Review: UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.
REVIEW: I started reading this short story because I wanted to try something new. An Unfortunate Fairy Tale sounded tragic but yet eventful and exciting. I like how this author incorporates the first fairy tale (an no I am going to spoil it by naming it) into her character’s lives. She starts off with one best friend and then tries to fit in by essentially being a “nobody”. Well, she soon finds out, that she is far from being a “nobody”. She is a Grimm which means that she has a lot of fairy tale catching up to do. While reading through this story, I found Mina to have some characteristics that I could relate to. She is shy and love sick of a boy who seems out of her league. That sounds a lot like me in high school. She is strong-willed but has a kind heart which helps her decide what must be done to save the people that she cares about.
Overall, I very much enjoyed the story. It has a fantastic plot and I envy the creativity that was put into writing it. It did jump a bit quick for my liking; for instance, sometimes, I found myself having to go back and read the previous paragraph in order to understand some of the emotions that drive the story forward. I recommend this book to any of my club members who enjoy their fairy tales because it is certainly one that you will not regret!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chanda Hahn is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Reign An Unfortunate Fairy Tale. She also writes the Iron Butterfly series. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.
Long Version: I was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in a small town in Nebraska. There wasn’t much to do in a small town of five hundred people, so I spent all of my summers reading. Once, on a family vacation my Uncle even commented, “All she does is read.” Well my love of reading continued to grow so much that after High School I worked for Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
I attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN for children’s ministries and later became a certified minister. After moving to the Chicago suburbs with my husband, I became a children’s librarian. I was often asked by parents to recommend books for young teens that had action, fantasy and maybe light romance, but was clean. They didn’t want to have to worry about what their kids were accidentally reading. I saw a great lack of books that fit the bill and I wanted to write books that readers wouldn’t be ashamed to recommend to others because of inappropriate content. So I wrote UnEnchanted, followed by the rest of the Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series for this purpose.
I published UnEnchanted shortly after I moved to Portland, Oregon with my husband and twin children in 2011. The fourth book in the series recently hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers list and the final book in the series Forever comes out June 8th, 2015.