Fairy Godmother, Inc.
by Jennifer Wardell
YA - Fairy Tale - Romance
Published April 27, 2013 by Jolly Fish Press
Paperback - 272 Pages
*ARC Print Copy Obtained Directly From Publisher In Exchange For An Honest Review*
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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...
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Want to know something funny? Cinderella was one of my least favorite fairy tales growing up. I never had a thing for frilly dresses & being a princess. With that being said, this spin on Cinderella was the best thing since, well, since glass slippers that don't break! LoL
I absolutely, positively adored this novel. The spin on the old fashion Cinderella tale plus the spin on Fairy Godmothers being a company that pretty much mimics Cupid - Brilliant!
I laughed so many times out loud (probably a few snort laughs in there because it was THAT funny). A few times my husband and son just looked over at me like I had lost my mind. Ha.
The characters in Fairy Godmothers, Inc draw you in because of their charm & witty since of humor and personalities. Rellie (can I say, brilliant nick name for Cinderella btw) is the opposite of what you've grown up picturing as poor, mistreated Cinderella. She's a total ditz. I loved that! She does have the wicked step family, but someone high up in command at Fairy Godmother's Inc has paid for a contract to have a Fairy Godmother set up Rellie with a Prince. Enter Rupert *giggle* - he's totally and completely the perfect match for Rellie. However, he goes MIA a few times (seems he needs to find "enlightenment" and learn how to understand big words *snort laugh*). He's a total momma's boy even though they all run and hide from their Queen. The King? Oh, he's hidden away somewhere trying to make use of the rooms his wifey never visits - he's crossing his fingers none of the staff tattle on where he's hiding.
Poor, poor Kate. Kate is the Fairy Godmother assigned to Rellie's contract. While sporting the Fairy Godmother "uniform" (see the cover image - PERFECT representation of Kate & her "uniform"), she has to try and match up Rellie & Rupert. What Kate isn't expecting: to fall for Jon (aka Prince Charming) while working this case.
Can I just say, my favorite character in the entire novel was Lawton. Anytime he entered a scene, I immediately perked up because he is entirely too entertaining for his own good. His witty personality made me adore his smart-mouth remarks & biting responses. I absolutely loved how he could command the entire scene, looking like a stiff character, but then make you bust out laughing as soon as he throws out one of his retorts or comebacks. At first I was nervous about him - he was so severe that he seemed like a bad man in disguise, but then you come to learn that it's just the way he is.
I loved how Jennifer throws in bits of pieces of the typical fairy tale romance - a fancy ballgown here, a glass slipper there, a Fairy Godmother equipped with wings & a wand... It's such a great mix that equals such quirky fun! This was a novel that I couldn't wait to pick up every night when I got home just because the entertainment factor is so incredibly high!
I adored every single aspect of Fairy Godmothers, Inc. It was truly a fun, easy to read tale of a little mischief, a tad bit of sparkles & rabbit fur, a truckload of quirkiness, enough laugh out loud moments to keep you glued to the pages, a nail-biting shoe fitting complete with a little magic wand waving, and a little romantic swooning that was like the cherry on the top.
Overall rating: 5 Huge Stars
Cover: 5 stars! It's the perfect cover for this novel!
Characters: 5 stars!
Plot: 5 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars - talk about a shoe fitting to remember!
Ending: 5 Stars - I adored the ending & was sad to reach the last page of the novel
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