Hello there! It's my stop today on the Fairy Godmothers, Inc. blog tour, something I'm very excited about. I loved, loved, loved this book, and I have some fun things here for you today including my glowingly positive review and a really awesome guest post from Jenniffer. So sit back and enjoy!
Fairy Godmothers, Inc.
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Release Date: April 27, 2013
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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.
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. surprised me by being one of my favorite reads of the year and ever. Books that rely heavily on humor tend to be hit-or-miss for me since I apparently have a weird since of humor, but I loved it in this one. The two main characters are enormously entertaining, the plot was the fairytale-esque one you expect it to be and there were more twists than I could count. It is a brilliant concoction of laughter and love set in a gorgeous fairytale world.
Kate is a fairy godmother whose job is to help poor, abused girls find true love and marry princes, much like a Cinderella story. She doesn't approve of her company using "true love" potion, however, which is basically an aphrodisiac, and she never uses it herself. She won me over to her side the minute I found that out about her. She doesn't blindly follow what she's told, but she does her best to ensure that he clients are actually happy. Kate is strong-willed, a little stubborn, and has a sparkling sense of humor. She's no-nonsense, maybe a little bit dense, but cute.
THE LOVE INTEREST
Jon is a hero who definitely had me swooning; I admit it freely. He's a gentleman from the very beginning and is willing to do almost anything to win Kate over (not that he really needs any help there). He, like Kate, has a wonderful sense of humor. He's also the one in the castle who really runs everything, even though his mother and older brother should really be doing that. Even so, he takes over. Jon is kindhearted and puts other people first, though like anyone he has his selfish moments.
THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS
I love Rellie. For some reason, it's impossible not to love herm even though she's the type of person that if you met them in real life you'd be hard-pressed to resist the urge to shut them up violently. Her ditziness works for her somehow, and she's sweet without trying to be. I also love how she has her moments, and that even if she's often silly she's genuine. And whimsical.
Ned is sensitive and yet passionate; he's in love with Rellie from nearly the beginning but he doesn't want to act on it because he wants to let her get her happy ending with the prince. I love that he puts her happiness above his own. We also see him change surprisingly a lot from the beginning to the end of the book.
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is officially an adult novel. The heroine and hero are both adults, as are the other characters. However, it reads very clean, and as far as I'm concerned it's got loads of crossover appeal. It's something I myself loved, and I have faith that YA readers will absolutely fall in love with it too. I think honestly that it is a book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
I love the world, too. It's very definitely a fantasy world, but there's also a very modern feel to it. It's the type of fantasy world you want to crawl into and live in. It's set up so vividly that it's easy to imagine and there's so much to love about it. There are illusions to several fairytales and even a nod to Greek mythology. It's actually similar to the world of Ella Enchanted–the movie version, the book is way different–but like, infinitely better.
There were so many plot twists–a few of which I probably should've seen coming, but never did. It was more fun that way, though. This book was fluffy and fun but it was also really intense and it actually physically made my heart race. It was thrilling and I got myself really invested into the story. Whenever something unexpected happened it would make me jump a little bit.
The fairytale lore was so much fun too. It's definitely in some ways drawing from several different fairytales, but it is also in many ways its own unique plot. I've certainly never read anything like it although I really wish there was more like this. Kate is a spunky heroine, and she really made this story just come to life.
I honestly don't really have any complaints about this book. There's just nothing I really feel the need to complain about! Every once in a while, that has to happen. This was pure fluffy fun, and yet it was more than that.
Surprisingly, I wouldn't call this instalove. I'm not sure why, bur I don't want to. Though the feelings seem to come quickly, they're not immediately acted upon, which I really liked. They get to know each other before that, even if there's strong attraction and chemistry on both sides. The romance is also messy–there were so many factors keeping everyone apart that at times it seemed unfixable. But hey, true love conquers all, right?
The secondary romance did happen a bit quickly for me, too quickly for me to really believe, but it didn't bother me all that much. I kind of just let it slide, but it's still notable.
This book is beautifully written. It tells the story from the alternating POVs of Kate and Jon–with someone else featured a few times. I won't say what other characters we get. I thought it was confusing at first to suddenly add in the POV of a new character but when I understood why it was done I could just kind of relax and enjoy the ride. It was nice getting the chance to see things from a new perspective. And of course, this writing is so much fun. There's so much humor evident in every word, and the descriptions are gorgeous.
You know that feeling when you're nearing the end of a book and everything is so messed up you feel like it can't possibly be fixed in time? That's how I felt reading this book. I was so, so worried that not everything would work out. There were definitely some unexpected endings. But I got the one I wanted, so I'm happy. I was very pleased with the way everything turned out and satisfied 100% with the way the story wrapped up. Neat and pretty, but with imperfections.
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is one of the cutest books I've ever read, easy. I am definitely looking forward to more from Jenniffer! I'm sure she'll come up with something even more brilliant and I cannot wait to read it. I would definitely recommend this–to adults, to teenagers, to fans of contemporary romance, to fans of fantasy an retellings. It's one of my favorite books, so it comes with my high praises. Even if you think it wouldn't normally be your thing I really think you should give it a try. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
The fairy tales that always fascinated me most are the ones that were never actually told. In every well-known fairy tale, I could always find at least three or four invisible stories that were hinted at but never actually explained. For an insatiably curious child, they were like bright, shiny toys that transformed into something new every time I played with them.
Take “Rumpelstiltskin,” for example. The basic story is pretty simple – a girl gets caught in a bad situation, agrees to things she shouldn’t, then uses a combination of cleverness and trickery to win at the end. There’s also a fantastic magical visual, an important part of any proper fairy tale.
Through it all, however, we hardly hear anything about Rumpelstiltskin. Where did he learn to spin straw into gold? Was it just a hobby, or did he lurk around castles waiting for people to make ludicrously impossible claims he could help back up? If he could make all that gold, why hadn’t he already bought himself his own enormous castle? And what exactly was he planning to do with that kid?
“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” also had more than enough questions to satisfy anyone looking to do a little imagining. We never really hear how the sisters ended up finding the secret, magical ballroom in the first place, or anything at all about the men waiting there to dance with them. Was it all part of a malicious plot, or were the men just looking for love? Did a romance or two blossom between one of the older princesses and her dancing partner that we never saw?
I was never dissatisfied that the stories never answered my questions, because it was always so much more fun to come up with my own ideas. I’d roll the few facts I knew around in my head, coming up with different histories and possibilities depending on what interested me at a given moment. If I decided a particular explanation didn’t interest me anymore, I could start all over again and go an entirely different direction.
I could also read everyone else’s adaptations, inevitably filled in with new twists that the authors found when they went looking for their own unspoken stories. Even now, I’m happy to read 13 different versions of a single tale, exploring how a single change to plot or character can affect everything around it.
I can’t pick a single fairy tale to love, because no fairy tale I’ve ever found is just one story. Each tale of love, loss and happily-ever-after is really a dozen different stories braided together, which can then be multiplied by a thousand depending on who’s doing the telling. You could listen for a thousand years and never hear the end of them.
JENNIFFER WARDELL is the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle reporter for the Davis Clipper. She's won several awards from the Utah Press Association and the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She currently lives in Layton, Utah.
And yes, there is a giveaway for this tour. It's for a $25 Amazon gift card, so feel free to enter! And if you win, you can totally use the money to buy this book. I'm just pointing that out.
So, that's basically it for today's post. The gist of it is that you should totally go and read this book because I really, massively loved it. Also, you can follow the tour here. You should definitely go check out some of the other reviews and fun things. I love you. I love this book. (See, you have something in common with it already.)
Okay, okay, I'll stop now. But seriously, this is one of my most highly recommended books.
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