Never Trust a Fairy-in-Training

My Unfair Godmother

by Janette Rallison

–review by Bronto Incognito

my unfair godmother.jpgAge: Young Adult (though could be appropriate for Middle Grade)
Series: 2 of 3 (though each is a companion to the others and could be read out of order/work as a stand-alone)Contains: Underage drinking and vandalism, magic, death, and some kissing!

So many quotes to choose from.  We’ll start with this:
“I’m leaving your mother, but not you and Kendall,” he told her. “I’ll always be your father.”
Fairy’s side note: Even mortals with the best of intentions will tell a devastation of lies.

Book-a-likes: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

So as a teen with a dad who basically ditched the family after the divorce, moved to Arizona, and became the world’s best dad to the new step-son, you’d feel pretty deserving of a fairy godmother when one showed up, right?  Even if said godmother didn’t show up until after your new Arizona bad-boy boyfriend, specifically selected to tick off dad, took off and got you arrested for his crime?  Well Tansy does, and it’s about time dad took notice of why she’s been acting the way she has.

But because she was a teenager, her father couldn’t tell the difference between her sullenness and normal moody teenage behavior.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell with mortal girls.

Heck, even the step-brother has figured out why she’s dating a future parole-violator:

Nick didn’t approve.  He’d known Bo since junior high, back when Bo cared enough about school to cheat on his exams.  Bo had stolen Nick’s lunch and tripped him in PE and…there were several more ands.
But in Bo’s defense, he was handsome.

The problem with Tansy’s particular godmother though is…well…she’s not actually a fairy godmother…yet.  She’s only fair.

Chrissy never did too well in school…though for the life of her she can’t understand why.  She aced the ball gown portion of her assignments with flying colors.
Plus, nobody died, so….

Chrissy is hilarious and superficial and out of touch with what her wishers want, though things always have a way of working themselves out in the end.  And lest you think these wishes come rule free, there are several.  Including…


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.

Tansy thinks she’s got this whole thing figured out and wish, poof, Robin Hood and his stinky, rude, thieving Merry Men are in her bedroom except oh, wait, they’re not exactly the heroes pop culture has made them out to be…

Basically when Chrissy’s your godmother nothing goes right and she’s never around when you need her and hilarity ensues.  Just picture Robin Hood holding up a Walgreen’s and stealing all the change in the register, but having no understanding of the worth of all the green paper.

Oh, and he also wants that dude’s nose ring…

I did like the first one in this series just a smidge better because Chrissy appeared in it a bit more, but this one was not a disappointment by any means.  The lesson in the end is pretty good and one particular chauvinist gets his just desserts and that always makes me smile.  Now I just have to hunt down the last one and find out what happens to Chrysanthemum Everstar and her journey  to be come a REAL fairy godmother.

I’ll just leave you with one last quote before I go…

“And,” Hudson went on, “this is our son, Stetson.”
I didn’t move toward the inn.  “We should at least choose a name that works in the time period.  Edward, or maybe Jacob…”
“You are not naming our son after Twilight characters.”

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!!

–Bronto Incognito

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For more sweet, light-hearted romance check out these:

ghost          flipped      airhead


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