Tricked is the third book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita. The Previous books are Flunked and Charmed. To get a full understanding of the characters and the world, I would highly recommend reading this series in order. Newcomers might still enjoy some of the character development and all of the action, but I think they would not be able to enjoy the story fully without already having read the other books.
Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School. At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff. But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her trouble-making new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there. There's only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS. It's time to out-trick a trickster.
Tricked is a continuation of Gilly's adventures in a fairy tale world. Life after FTRS is hard for those that have found friendship and themselves on school grounds. Things are changing fast, and not necessarily for the better. I like that while some of the basics remain the same, the adventures, characters, and relationships continue to change and grow. Gilly and her motley crew of friends have quite the challenge, outwitting Rumpelstiltskin is never easy, but I like that friendship and being honorable come through as more important than winning. Gilly grows significantly during this book, and I think her growth, and that of her companions, is well paced and relatable to readers. I would have liked more of the story from Anna's side, or had a chance to see more of her story, but I am fairly certain that she has a major role to play in further installments. I like that there was a solid conclusion to this particular adventure, but openings fort he story to continue on.