Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fairy Godmothers, Inc by Jennifer Wardell

Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Jennifer Wardell

Summary from Goodreads:
In a world where fairy tale situations are as much a fact of life as death and taxes, everyone knows hiring Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is the best way to assure that your beautiful daughter or enchanted frog of a grandson will get the happily-ever-after he or she deserves. Sure, sometimes a little love potion is required to make sure those quotas stay up, but what Prince Charming doesn’t know won’t hurt him. 

Kate, an experienced Fairy Godmother, who’s enough of a romantic to frustrate her rigidly rule-bound boss, has just received a specialty assignment from one of the company’s board of directors. Cinderella—Rellie for short—was placed with an appropriately wicked stepfamily years before, and now needs the dress, ball, and handsome prince to complete her happily-ever-after. The fact that Rellie isn’t sure this is her dream come true—balls are fun, but princes tend to be less interesting than fluffy bunnies—isn’t something management considers a problem.

Complicating things a bit is Jon, the youngest son of the royal family, who meets Kate, and is smitten, but isn’t quite ready yet to reveal his true identity. After all, it’s his older brother Rupert who’s supposed to marry Rellie, which means pretending to be a lowly civil servant will give him the chance to spend more time with Kate. (As long as he can get the ball arranged, and stop Rupert from getting himself into trouble over his “self-actualization” business, he should have the perfect opportunity to explain everything and get started on making a little magic with the Fairy Godmother of his dreams.) 

But, of course, things never ever happen as planned.

3 Stars

Read August 2013

Young Adult/Teen fairy tale retelling, Library book

My Review:
I so wanted to love this book.  Look at that great cover!  But alas, it didn't meet my expectations for loving a book.

Neat idea for a story.  I liked the idea of people being able to choose in their fairy godmother plans.  I liked the idea of the "clients" being empowered.

Great romantic relationships.  There were 2 main romantic relationships in this story.  They were very different and yet both were satisfying and brought a smile to my face.

Great friendships.  There were 2 main friendships in this story too.  One between a man and a woman and one between 2 men.  Again, both relationships were very different, but both showed a great deal of loyalty and comradery.  

Fairy tale world not defined.  I couldn't picture this world.  Was it old fashioned, was it modern?  I had a hard time envisioning the surroundings and the clothes people wore.

Dragging on.  I felt like the book dragged on a bit.  

Writing a bit confusing.  I found several times that I couldn't follow what the author was saying.  I didn't get what the characters were doing or why they were doing it.  I got a little lost sometimes, but pressed forward without understanding.

Warnings: None on the cleanliness scale.  

My 12 year old daughter read this book before me.  I think it was appropriate for that age and up.

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