By Cynthia Bujnicki
For Devin, being a princess is that farthest thing from her mind. All she wants is to become an animal caretaker. With her ability to talk to animals, she has a knack for it. However, Headmistress Olivina has other plans for her. Devin is suspicious of Olivina and makes her wonder if the fairy godmother is a villain in disguise.
Misfits is a fun, delightful way to tell a story in the fairy tale realm. Bringing to life fairy tales with enthusiasm and heart can be a challenge only because the popularity of the fairy tale genre has risen in recent times. However, what Calonita has done here is bring to life another aspect of storytelling by flushing out fairy tales in her unique way.
Here royals from the realm of Enchantasia are sent off to the Royal Academy for formal training on how to be royals. However, there is more; the headmistress wants the ladies to conform to her idea of royalty. She wants them not to think, know how to dance, sing, and play the damsel in distress. It is very archaic, and Devin and her friends see this. They do not want to conform, not really, and question the Headmistress putting them in dangerous situations where they get punished if they do not wait for the Prince’s to save them.
However, that is part of the charm of the novel, the fact that Devin fights against conformity, she rises against what society deems is supposed to be socially acceptable. It makes the story multifaceted, and it sends a good message to children and young readers that being different is okay, that they should do whatever makes them happy and not what society deems is socially acceptable for them.
Overall, it is a vibrant, fun story for young readers. It has a vivid imagination to it and amazing graphics between chapters that give another insight into the world around them. Overall, an excellent piece of literature for young readers. (★★★☆☆)