Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review: Fairy Godmothers, Inc.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Title: Fairy Godmothers, Inc.
Author: Jennifer Wardell
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance


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.

My Thoughts:

This is the most hilariously entertaining fairytale retelling of Cinderella’s story that I’ve ever read. And this time, it wasn’t just Cinderella who got a happy ending but also her fairy godmother.

Being a fairy godmother was not the easiest job in the planet but despite the fact that she hated her boss, frustrated with idiot clients and disliked doing reports, Kate loves her job very much. She likes to play cupid and to see two people fall madly in love with each other is the best payment she could ever receive. That was also the reason why she strongly disagrees to the mandatory use of True Love potion that the company issues because although it made her job a lot easier, it is against everything that she stands for. So even if it takes a lot more effort and elaborate orchestration to make two people have a happy ever after, she would rather do it than use the potion.

But when a special assignment was given to her and she was only given a week to arrange everything, she knew that this wasn’t going to be one of the more pleasant happy-ever-after she has to pull off. And that was exactly what happened.

I love this book. Everyone in here, aside from Bubbles, was hilarious. So I suggest if you’re going to read this book, don’t read it in public places because people might think you’re crazy when you suddenly burst out laughing. Learn from my mistakes, okay?

Kate was the best fairy godmother I’ve ever met. She has a great sense of humor, dedicated to her work, honest to what she believes in, fights for what she believes is right and she will sacrifice her job and risk being imprisoned just to save the people she cared the most.

Prince Jon also shared that trait. He takes a lot of responsibility for being the only rational person in his dysfunctional Royal family. And because of that he doesn’t have a lot of time to have fun. Good thing, Kate came to his life (or should I say, she “tripped over” to his life). They complemented each other in a lot ways and they were perfect together. They clearly deserved a happy ending after what they had been through.

Overall, Fairy Godmothers Inc. was awesome. I wouldn’t elaborate much on what happened to Cinderella in this book because I might spoil everything. Anyway, if you wanted a laugh-out-loud fairytale story with a twist, you should probably try this.

My Rating

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