UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale
Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1
By Chanda Hahn
Number of Pages: 234
Date Started: November 10, 2015
Date Finished: November 11, 2015
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
The idea that this book series has is a wonderful one– a girl having to take on modern interpretations of the classic fairy tales. The main characters have good characterization and it’s easy to empathize with them. I loved the way that colours played into the novel! I also love that Mina’s only real accomplice probably shouldn’t be working with her, given their differences. I believe that there will be more to Mina’s little brother, Charlie, later on, and that he will play a pivotal role in the overall series.
The book did have some issues with blanket statements, such as stating that a girl laid claim to her boyfriend “as only a female high school student could.” Another such statement being, “Brody was every girl’s dream guy.” (Both of these examples are from Chapter 1) There is a great little Harry Potter reference when Mina states she is “on cloud nine and three-quarters” in Chapter 7. There were a few places that I thought could have used a better editing job, but overall, this was a good read.
It will be interesting to see where Hahn takes the books from here, and I look forward to learning more about Mina’s plight.
Author Bio: (From Amazon)
Chanda Hahn is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.
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