Switched

Switched

Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (a.k.a. the Beast) have joined the teaching staff. Everyone, that is, except Gilly, who can’t seem to focus on anything but Anna. How is it that her beloved sister somehow went bad and joined up with Rump? And why doesn’t an...

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Title:Switched
Author:Jen Calonita
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Edition Language:English

Switched Reviews

  • Kayla Eklund

    Even though I'm 27, every now and then I like to read a middle-grade novel. There's something magical about a good middle-grade book. I love getting swept up in a story of good versus evil, where the good guy always wins in the end. It just leaves you with a warm and cozy feeling. I was looking through the books on my Kindle and saw that I owned all of the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and decided to binge read it. I loved it. I flew through the enti

    Even though I'm 27, every now and then I like to read a middle-grade novel. There's something magical about a good middle-grade book. I love getting swept up in a story of good versus evil, where the good guy always wins in the end. It just leaves you with a warm and cozy feeling. I was looking through the books on my Kindle and saw that I owned all of the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and decided to binge read it. I loved it. I flew through the entire series in less than a week.

    I think the FTRS series is one of the best middle-grade series I've read recently. It reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, if Harry Potter had fairy tale creatures in it. There are many similarities, such as a constant change of professors, moving hallways, and a school setting. However, FTRS series isn't a Harry Potter copycat. It takes those tropes, and turns them into something completely unique and fun to read about. I loved trying to figure out how the kids were going to solve their problems. Just when I thought the books were getting predictable, it would take a completely different. route and surprise me all over again.

    At first, I thought the series should have ended after the second book. I thought that there was no way the author could keep the series interesting without jumping the shark after the way book two ended, but I was completely wrong. She shocked me with how well she continued the story with the addition of Rumplestiltskin and the Stiltskin Squad. It kept things fresh, and got me re-interested in the storyline all over again. The very subtle political references had me cracking up laughing. My only complaint is that books three and four were a bit slow at times, but I think that's because the reader is introduced to so many new characters and plot mechanics. Everything changes, and with that comes a lot of world building.

    I loved the FTRS series so much. It's one of my favorite middle-grade series I've ever read. Possibly one of my favorite series in general. I thought Switched was the last book in the series because it's the last book shown on Goodreads, but I hope it isn't. Switched left a lot of unanswered questions. I hope the author writes at least one more book in the series so we can get answers. I am looking forward to the spin-off series, Royal Academy, which comes out in late 2018. I can't wait to immerse myself back into this world, and hopefully see some more of my favorite characters. I recommend this series for anyone who wants to read a great middle-grade series with some fun fairy tale and fantasy elements.

  • Cat

    I love this series! So much fun! It's so entertaining to read the twists on fairytales and the Fairytale Reform School was just too fun! Love the character Anna. She is one strong girl! Great series for 3rd to 6th graders, but fun for anyone who enjoys fairytales! This is book 4 in a series, read them in sequence, in my opinion.

    I received a Kindle ARC in exchange for a fair review from Netgalley.

  • Mindy

    This is actually the first I've read in this series but I will be going back and reading the first three. This was really cute while also being a funny, unique twist on a twisted fairy tale, moral stories included. I do have a soft-spot for fairy tales but they're a difficult thing to do really well. I loved the humor all of the side characters bring into this though. This is also a great title for kids who are beginning reading longer chapter books while still having the action to keep them inv

    This is actually the first I've read in this series but I will be going back and reading the first three. This was really cute while also being a funny, unique twist on a twisted fairy tale, moral stories included. I do have a soft-spot for fairy tales but they're a difficult thing to do really well. I loved the humor all of the side characters bring into this though. This is also a great title for kids who are beginning reading longer chapter books while still having the action to keep them involved in the book so kids (and adults) don't get bored. The only reason this wouldn't receive a 5-star rating in my mind is because there were parts that got a tiny bit cheesy or predictable but they were pretty few and far between, it's mostly just me nitpicking. This is definitely a series I will be reading from here on out!

    I would like to thank the publisher, author, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elizabeth

    Switched is an excellent addition to the Fairy Tale Reform School series. This book is perfect for fans of Descendants who love fairy tale mash-ups and reformed villains. Building on the last installment, Gilly and her friends must try to save Gilly's sister and defeat Rumpelstiltskin. With fast-paced action and obstacles that try to break friendships, this is a must read.

  • Rebecca Armstrong

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    POSITIVES

    + Good topics to teach kids. E.g. Bullying and friendships.

    + Enjoyed the premise

    + Fast pace throughout

    NEGATIVES

    – Predictability

    – Didn't get on with MC

    I received Switched by Jen Calonita from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review

  • Sharon Tyler

    Switched is the fourth book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita and is currently scheduled for release on March 6 2018. . It is helpful to read this series in order, although the action is reasonably self contained, the relationships and backstory add a great deal to the story as a whole.

    Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (a.k.a. the Beast) have joined the teac

    Switched is the fourth book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita and is currently scheduled for release on March 6 2018. . It is helpful to read this series in order, although the action is reasonably self contained, the relationships and backstory add a great deal to the story as a whole.

    Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (a.k.a. the Beast) have joined the teaching staff. Everyone, that is, except Gilly, who can’t seem to focus on anything but Anna. How is it that her beloved sister somehow went bad and joined up with Rump? And why doesn’t anyone seem to care? Sure, the Royal Court says they’re working on it, but they’ve got exactly nothing to show for it. But when new kid Jack joins FTRS with tales of his own family being snatched by Rump, Gilly knows she’s in good company. Jack wants answers, just like Gilly. And if the Royal Court can’t get the job done, then maybe it’s time to break some rules.

    Switched is a lot of build up, for what I felt was very little action. New characters were introduced and lots of introspection, second guessing, and angst on Gilly's part were the main points of the book. I like that we got to meet AG (Allison Grace or daughter of Beauty and the Beast) and Jack of Beanstalk fame and I liked the way their characters fleshed out. I loved the magical library and Beast's character, but wanted more time with each. I felt like too much of this book was getting the new characters into place, and getting Gilly to where she needed to be (mentally, emotionally, and physically). Once the climax hit, I felt like it all happened way too quickly and easily. I just wanted more, but I am not sure what, so I cannot even point to the moment that let me down. I think I just had such high expectations that there was no way the reality of the book could match my anticipation.

    Switched is a lot of what I expected, but a little less. It was still a fun read with a good deal of characters insight, but I felt like it was lacking the tension and compelling nature of the previous books.

  • Tabby

    GILLY I HATE YOU! IF YOU WERE REAL I WOULD PUNCH IN YOUR STUPID FACE!

    So when is the next book coming out?

  • ❇Critterbee

    Outrageously ridiculous fairy tale mashup series, featuring all the well-known fairy tale princesses, queens, princes, and villains.

    The concept is outstanding, and I thought it would be a cute, whimsical, mystery-adventure tale. Only, I kept being distracted by all the flat-out crazy. The setting is a reform school, and Gilly, the main character, repeatedly breaks the rules with little regard for consequences.

    Cute enough for a young reader to enjoy, not memorable for me, did not care for the m

    Outrageously ridiculous fairy tale mashup series, featuring all the well-known fairy tale princesses, queens, princes, and villains.

    The concept is outstanding, and I thought it would be a cute, whimsical, mystery-adventure tale. Only, I kept being distracted by all the flat-out crazy. The setting is a reform school, and Gilly, the main character, repeatedly breaks the rules with little regard for consequences.

    Cute enough for a young reader to enjoy, not memorable for me, did not care for the main character.

    *eARC Netgalley*

  • TJ Burns

    Can't wait to read!

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