Book Name: Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #2)
Author: Chanda Hahn
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Format: Kindle eBookGoodreads’ Words: Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, Who is the Fairest of them all? In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand. All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a deadly hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the lethal tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?
My Words: In her sequel to UnEnchanted, Chanda Hahn has weaved yet another fairy tale and thereby creating a world full of thrilling moments, heartbreaking loss, breathtaking glimpses at love and a perfect ending that leaves readers anxiously grabbing for book three in the An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series!
As a fan of Chanda Hahn, I’m not surprised that I enjoyed the novel. If the ending of UnEnchanted broke my heart, the beginning of Fairest completely shattered it. I wanted so much for Mina to find the happiness and peace she deserved. I wanted her to have something or someone to hold. Mina is a remarkably strong heroine. There were times when she questioned her strength, but it was there all along. She just had to find it and trust those who were desperately trying to help her. The final scenes in the book proved that she found her strength and something much more.
And yet Mina shows glimpses of being the 16 year old that she is when she names a Gnome that she bought from the thrift store and places it on her rooftop sanctuary. Towards the end when she brings in a female Gnome for Sir Nomer to keep company. I also liked Mina and Jared’s rooftop talks.
I liked the fact that in this fairy tale Mina is not portrayed as the victim. Rather she is the one doing the damage for a change. Of course that comes back to bite her and she has to go and do all sorts of things like making a deal with the fae queen to rectify the damage caused. And yet its heart breaking to see that she loses the one she wants in the end. Boy, this love triangle is coming out to be a love square. Keeps you thinking which one will fall off in the third book.
To add the icing to the cake, this book has been very well edited and proofread! 4.5 out of 5 stars from me for the book!