Janette Rallison contacted me recently to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing her latest book, My Fairly Dangerous Godmother. This is the third in her My Fair Godmother series. When authors contact me, I basically feel like a rock star. Since I read Rallison’s My Fair Godmother several years ago, I relished the chance to read another of her books!
First of all, even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you can enjoy My Fairly Dangerous Godmother as a standalone novel. While I’ve read the first book, I haven’t read the second. I still fully enjoyed this latest edition, which I received in exchange for my review.
Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program.
Except Chrysanthemum Everstar is not a fairy godmother; she is a fair godmother. She is still in training, which leads to some hilariously disastrous results.
This is the basic premise of My Fairly Dangerous Godmother, but it barely scratches the surface of the novel. Sadie ends up in her own version of “The Little Mermaid,” with her favorite pop star unwittingly cast in the role of the human prince. Another wish gone awry transports them to “The 12 Dancing Princesses.”
Even with all the magical hijinks, the true beauty of this book is Sadie’s coming-of-age story. She
develops confidence in who she is and what she wants in life, while also realizing there are more singing end goals than becoming famous.
I also recently reread Views from the Depths, a collection of short stories by Jessica Grey. She retells four classic fairy tales:
"The Little Mermaid"
"Snow White and the 7 Dwarves"
"The 12 Dancing Princesses"
"Beauty and the Beast"
Grey retells each fairy tale from multiple points-of-view, with each fairy tale including at least one twist from standard adaptations. Each story is hauntingly beautiful, and not all of them end with a “Happily Ever After.”
My favorite of the four is Grey’s version of "Snow White." Few of the characters are anything like I’d expect, which makes it all the more magical.
What fairy tale books have you read recently? What should I read next? Remember, a fairy tale book
reviewer is a lot like a fairy. I don’t need applause to live, but I do need comments!
Brita Long is a francophile feminist living out her own fairy tale with her husband in Ohio. You can find her online at bellebrita.com, where she writes about her faith, books, and her life as a southern belle in the Midwest.