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Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Synopsis: It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia’s most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School… indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.
Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don’t laugh) to unmask a spy…before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom.
Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it’s good to be bad…
Charmed is the second book in Jen Calonita’s Fairy Tale Reform School series and definitely lives up to the promise introduced in it’s predecessor, Flunked. Once again it turns everything you thought you knew about the fairy tale world, saving it’s most pointed barbs for the “Princesses”: Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty, all who definitely are not the perfect characters that are depicted in other books and movies. The world building is just as well executed in this second book and readers are treated to even more details regarding Enchantasia and it’s history. There’s a lot of humor in this book but underneath it all is a thorough examination of the differences between being “good” and being “bad” as well as the true meaning of friendship. Gilly isn’t quite as likable as she was in the first book. She’s let her fame go to her head, and treats her friends pretty horribly. Watching her as she loses her way and then realizes that she’s nothing without her friends and her family makes her extremely relatable. The ending definitely leads one to think there will be at least one more book in the series. Elementary school and middle school-aged fans of fractured fairy tales will enjoy this funny follow-up. These two books are definite must-haves for any school library.
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