Original Title: UnEnchanted
Year Published: 2011
Published by: Chanda Hahn
Number of Pages: 235
First Sentence: “Today I saved Brody Charmichaels life!”
Goodreads Rating: 34/5
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.
This was quite an interesting take on the Grimm myth. Here we have a distant ascendant to the Brothers Grimm, and it turns out that being a Grimm is a family business. It started out a little bit wobbly and uncertain but it got better. Sure, there were many stereotypes of writing a fairytale inspired YA-novel, but it still managed to be fun and interesting.
Mina was also a bit of a stereotype. She is the clumsy, unpopular girl finding out her destiny is to be a protector of the human race. Hardy har. However, she doesn’t magically turn into a superhero, being popular and having her days of clumsiness being history. Nah, instead we get to see her trying to navigate her new life, often succeeding only by pure chance. Think Percy Jackson and you will be on the right track.
The writing and the overall plot is what drags the grade down for this book. Either nothing happens for a long time, or everything happens in about four pages. The pacing wasn’t the best. Nor was the actual writing. This book was built from a great idea, but the execution wasn’t as great. It wasn’t all bad though, but some bits felt more like a poorly written fanfic than a published novel.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.