Book Review: Flunked (MG)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita

Goodreads Summary:
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?

My Review:
I was really excited to read this book. I love fairy tale re-imaginings like the TV show Once Upon a Time. In this book, Gilly, one of the children who lives in a shoe, is sent to reform school after stealing from the royals three times. The school is run by Flora, the wicked step-mother of Ella (Cinderella). Other reformed villains teach at the school. The idea is creative and fun.

Unfortunately, I was very distracted by all of the similarities to the Harry Potter books, especially The Sorcerer’s Stone. No author should ever try to match J.K. Rowling. It’s impossible to reach that high standard.

The world Jen Calonita creates is interesting, the friendships were cute, and the adventure was pretty fun, but I just didn’t really get into this book all that much. Luckily it was a quick read. Maybe kids would enjoy it more than I did. It does set up well for a full series, but I won’t be reading any additional books.

My Rating: 2 Stars
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