Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Unfair Godmother (My Fair Godmother #2) by Janette Rallison.
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers.
Pages: 320.
Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn't exactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She'll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief 's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control.
I’ve tried writing articulate reviews for this book, but it’s just not happening. I have a hard time trying to sound smart and insightful when I just want to type in capitalized letters over and over again, “I LOVE THIS BOOK!”

Just like the fabulousness that was My Fair Godmother, My Unfair Godmother mixes some of our favorite childhood fairytales and folklores with modern characters and unleashes complete chaos that makes for a hilarious, action-packed thrill ride. This book made me laugh so hard, but it was serious when it needed to be. Janette Rallison balances humor with emotion and seriousness and it sounds pretty unlikely, but it all comes together for literary brilliance.

Another thing I love is how authentic Rallison’s teenage characters are. Tansy is snarky and immature at times, but not overbearing to the point where you want to close the book. And after she makes her catastrophic wishes, as the page count grows, so does her personality. Those are my favorite kinds of characters. Real humans with real human emotions.

Overall, My Unfair Godmother has taken a spot on my all-time favorite list, right beside My Fair Godmother. This one has new characters, new wishes, and new fairytale/folklore calamity but with all the same awesomeness and hilarity as the first book. If you haven’t read these books yet, I STRONGLY urge you to pick these up! And you know when I write in capitals that I mean business.

My favorite quote from the book. I died from the lolness:
“Your wish has to be something specific enough that I can use my wand to make it happen. Oh, and recently there’s been a ban on inserting yourself into the Twilight series. The Cullens are tired of different teenage girls pinging into their story every time they turn around.”


  1. OMG! Your quote from the book is hilarious! If I hadn't been reading this in my classroom while my students were taking a test, I would totally have laughed out loud at that! I will have to put this on my to-read list. Should I read My Fair Godmother first?

  2. I enjoyed My Fair Godmother, but I absolutely loved My Unfair Godmother. This book was absolutely hilarious I couldn't put it down. Both of these books are so different from so many fantasy novels out there. I loved how the books never take themselves too seriously and how lovable the characters are. These are wonderful books. Thank you for the great review!

  3. That is a great lol quote! Great review, I totally want to read this :)

  4. I literally laughed out loud when I read the quote you had chosen from the book! People looked at me weird since I'm in the library :) I'll have to read this one soon!

  5. Definitely read it, everyone! And the first book too! They're both hilarious and amazing.

    Lisa, it really doesn't matter. They don't really connect except that the fairy godmother is the same. But to get more a feel for Chrissy, I'd recommend My Fair Godmother first. :)

  6. LOL..What? No twilight? Well there goes my 3 wishes! :P

  7. I really enjoyed this book as well! Although I loved the first one more, this is still so funny. (: Have you read any other books by Janette?

  8. This book = pure awesomeness. One of the best i've ever read, definitely. And I loved it so, so much more than the first. And I must say, Stetson is the cutest thing ever. xD