Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?
Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.
Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and l...more
But despite those two surprising revelations, Flunked is pretty predictable in the sense that from the very beginning we guess when bad events are going to unfold and we pretty much already point at a culprit.
And that’s okay. I never expect fairytales to mind-boggle me. But I do expect them to be c ...more
The story follows a 12 years old Gilly who is a thief. Stealling from rich royalty is just what she does in order to bring food to her family's table (Robin Hood complex, can you tell?).
One day, after she gets cought for the third time (I just have to ...more
As you can read from the book description, Gilly is a thief, but she only does this to help her family get money to eat. She has five brothers and sisters and they live with their parents in a boot. Their father makes shoes but he's not getting much work right now. There is a reason but you have to read the book to find out why! :)
But...this time Gilly gets caught and this is her third offense!
All of the teachers, etc i ...more
I wanted to like this book. It was an interesting idea, and it seemed cute to begin with. The execution left a lot to be desired. The characters felt more than a bit uneven to me. They weren't all that well developed, so their actions felt inconsistent, or contrary to what I knew about them. The balance between the darker aspects of the story, and the cuter ones felt off as well. It was almost like the author wasn't s ...more
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This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Irena! I was really looking forward to reading this book! I loved how the synopsis sounded and I am always on the hunt for a good fairytale retelling. Unfortunately I really did not like this book.
The book begins with an announcement about how Cinderella's stepmother founded the school and it's high success rates. You are then taken to Gilly who is going to rob some blonde girls hair p ...more
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Release Date: March 3rd
If you're looking for a cute and funny middle grade book, look no further: Author Jen Calonita's story is bound to be a winner amongst its readers, whether they're younger or older.
The only necessary requisite?
One must have a sense of humour:
"(..)a room with a sign that says: Archery—Don’t lose an eye!
Announce yourself before entering."
With a feisty heroine, an interesting and fast paced plot, and great d ...more
Even though I'm 27, every now and then I like to read a middle-grade novel. There's something magical about a good middle-grade book. I love getting swept up in a story of good versus evil, where the good guy always wins in the end. It just leaves you with a warm and cozy feeling. I was looking through the books on my Kindle and saw that I owned all of the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and decided to binge read it. I loved it. I flew through the enti ...more
Gillian is one of the children that live in the shoe. The fairy princesses in charge have enacted a magical shoe production, a production that has devastated Gillian's family financially. To make ends meet, Gilly has taken to a not so legal means to earning money…she is stealing. Because of her indiscretions she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School.
Fairy Tale reform school is filled with the misfits, the students, and “reformed” villains, ...more
Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called Fairy Tale Reform School. I really liked this book. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. Yes, it was a younger read than I was used to, but it was perfectly suited for it's middle grade audience. The heroine is Gilly and is around 12 or 13. She is caught stealing a hair clip and is shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School ...more
Gilly Cobbler is a small time pick pocket, trying to help feed her family. Her father is a cobbler and they are the family that lives in the shoe and has so many kids they don't know what to do. Without her thievery, the family would starve. Unfortunately, Gilly gets caught 1 to many times and gets sent to Fairy Tale Reform School. While there, she catches on to a plot that could not only damage the hierarchy of the kingdom, but everyone in the kingdom too. How is a sm ...more
Gilly is a 12 year old who has developed a Robin Hood complex due to her father's dying shoemaking business. She steals from the nobles in order to help put food in her siblings bellies and smiles on their faces. One of six sibl ...more
Prepare to get swept into the land of storybook legends, where gnomes and fairies and humans live together in (general) harmony. The princesses that we all know and love rule over the kingdom, the commoners live in anything from cottages to giant boots (Just ask Gilly!), and ...more
How is it that fairy tale retellings can still be popping up all over the place? Haven't we had enough of those already? The answer is no, because authors like Jen Calonita keep finding ways to make the classics fresh again. Until they can't do that anymore, retellings are here to stay. (And I love it!)
The little twist that makes Flunked so much fun is The Fairy Tale Reform School. Known throughout Enchantasia as the place where all bad kids go, it's r ...more
It is not a fairy tale retelling, but it is a story with familiar characters. All the evil, and now gui ...more
Even though it lacks some of the development present in books meant for older readers, I found this to be an incredibly FUN read that also touched on important topics like the importance of friendship, the downfalls of bullying, and the differences betwe ...more
I can’t wait I read the second book!
Personally I wish there had been a few more sparks between Gilly and Jax...
BTW- Jax’s actual identity is awesome!!!
(I won’t tell...) ...more
I was reading it to see if it would be worth giving to my nieces. There’s no way I would give this to young girls this toxic message. 🚮
The audiobook is just long enough to tell a story and short enough to keep the MG crowd interested. This would be a great story to take along on a car trip. It is also cute enough to keep the parents interested. Kristin Condon does an excellent job of narration. While her mal ...more
This book was so disappointing. It felt like it was written by one of my students. All dialogue, very little exposition. Everything was told instead of showed and there was no character development whatsoever. I could not wait for this one to end. The world was interesting but too much was thrown at the reader too fast. It felt like the author was trying to cram in as many references as possible which ended up creating a completely convoluted plot wit ...more
I'm Jen Calonita, a MG and 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 wa ...more
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I've had enough of this one. "I never have, but if you want to try leather, I'm happy to shove some down your throat.”