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(Royal Academy Rebels #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  838 ratings  ·  115 reviews
A brand new series from Jen Calonita, set in the world of Fairy Tale Reform School! Not everyone born royal is meant to rule…

In the magical fairytale kingdom of Enchantasia, becoming a legendary Prince or Princess doesn't happen overnight. Enter Royal Academy, the training ground for the fairytale leaders of tomorrow!

But reluctant-future-princess and new-student Devin has
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
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Jun 28, 2018 added it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cliffhangers.
2 very cranky and disappointed stars for Misfits, in which we follow Devin, a princess who would much rather spend her time taking care of sick and injured animals than doing the usual princess-y things. Devin's special skill of being able to communicate with animals makes her a natural at tending to their healthcare needs, and she spends much of her time sneaking away from the castle to partake in "Animal Care".

Unfortunately, the kingdom requires that all princes and princesses attend the renow
Amy Imogene Reads
2.5 stars

I was quite surprised by this! Cute, fun, overall easy read. I wish it had at least a smidge of diversity... but more on that in the review. Review to come!
Tanja Voosen
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a super cute and fun read! I always enjoy Jen Calonitas books! Devin was a sarcastic, lovely and likeable character and surely not your average princess. There was a lot of action and really unique Fairytale elements to the plot. And I really liked the girl power! If you are looking for a enjoyable middle grade series, here it is!

Enchantasia, the magical land where ALL of the fairytale heroes, villains and magical creatures live.

Princess Devin, who can talk to and understand most animals wants to be a special animal caregiver. However, her parents insist that she attend Royal Academy where royalty offspring are taught "life skills" to be princesses and princes (boys get to fight dragons but girls have to just sit there and wait).
However, something is not right at Royal Academy: it s
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. It ends in such a way where if you liked it, you have to read the next one. It's not exactly a cliff hanger, but it is something like that.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.4

If you were born to live one way but you but you grew up wanting to live another way, would you do what you thought was right, or would you follow your heart? For Princess Devin Nile, she would be happy living her life in the forest taking care of all the animals. Devin has a very unusual talent - she can talk to and understand animals. However, Devin is a princess and she is expected to go to RA, Royal Academy, where all of the prince and princesses go to
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! I would probably have rated this as a five if I was younger, and a four now, so I'll go for the middle ground.

Read in one day! I love that middle grade books are nice, quick reads and still pack a great story! For some reason, I wasn't a fan of Flunked after being 50 pages in, but the counterpart school of the Royal Academy and the character of Princess Devin sucked me in to this one! I wish this had been longer, honestly, so we could have seen more development between the characters
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devin has a gift -- she can talk to animals. She would much rather stay at home and tent do the forest creatures who need her healing skills, but is required to attend the Royal Academy. When she gets there, she immediately finds herself racking up strike after strike and is headed for banishment. All her instincts seem to be breaking the rules that the head of the school and resident fairy godmother put in place. Will Devin and her friends be able to expose the corruption at the Royal Academy i ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic and delightfully quick read! I devoured the whole book in one sitting, and can't wait to read the sequel! The main character Devin makes a great female hero, even though that's the last thing that Fairy God Mother Olivina wants her to be.... but Devin refuses to be molded into a scared princess who can't fight her own battles. She is not waiting around for any prince to save her, she'll save herself! I will certainly be checking out more books from this author.

Thank you to
Destiny Bridwell
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is not the first book that I have read by this author. I just find something fun about the fairytale worlds that she comes with and how she asks the real questions we all want to know the answers too. Devin wants to take care of animals since one of her skills is being able to communicate with them, but she seems to butt heads with both her parents and her headmistress at RA. It is a fun and crazy cast of characters. I want to rea ...more
Elisa {SeekerOfMagic}
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved Devin and what she stood for, I can't wait to continue the series.
Nicole M. Hewitt
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I've been meaning to check out the Fairy Tale Reform School Series for a long time because it just looks so incredibly fun, so when I saw that there was a spin-off series (Royal Academy Rebels), I thought I'd jump in and see what I've been missing!

As expected, this series is super light and fluffy and adorable and perfect for MG readers who love the boarding school spin on fairy tales. The MC is Devin, a reluctant roya
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it

This book is following a trend on fairy tale schools/princess schools/famous people go to a prep school to learn how to be royalty trend that we're seeing a lot in writing nowadays. No problem, I'm always down for a fresh take.

This book features Devin Nile, unknown-royalty girl who has a "super high-tier princess skill" of being able to talk to animals. All Devin wants to do is run an animal-care program when she ascends to the throne one day. That is, however, until she recei
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Royal Academy Rebels

✨ Quill's thoughts...

✨Devin's my kind of princess!
She's thirteenth in line and not worried about becoming Queen. In fact she has big dreams for her life, she wants to grow up to be a Creature Caretaker (aka a veterinarian for both magical and normal creatures) she's already quite good at taking care of the forest creatures near her castle. It helps when you can understand animals, well....most animals, she's still learning after all. But all Devin's dreams seem dashed when
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
¨Fake it till you make it.¨ Devin may be a princess, but it isn´t the life path she´d choose for herself. If you ask her she´d rather use her ability to talk to creatures to aid in healing them. Unfortunately, Devin doesn´t get a say in what she wants to do and is sent to Royal Academy- because attendance at RA is mandatory for all young royals in the kingdom. From the moment Devin arrives at RA she feels as though something is off. The question is, is she right or is she just refusing to give ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle Grade Fantasy. I have enjoyed Calonita's Fairy Tale Reform school series, so I was excited to learn about a new series set in the same world. This one focuses on Royal Academy, where all the students of royal lineage are required to attend. The rules and expectations are very clear: the princesses need to wait for the princes to rescue them. Devin is our main character, with absolutely no interest in learning how to be royal. She would have preferred to stay at home and continue teaching ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a princess named Devin that does not want to be a princess, she also has a very special Power but her mom doesn't let her use the power Because the mother is embarrassed by that power that Devin has. But her father appreciates the power that she has. One day Royal Academy asks Devin to be apart of the Royal Academy, her mother well Appreciates of this opportunity but her father thinks she should just stay home both parents agree to take Devin to the Royal Academy Devin meets a ...more
A new series set back in the world of Enchantasia, this series has all the charm and fairy-tale fun of Fairy Tale Reform School!

Devin is the wild child animal lover / princess I wanted to be as a kid.

This is a delightful middle grade tale with adventure, animals, magic, and the kind of encouragement to do the right thing that makes any kids' book a little bit more amazing than any grown up book could ever be.

It's a school story that fully acknowledges that school isn't always the moral authority
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was really hard to finnish this book.
I was expecting something else, not:

"We should be on the superlative list together as best roomies, not the roommates with the most strikes!” Her voice is shrill.
“Raina, relax,” Sasha says, taking a sip of tea with her pinkie pointed straight in the air. “It’s not like you got a strike too.”
“It’s guilt by association!” Raina waves a paper fan over her face to calm herself down. “Everyone will be talking about how you both have strikes, which turns i
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Royal Academy Rebels is a spinoff from Jen Calonita's Fairy Tale Reform School series. I have been enjoying that series and thought I would give this one a try. I have to say that I did not enjoy this one as much, but it was still a good read. The protagonist in this series is Devin. She is from royal lineage and has been invited to attend the Royal Academy. She has the ability to communicate with animals and that is something that is very important to those who rule Enchantasia. She does not wa ...more
Madeline Friedman
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
So, so cute!
Devin is not your typical princess. She can talk to animals, prefers to wear pants, and absolutely does NOT want to attend Royal Academy, a school for young princesses and princes. Much to her disappointment, she ends up at Royal Academy anyway. At first, everything seems fine, but it doesn't take long before Devin and her new roommates start noticing some weird things happening. Soon, Devin is defending her classmates from harpies and dragons—but magical creatures are the least of h
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a middle school girl and I really loved this book because it is just like the fairy tale reform school series and that was one of my favorite series. This book features Devin Nile, a royal who has a gift: she can talk to animals. She gets an invitation to go to Royal Academy for royals, but she doesn't want to go. She ends up going anyway and instantly makes friends white Heathcliff and Raina White, Snow White's siblings, Sasha Briarwood, Princess Rose's sister, and Logan Wetherby. She goes ...more
Amanda Sanders
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is a bit of a copycat of Harry Potter. The Royal Academy, though, has less purpose than a magical school. Devin, the main character, can talk to animals and she is rare royalty. She has an ambitious mother who has known about the Royal Academy all of Devin's life, but somehow Devin doesn't know any rules or what to do when she gets there. And the ambitious mother didn't know about how rare Devin's animal talking gift was and how it could help Devin's royal endeavors. I think an ambitio ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Misfits was a super cute book about not fitting in- in a fairy tale world. I didn't read the first series from Jen Calonita (Fairy Tale Reform School) but it didn't seem super necessary. There were some references to that series, but this might hold up as a good separate series.

Devin is a princess in Enchantasia (say that 5 times fast), but she's not a typical princess. She isn't into ruffles and other stereotypical princess stuff- she likes talking with her animal friends and helping them with
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and variations of fairy tales do very well at our library. Misfits was a twist on old classics that have a new take on mischief. This reminded me of Descendants but it mostly focused on the heroines of the fairy tales especially Cinderella and Alice and Wonderland. We have a few of Jen's books from the series Secrets of my Hollywood Life and they have circulated real well. When I got the book I was really excited to read it hoping it would delive ...more
Jill Jemmett
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!

The characters in the story are new princes and princesses. Some are related to familiar princesses, such as Raina who is Snow White’s sister. Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel graduated from the school years ago, but they still make appearances in the story.

Devin was a rebel, which didn’t go with Olivina’s vision for the school. Olivina is the fairy godmother who runs the school. However, everything is not what it seems at the school. People who you think should be good ar
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
A spin-off series from her Reform School books. This time the princess does not want to go to the Royal Academy and has her own plan for life. She has the gift to speak with animals and want to be a caregiver. She's required to attend this school and has difficulties from arrival on. These are partially caused by her refusal to read any of the required information.
She finds friends who also have serious questions about what is happening at this school and they suffer consequences for challenging
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Devin is the kind of princess ever girl should want to be. She doesn't play by the rules and saves herself and her friends when they are in danger. But that goes again the Royal Academy Manual for how princesses are supposed to act (wait for the prince to save them of course!) Devin and her friends can tell there is something suspicious about Olivina, THE Fairy Godmother and headmistress of Royal Academy and discover the truth that could change the kingdom!
This was an action packed story full of
Favour Egbune
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't come into this book with a positive or even neutral outlook because I hadn't exactly enjoyed the accompanying series "Fairy Tale Reform School". I really thought it'd be similar, boring, and not worth reading the sequels.

Well, it was similar. There were certain parallels. But it definitely wasn't as dull as I had found "Fairy Tale Reform School" to be. I think it's probably because I liked these character's personalities better, especially Snow's brother and that one dude who was afraid
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