Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fairy Godmothers Inc by Jenniffer Wardell

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I've been recovering from back surgery and am now on the mend.

Fairy Godmothers, Inc.

Title: Fairy Godmothers Inc
Author: Jenniffer Wardell
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: 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.

Opinions: This book has a fascinating premise. It takes a much loved fairytale and retells it from a completely unexpected point of view with a lot of humor and sweet romance.  I loved its uniqueness and enjoyed the plot immensely.  Fairy Godmother's Inc has a twist in that you discover what each character looks like through opposing characters and how they see each other.  The only difficulty is sometimes the character voices have similar styles, but the creativity of the book makes that only a small difficulty.

My very favorite characters were Rellie (a.k.a. Cinderella) and Kate (her Fairy Godmother). I love their interactions and their spunk. I also adored Lawton and Jon's friendship and how they stood up for each other.  I loved the overall strength of character of this four people and the fascinating story they tell.  I definitely recommend picking this book up to read and soon. It was just released to the public last week.