Fairy Tale Reformed School: Flunked By Jen Calonita
Review By Eve Culley
This is the other side of the fairy tale where the ordinary folk live. You know, the trolls, the bad fairies, and in this story the cobbler’s daughter who live in a shoe.
Gillian, Gilly to her friends, is a thief. She steals from the royals to buy food for her family. Then the long arm of the law finally catches up to her and it’s off to reform school. Where she meets trolls, fairies, magic mirrors, live gargoyles, reformed villains, and really bad villains. It’s up to her and her school friends to figure out who is trying to kill the Princesses Ella, Snow, Rapunzel and Rose and save the day.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that she gets to ride Pegasus. The school has a stable of flying horses that the kids get to ride. There are appearing and disappearing hall ways in the school and the proverbial dungeon for those really bad villains. This book is a fun read. Enjoy!
Meet the Author
Jen Calonita has always loved writing. Her first published piece was in the sixth grade newspaper where she wrote about an attack snake who bothered her canoe on a class field trip. These days she writes about teen drama, relationships and romance.
An entertainment journalist for ten years, Jen interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. It was her work in the entertainment world that inspired her first series, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. The six-book series is about a teen starlet named Kaitlin Burke who grows weary of the fame game, but loves being an actress. The series has been published in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Japan and Russia.
Jen has also published two stand-alone novels. Booklist called Sleepaway Girls: “The picture-perfect setting, the sweet little kids, the seductive freedom from parents, and the lure of adult-like responsibility make this the perfect read-alike to suggest to fans of Ann Brashares’ Traveling Pants series.”
Reality Check is about best friends who get their own reality TV show. Booklist said: “Fans of Meg Cabot’s Airhead series and Calonita’s Secrets of My Hollywood Life will eat this fun, timely, cautionary tale right up.”
Her latest series is Belles. The series is about two Southern girls and one life-changing secret.
When the self-professed entertainment junkie is not working, she can be found doing one of three things: scrapbooking, watching Once Upon a Time and Nashville, or going to the movies. Jen resides in Merrick, New York with her husband Mike, sons Tyler and Dylan, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.
Meet the Reviewer
My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.
With our family grown and grand-children galore, we live in west-central Texas with a barn full of critters enjoying the country life.
You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.