rocks at any age).



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