Unenchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) By Chanda Hahn
Summary: Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; 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 descended 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 it’s next fairytale 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.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
So, this book was a freebie I got through Amazon a few months ago. It’s another spin on classic fairy tales, where our heroine Mina must break a terrible family curse that started with her X-great grandfathers, the Grimm Brothers. Yeah, those Grimm Brothers. See where the twist comes in?
Interesting premise enough, since the whole curse thing leaves the impression of many different interpretations of the classic tales I grew up with. And I am a sucker for retellings of fairy tales. But, the execution of the entire thing just kind of hurled itself off of a cliff.
This entire first book can be split into two parts: Exposition in the beginning, and retelling fairy tales at the end. There is just so much talking and explanation throughout the first half of the book that it doesn’t really spin anything. There’s bits and pieces, which build up to the climax, but one would have to get through so much exposition that it tends to get overlooked. And the writing style is just so off-putting, I was half-tempted to mark it as a did-not-finish and give up. I hate doing that to good ideas.
The only part that I really liked about this book was the end, when we finally see just how the main character will put her own spin on the classic tale of her choosing. But that’s kind of bad, when someone really thinks about it. I’m supposed to like a book all the way through, and here I am loving the final bit.
The characters were more like caricatures–cliched and not really leaping off the page. They can be summed up in stereotypes: the klutzy heroine, the dashing jock with a heart of gold, the best friend, the bad boy, the mean girls, I can go on. The only characters that stood out to me were the mom and the little brother. I connected more with them than anyone else.
I felt like this book was trying to be like ABC’s Once Upon A Time, if our main character was a teenage protagonist instead of a grown woman. But the thing is, OUAT does a better retelling of classic fairy tales and stories than this book did. Which is disappointing, since the idea is a good one. It just needs to improve on and stop being so…bland.
The premise is the only thing that would make me want to continue this series. I want to see what other kinds of twists this book series has to offer, because it was a pretty good twist at the end. But if the writing and characters are the same throughout the entire series, and there’s no improvement, then I may just leave it alone and never visit this fairy tale again.