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Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School) Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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"Gillian remains an appealing, vibrant character, whose first-person narrative, with humorous, dramatic and self-reflective touches, makes for fast-paced, entertaining reading" - Booklist
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Gilly Copper, thief and pickpocket wants to help her friends find and overcome the villain's diabolical plan so she decides to stay at the school and even joins the Royal Ladies-In-Waiting Club under the leadership of Princess Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty) hoping to ferret out vital information. But with everyone thinking of her as a hero and her popularity feeding her ego, Gilly falls prey to the lure of Princess Rose's Club forsaking her friends and determined to find the mole herself. Only with her father's wise words does she regret her behaviour and seek out Maxine, Kayla, Jax and Ollie, knowing that only together can they get to the root of the problem.
Jen Calonita brings to life the magical world of FTRS where escapee Professor Harlow is helping the Wicked One who once cursed Sleeping Beauty and the pirate Bluebeard has not only taken over as coach of her fencing team, but seems to be romancing Madam Cleo. Fast-paced and humorous the mystery mounts in a roller-coaster ride of twist and turns and cryptic clues that keep Gilly and Jax baffled to the identity of the informant. I love this twist on classic fairy tales where the former villains are respected professors, and one of the royal Princesses may have a dark selfish heart.Read more ›
In Charmed Jen Calonita paints a vivid picture of her fantasy world where misguided kids are sent away to a reform school in which former 'baddies' such as the Big Bad Wolf and various other evil characters are now teachers. While the fantasy elements are strong it's the story and relationships between the characters that take centre stage. In Charmed, Gilly and her gaggle of friends - Jax, Ollie, Maxine and Kayla - once again band together to save Enchantasia and hopefully defeat the evil Alva once and for all.
Gilly remains a spunky character who has a great group of friends and is okay with bending the rules to keep the plot interesting. But this time there's an added issue. After her success at defeating evil in the first book she's let her notoriety and fame of that accomplishment give her a hefty sized ego which causes some issues among her friends. She may not be as likeable this time around but how she handles this issue with her friends gives young readers a good lesson too.
Charmed is charming, fun and magical. I'd highly recommend it for tween-aged kids ages 8-12
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Sourcebooks Jaberwocky and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
That being said, since this is the second book in the series, there may be some minor spoilers for the first book within. So read on at your own risk.
Charmed takes off pretty much where Flunked ended. We are still at the Fairy Tale Reform School and we still have most of the same characters. Blackbeard does join the cast as one of the teachers, and one of the princesses does make quite a few more appearances than before, but our core cast of students is still pretty much the same.
However, in Charmed, Gilly is a bit more stuck on herself than she was in the last book. She has let being a "hero" go to her head and sometimes forgets that her friends helped her with what went down in Flunked. Unfortunately this causes a few issues for her. However, it does let us see her grow as a character which is something I appreciate as a reader and a fan of this series.
All in all, Charmed continued on with the fun wonderful world that Jen Calonita created in the first installment. It is fun and full of adventure. And hopefully Jen will be continuing on with this series in a similar matter. I have grown attached to the fun and quirky cast of characters and I want to see them grow more and to see where their adventures take them.
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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After reading the WONDERFUL Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, I decided to start reading some more Middle Grade books! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fable's Library
I enjoyed the book it just made Gilly a little less likable once her fame got to head. But the story it self was great especially with that twist at the end. I like it a lot.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Charmed is the second book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series and is a wonderful middle grade read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gorelenore
Good story for children. Different twist on the regular. Fun to read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the first book in this series, but this one left me a bit frustrated. Simplified, my problems were:
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