Mina Grime’s family has moved a lot. It seems Sara, her mother, is always sprinting into the house, telling them they must pack RIGHT NOW. Then they go somewhere new and start all over. Sara won’t let Mina do any extracurriculars or stand out in any way. She want her to stay under cover, and Minda has no idea why. Other than being a little clumsy, she thinks she’s pretty normal. If unpopular and invisible are normal.
At a tour of a bakery (one that Mina’s mother asked her not to go to), Mina saves the life of one of the most popular boys. Suddenly everyone sees her. And that’s not necessarily good. Odd things start happening with more frequency, and then she finally finds out why her mother has been running all of these years: their last name is really Grimm, and there’s a fairy-tale-like curse on the family. She must fight her way through all of the fairy tales that the Grimm brothers chronicled. Even though that just may be what killed her father.
Can she take on the challenge so she can save her baby brother from this fate? Can she put an end to the curse once and for all?
So?: These days, fairy-tale reboots are the thing. I love it. The author doesn’t have to explain a lot, since most people already know these tales by heart. Their familiarity makes new explanations and plot twists breathe new life into old stories. This series looks like it will be a fun way to tell something old in a new way.
The Bottom Line: Climb down from your tower and head to the bookstore, Rapunzel.
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn was published 2011 by Chanda Hahn. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Action/Adventure Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up