Book: A School for Fairy Tales (Regal Academy 1) by Luana Vergari
Release Date: January 16th 2018
Tags: TV Show, Cartoon, Fairy Tales, Retellings
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone knows the great fairy tale heroes, but you may not be familiar with their most life-changing adventures of all-they got old! To pass their stories onto future generations, they joined together and built a school—Regal Academy! Will this latest generation of fairy tale heroes ride the coattails of their famous grandparents? Or do they have a whole new adventure in store?
Something a little different on here for a change. A comic from a cartoon. Many, many years ago I watched Winx Club. While that is still going strong I have stepped away from that. But I saw Regal Academy fly by on Nickelodeon once and knew instantly this was by the same creators as Winx Club. I did not have a chance to really follow the cartoon but when I saw the comic on Netgalley I knew I had to give it a go.
Regal Academy is a school for fairytale characters and currently the generation of grandchildren from fairytale characters are attending the academy. Some of the well known fairytale characters work at the academy. It is certainly an interesting set up where our characters all clearly have their own personalities and don’t seem to be carbon copies of their grandparents. There are also some lesser known fairy tales like Wolf and the seven billy goats which I could appreciate.
However this comic banks on the readers having watched the show I feel. The comic is separated into 4 shorter stories and there is no overarching plot besides it being the same characters and at Regal Academy. While the setting is interesting there is just too little to grab at the reader to want to pick up the next volume or to even feel like wanting to watch the show. There is not enough deepening of characters and the jumps between the stories and the magic use were too big. There are things touched upon but not continued on that make me wonder if these are just small summaries of episodes of the tv show.
The art itself is solid and colorful. Very eye catching.