Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School book 1 by Jen Calonita 244 pages
This was another twist on a traditional fairy tale. Actually, it twisted a bunch of fairy tales together. The story is set in Enchantasia, where the princesses rule with kindness and generosity. Villains, many of them, have changed their ways and are now teachers at a reform school for budding villains and general ne'er-do-wells. The story follows Gilly, one of the cobbler's daughters (one of many children living in the boot), who is trying to help her family the only way she knows how - theft. Unfortunately, the local Dwarf Patrol knows her and what she's likely to do. She's nabbed for the third time and sent to Fairy Tale Reform School. It's not bad. At all. She has a room almost all to herself, nice clothes, classes that would never have been offered at her trade school and all the food she could eat. She even makes some friends. But Gilly only wants to get back to her family, she worries that her siblings are going hungry and feels guilty with every bite she eats. However, not every villain has given up their evil ways and mysterious things begin to happen at the school. Gilly finds herself playing something of a hero and a detective, mostly by accident. This was a really fun story and I think the series has a lot of potential.