About Books #120: Fairy Godmothers, Inc.
Let’s be real – in today’s world? The business of being a fairy godmother is probably quite a bit more difficult than it used to be. I mean, how many people even still believe in that sort of magic? Well, if nothing else, these fairy godmothers aren’t about to take anything lying down – quite the opposite in fact: meddling is, after all, the USP of Fairy Godmothers, Inc.!
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
If love is the source of all the magic in the universe, and the town of Ever After, Missouri, is the epicenter of enchantment, then the locals are in dire need of a reboot. At least according to resident fairy godmothers Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. Their solution? Blow a bit of fairy dust in the direction of those in need of romance…what could possibly go wrong?
SOME KIND OF AWFUL…
Lucky Fujiki’s first name is a cosmic joke. Her luck is so bad, even the number seven steers clear of her. But when her adorable godmothers ask for a favor, Lucky can’t say no–even if she can already feel the bad juju waiting to strike. And her mission is even worse than she imagined: to promote Ever After as a wedding destination by faking a marriage to her first love and long-time ex, Ransom Payne–he of the Embarrassing Incident that neither of them will ever live down…
OR ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL?
Ransom Payne has spent years building an impressive new reputation for himself, and now his godmothers want him to pretend to wed the one girl he’d like most to forget? Sure, weddings in Ever After could be a huge boon for his chocolate business, but risking more up-close-and-personal time with Lucky? Considering the stakes, it’s a curse he’ll have to bear, at the risk of being humiliated–or perhaps, bewitched…
| C – characters |
A – atmosphere
W – writing
P – plot
I – intrigue
L – logic
E – enjoyment
I have to be honest – the start of this book made no sense to me whatsoever. To the point that I put it down, postponed reading it, tried again, and then repeated that cycle – like 5 times.
Once I made my way through the first 2chapters though? It was actually quite enjoyable – I mean, it required a massive suspension of disbelieve, but then again, I’ve been reading Marvel comics like nobody’s business, so that shouldn’t really have been too hard, you know?
It was quite interesting to me how the very basic concept of fairy tales was kind of turned upside down in this story. After all – we all know the classic structure: princess is lost, prince saves princess, happily ever after. But what if the prince doesn’t feel secure enough to do the saving? What if the princess has already determined that the current – negative – situation is just all she’s ever had?
That’s the main thing that often bugs me about fairy tales, actually – the lack of agency its characters often have. In Fairy Godmothers, Inc. that agency is exactly what the characters have to decide to choose – that they will be together, in spite of whatever outside (magical) powers have to say about that.
The rating: 3.5/5
If you’re in the mood for a fairy tale, and its guaranteed happy ending, but you want to see people choosing happiness as well? Then Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is 100% the book for you! (Goodreads)