Friday, July 27, 2012

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale)

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 newfound fame brings misfortune as 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 its next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and stop these deadly events, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end. - Goodreads

*May Contain Spoilers*

Chanda Hahn rose above all my expectations in her novel, UnEnchanted. It was an unbelievably great book with a leading lady the impressed me with her strength and determination. 

Mina, short for Wilhelmina, is the clumsiest girl ever and she's set up against a lifetime of fairy tales that all want one thing: to beat her. It doesn't help that most people around her think she'll fail, which means death for dear Mina. I was impressed by her strength to dare take on the fairy tales. To break her family curse she must live through over 200 fairy tales. That's enough to make anyone a little nervous. And the worst news: if she does fail, the curse continues on to her little brother. 

I must say I have a lot of respect for Mina. Hahn wrote Mina as such a clumsy, unsure, nobody that it's hard to believe she's willing to attempt to break the curse so she can save her little brother from the same fate. She is the perfect underdog. Readers will love her character, as a whole, and definitely cheer her on as she faces the main villains of certain stories. 

However, there was one aspect of her personality I didn't like. Mina is a strong character, don't get me wrong, but she tends to run away from things too easily. There is a second book in the series and I hope in that one Mina stands tall all of the time, instead of hiding until she has to fight. 

The supporting characters in the novel are wonderful. Nan and Brody are the perfect  people to have on Mina's team. Though, they do tend to lose Mina. Or, perhaps, she just wonders off a lot. Reader perspective. But they do try to help Mina in any way they can and come to her rescue when able. 

As way of plot, Hahn works wonders! I didn't even realize that Mina was already living through fairy tales before she learns of the curse. And I was actually looking for the signs! I caught a couple of them, but still couldn't pinpoint the exact tale she was working through. The way that Hahn writes the story gives readers the chance to guess what fairy tale Mina will find herself in, like a game within the novel. 

Look for Fairest, after reading this book. It's the second in the series. :)

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rating: 4/5 cups

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