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Review: Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School #2) by Jen Calonita

Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2)Charmed is the exciting sequel to the wildly popular Flunked -- second in the brand new Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

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. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, 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…
  I hope you are ready for another fun-filled romp through Enchantasia. Charmed is full of everything I loved from book one, Flunked, plus a little bit more. As to be expected, the setting is great! I really wish Fairy Tale Reform School was a real place so I could see it with my own eyes. (Someone tell Disney they need to make this the next expansion at Disney World, please!)Charmed brings new characters to the mix, but is that a good thing? That's something Gilly has to find out. Along with, of course, a serious life lesson about friendship. Like all good middle grades fiction, the main character has to make some life changing revelation. For Gilly, this is not an easy task and nearly costs her everything she values. I knew, though, that this would be a hit with its target audience, and I was right. I gave Flunked to my niece for Christmas and she loved it! In fact, she texted me when she started Charmed so we could discuss it. That's a sign of a good book, folks. I did find the conflict a bit transparent (I figured out the villain from the beginning), but I'm also well outside the intended age for a reader. So, I think the book gets a pass on that. Even if it was easy to scope out the bad guy, the setting and unique idea helped shape a great story. The Fairy Tale Reform School books are quickly becoming a favorite for me, and I hope Jen Calonita continues to write them. I look forward to seeing where the characters' adventures take us. On a side note-- If you ever get the chance to hear Ms. Calonita speak in person, DO IT. She's fascinating and has such a great story! Anyone that has pictures with N'Sync and wrote for TigerBeat magazine wins cool points for life. Just saying. 

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