Friday, May 26, 2017

[Book Review] An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series by Chanda Hahn


An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series by Chanda Hahn

My Average Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
Ebook Edition
Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Part 1: From The Book Covers

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 fairy tale 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.

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who is the Fairest of them all?

In the sequel to unEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don't all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story's first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand.

All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a deadly hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the lethal tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?

All that glitters is not gold.

When something precious is stolen from sixteen-year-old Mina Grime, she will do anything in her power to get it back, even if it means traveling to the dangerous Fae plane and battling one of the strongest fairy tale villains yet.

However, nothing can prepare Mina for the dangerous obstacles she will face in the Fae world, or the choices she must make when love and life are on the line.

Going to the Fae plane against Jared's orders has cost Mina dearly. Her decision continues to haunt her as a new danger surfaces. The Grimms are fading.

To save her family's future, Mina Grime will have to travel to the past with the help of her Fae Godmother and a magic pair of shoes.

She must go to where the Story first began, to the beginning of the dark prince's reign. But can she finish her quest before her time runs out or will she be trapped in the past forever?

With the Godmother Guild destroyed by Teague's army, Mina finds herself without guidance of her Fae Godmother. Alone and confused, she must lean on her friends for support. The dark prince threatens their very existence with a show of power on the human plane that has everyone running for their lives.

To save them, Mina must make a deal with the prince to become his prisoner or lose her friends forever. But is there any hope for Jared and the love they briefly shared, or must beauty destroy the beast she created?

Part 2: Recommendation

This YA series was an amazing experience for me overall. I enjoyed how each book was such a page-turner that by the end of UnEnchanted, which I got for free, I was compelled to buy Fairest, the second book and by the end of the it, I ended up buying the rest of the books in the series except for Jared's Quest, a short story about Jared's whereabouts when he's not helping Mina fight off fairy tale villains or annoying her in school since I'm not too keen on reading about what he does apart from Mina. 

This series by Chanda Hahn for me has been a breath of fresh air in the sense that my YA reading habits went down ever since reading Always You by Kirsty Moseley (you can read my review of this book here) in May of 2013 and the decline can easily be attributed to utterly stupid characters and the lack of interesting plot lines. Between June 2013 and today, I've been really picky about reading YA books as I love the genre and I hate seeing it destroyed by insipid, stupid characters. 

Hence, I call this series a breath of fresh air because Mina Grime/Grimm is a very likable and relatable character. Not overly dramatic, protective of her family and friends, slightly wary of new people, loyal, brave when she needs to be, and she easily earns the reader's trust and sympathy right away. The main supporting characters that form Mina's immediate support group consist of her younger brother Charlie, her best friend Nan Taylor, and her long-time crush Brody Carmichael for the humans and Jared, Nix and Ever for the Fae. These support characters are just as likable. You can't help but admire Nan and Brody for their unconditional loyalty and friendship and though newer to the group, you can't help but find Nix quite adorable and brave. And Ever, OMG, Ever is just freaking amazing. As for Jared, I still have mixed feelings about him. 

Now, the plot. It's not your usual fairy tale retellings and it's not like the Grimm TV show either. I have not yet come across a fairy tale retelling that is more focused on the point of view of the Brothers Grimm in a whole new way. The plot line was not about collecting the stories but more like reliving the stories that the Brothers Grimm collected in a contemporary way in quest format where Mina could either be the hero or the villain and as the books progressed, you can clearly see Mina develop as a character as she discovers her Grimm powers, her heritage, and what she must do to save both the Fae and human worlds. 

To conclude this review, Chanda Hahn cleverly weaves in famous and not so famous Grimm fairy tales throughout the books in the series and it is up to Mina and the readers to figure out what the fairy tales are. If you are a fan of fairy tales and their retellings, this series should be on your list.

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