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Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
"After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight."- summary from Amazon

This was a really cute, original book. I loved the idea behind it and it was a fun adventure/romantic comedy. I was chuckling almost every page, as well as occasionally swooning (romantic bits) and on the edge of my seat (action bits). It's a clever take on the Fairy Godmother tales and it was interesting to see Rallison weave together the three different tales (though they are all handled one at a time) and how they all came together in the end.

Savannah was a great character and one I think a lot of people can relate to. Maybe not necessarily with the shopping and airheadedness, but the way she's constantly underestimated by her family and friends and essentially seen as stupid. She means well though, and I think she represents a more realistic portrayal of a regular person going through these adventures.

I really enjoyed this book, as I've enjoyed some of Rallison's previous works, and she did a great job with this new genre for her. I'm excited to read the sequel/companion book My Unfair Godmother, which will be out in April.

FTC: Received ARC from author. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. I have one of her books to read, but I'm not going to put it out there unless I'm in the mood. She advocates putting messages in books and stuff, and I prefer authors that do that naturally and don't make it a big deal.

  2. Really? I've never noticed that before in any of the books I've read. I think I've read 3 of them so far and if there was a message, it certainly wasn't heavy-handed. Where did you hear her say that?

  3. Oh, I likez the cover, and I like the idea of it. I'm going to put it on my list of To-Buy.

    Thanks for the review,

  4. It was actually on Shannon Hale's blog. She was in this group of authors posting on messages in books/whether or not parents should censor what their kids read.

    It wasn't like bad or anything, I just don't think I'd gel with her stuff at the moment. I just know she thinks about the morals she puts into her books - not bad, per say, but I know she thinks about it more than other authors may.

    It's interesting because you do wonder which authors think about it and which just let it happen. That post as a whole was very informative, and made me want to read Meghan Whalen Turner.


  5. I adore this book! I also didn't notice any heavy handed messaging in it, so if she managed to put one in there without people noticing - then good for her!