Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: UnEnchanted

Title - UnEnchanted
Author - Chanda Hahn
Series - An Unfortunate Fairytale
Genre - YA fairytale fantasy
Published - 2011

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 new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant 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 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.

Mina doesn’t try to draw attention to herself, because in the past her mother has packed them up moving them across the country. She isn’t popular, clumsy and completely lost when it comes to pop culture but that is all about to change when she saves a popular boy at a bakery. Now that Mina has saved Brody the popular he’s showing an interest in being more than just friends. When Mina is attacked outside the library and Brody is there he wants her to tell the police but she knows the police won’t be able to help her but she doesn’t think she can tell him the truth.

 Mina confronts her mother in attempt to keep her from moving them again only to find out that she comes from a long line of Grimms that have been cursed. In order to break the curse she will need to confront them all head on it could mean her death but she has to do it to save her little brother. At least she won’t have to do it on her own she has the help of her best friend, a magical Grimoire, a stranger who seems to know more than he’s letting on and her crush Brody. Will Mina survive the fairytale dance with Brody? Will the fae catch up with her before the dace?

 I think Mina is a likeable character she has typical high school unpopular girl problems. She is one of those characters that just gets better as the story progress when she starts hunting the fairytales. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Brody he’s the rich popular perfect guy that all the girls want to be with but he only has eyes for Mina. As the book continued I decided that Brody is strong enough to accept that Mina is a Grimm and support her. I’m curious to see how this will play out for them in the future books.

I picked up UnEnchanted as a kindle freebie last year but never seemed to get around to it until this last challenge. I think the author has created a great concept taking the Fairytales idea and putting her own unique spin on Mina’s story. The book does start out a little slow but don’t let that fool you it’s has everything it needs to be a great story. Sadly I didn’t connect with Mina as much as I would have liked but I did like her character. I see lots of potential for this series in future books, and I am curious to read them but I can’t say for sure how soon that will be. I really wish I could have loved UnEnchanted but I did it was good but not as amazing as I had hoped. 
3 out of 5 stars 

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