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Book Review – UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn

Series: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1
Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 235
Published: November 27, 2013 (4th Edition)
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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.


For this story, I’m going to give it a 3.5 stars.

Before I start with my review, I just want to clear something up. When I started to self-host my blog, I come up with this so-called “rule” that I will only be publishing 4 stars and above stories that I’ve rated to make the whole atmosphere of my blog more positive, plus I don’t want others to feel bad. Sometimes the book that we despise might be the most favorite books for others. But ofcourse I believe that every review counts, that’s why I still write and publish my reviews (whether good or bad) to my goodreads and amazon account, but not here in Blushing Geek.

Based on my first statement above, why the change of heart eh? Well, because of my so-called rule, it kind of influenced the ratings I am giving to some books that I’ve read. What that means? Well, I’ve given some stories a 4-star ratings before even if I know it only deserves a lesser star so I could publish it in here. Yep, kind of unfair. So starting today, I’m going to change my so called rule and publish my reviews of the books that really affected me in this blog whatever their ratings are.

Pheew. Sorry to keep you waiting.

One of my goals for this year is to read if not all, then atleast half of the total books in my TBR before purchasing new ones. Kind of hard actually, haha, but I’m keeping a hardcopy of the list of books that I am purchasing soon. It’s still February but I’ve almost written a whole first page of my notebook lol).

I’m not quite sure how long this story has been in my TBR, but I’m guessing it’s been more than a year lol. So yep, while browsing for some books to read, I’ve stumble to this one. It easily caught my attention because of the simple yet interesting cover. Besides, I’m a YA freak so I’m sure I’m going to like it.

The first few chapters was fine, nothing special really, just a typical girl who is so clumsy that I think that’s her natural talent. Basing on the cover, I know this is going to be fantasy, but I’ve finished chapter 2 still no flying wizards or supernatural things happened. Then, all of a sudden, the weird action of Mina’s (main female character) mother stinks like a rotten fish.

So yeah, after that, my first reaction about this story changed and I am really so adamant to know what’s behind her mother’s odd reaction. But before finding that out, I was introduced with this kinda sweet teeny-weeny romance (which, not to mention I’m a total sucker hah!) between Mina and her ultimate crush in the whole wide world, Brody, which really made my reading experience romantic, ayeei! Well, at first, I was suspecting about his true intention for Mina. He was this rich unattainable heartthrob to Mina, then in an instant, a sick puppy inlove with her. Quite a turnout of events actually. I don’t know what happened, but I just find myself grinning like crazy lol. Well, it can’t be help especially if I’m this hopeless romantic lol.

Aside from the teeny-weeny romance, my most anticipated revelation finally came. I’m not really sure how to react about it because it was kind of hilarious actually. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I kinda laugh. I don’t want this review to be a bummer so I’m not gonna tell, but maybe I’ll drop some clue once in a while *wink. As I get further with the story, I kinda understand how it goes now. How the whole idea of this story fits so well that I am starting to doubt my knowledge about the Grimm fairy tales.

So yep. I’m totally convinced now how great the idea of this story is. But. Yep, there’s a but. This story would have been great, but I’ve noticed some mistakes in the word usage, punctuation and structure. Even if I find the story interesting, there were still some times that I am on the verge of flipping off. I love the added romance (who wouldn’t eh?) but I can’t deny that the story’s development was kinda off sometimes. Like there are some scenes that doesn’t makes sense which I think just added there to make this story longer. There are over 200 tales for Mina to complete but she only gets through two stories. It would have been convincing if she were atleast get through 10 tales with those 235 chapters. Also, the conveying of information about Mina’s family curse wasn’t delivered flawlessly that’s why there were times that I was confused that I need to read some parts all over again.

Most of the time, the ending of the story makes me decide to change my overall rating. It could make or break it. I would have given this story a 4-stars rating but the ending is just meh. It’s just too convenient which I think was given only a minimum amount of effort.

That said, my rating would have been just 3-stars. But this story surprisingly kept me awake late just to finish it. Plus, I’m still interested to read the next book from this series. And that my friend speaks something, so yep, that’s how my 3.5 stars was created.

If you love YA fantasy, you might want to check this one out.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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