Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison.
Publisher: Walker Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 320.
Sixteen-year-old Savannah is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her for her studious older sister, and she dreams that her life will take a fairy-tale turn, complete with a handsome prince, a ball, and a happy ending. Her wishes bring the astonishing arrival of Chrissy, an aspiring fairy godmother.

Still in training and not quite in command of her magical abilities, Chrissy sends Savannah through a chain of otherworldly mishaps, including visits to Cinderella and Snow White’s stories and finally to the Middle Ages, where Savannah defeats a cast of magical creatures and discovers that regular guys are sometimes preferable to princes.

This one really surprised me. If you were to ask me what kind of YA books I usually tend to stay away from, judging by the cover and synopsis, this would probably the perfect example. Sure, it had it’s cliché chicklit moments, but My Fair Godmother is proof that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Savannah starts off as being the poster child for popular teenage girls; blonde, giggly and not the smartest crayon in the box. After being sent into the fairytales of Cinderella and Snow White, and realizing that even those fables have their flaws, her character matures right before our eyes. That was one of my favorite things about this book. Same thing with Tristan, an unfortunate guy who was dragged into one of Savannah’s messed up wishes. He might’ve started out as a normal high school student, but when Savannah returns to the medieval times to rescue him, she realizes that he’s grown stronger and has adapted quite well to the customs.

This story was a nonstop thrill ride. When one adventure ended, another began. Chrissy’s horrible and distracted job at being a fairy godmother makes for hilarious and highly entertaining twists.

Overall, this book has made my favorite list. Don’t pass it up because of it’s cover or synopsis! It may be a fun, light-hearted read, but it will completely capture you to the point where you never want to put it down. With humor, fairy tale retellings, adventure and a lot of jumbled romance, My Fair Godmother is definitely worth checking out!

6 comments:

  1. this looks pretty good ;) I love fairytales!

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  2. So glad you loved this too! It was one of my favorites last year :)

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  3. This looks so cute...glad you liked it!

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  4. she's actually sent into fairy tales? so cool! I must read this!

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  5. I just read this one recently and I'm so happy that someone else loves this book as much as I do!

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  6. I loved this book! Did I mention I completely love your layout and header?! [:

    -Kay

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