Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother
By Janette Rallison
Publisher: Rally Point Press
Published: Apr. 6, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar: a gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel wearing fairy godmother in training. She misinterprets Sadie's wishes and sends her back in time to be a part of The Little Mermaid story and then makes her one of the twelve dancing princesses. Wishes are permanent, and if Sadie wants to get back to her home, she'll have to strike a magical bargain--one that involves stealing a goblet from a powerful fairy queen. With a little help from a handsome and talented thief, she might be able to pull it off.

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My Thoughts:

Sadie thought her big break into music was just around the corner when she got her audition for America’s Top Talent. Even better, her heartthrob Jason Prescott was the guest judge. She could barely breathe she was so in awe of him. Unfortunately for her, he was much less in awe of her performance. Sadie was mortified. Then to make matters even worse, she threw up in front of everyone!

It’s difficult to qualify for a fairy godmother, but Sadie managed to do through the Magical Alliance’s Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Sadie was assigned Chrysanthemum Everstar. However Chrissy is a fairy-godmother-in-training and while she grants Sadie’s wishes literally, they somehow miss the mark of what Sadie was looking for. But wishes are permanent and so are their consequences.

I found it extremely funny that the fairy godmother alliance would allow a fairy-godmother –in-training out to grant wishes (even if she had the assistance of a leprechaun) when she hadn’t been accepted, let alone trained at the fairy godmother university. It just seems to be asking for trouble. Indeed, it did cause a lot of trouble for Sadie.

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother is a hilarious look at everything that can go wrong when you are given three wishes. Chrissy manages to mess up Sadie’s wishes even though she knows what Sadie means but gets the grammar imperfect in her request. This story will certainly make you think twice about how you word things.

I loved how Jason was dragged into the fairy tales along with Sadie but was utterly confused as to how he got there or why he was there. His true character was then visible and it he wasn’t the nice man that Sadie thought he was. The media made him seem like a prince but he was not even a gentleman. On the other hand she met another young man who had a fairy godmother who was considered a petty thief, but he was a generous, young man who was every inch a gentleman and the title prince would have fit him much better. I think Sadie experience taught us that it’s not a person’s station in life that matters, but the quality of their character.

There were so many twists and turns in this story that it seemed impossible that Sadie could get Jason and herself back to the 21st century.

I’ve never heard about a fairy tale about twelve (or eleven) dancing princesses, but whether or not there is one, the tale worked well for this story and added to the fun. I also liked that the author thought about the different versions of the Little Mermaid and made use of that in her story as that also added interest.

The author used a lot of creativity and imagination in writing My Fairly Dangerous Godmother, making it a book worth reading for fantasy/fairy tale lovers and those in the young adult age range. I gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horseback riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

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