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Fairy Godmothers Inc. Paperback – April 1, 2013
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"'Fairy Godmothers, Inc.' is a fast-paced and witty retelling of the age-old story of Cinderella, but there never has been a retelling such as this. Witty dialogue and unexpected twists and turns make this an enjoyable and engaging read." - Deseret News
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Jenniffer Wardell is the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle reporter for the Davis Clipper. She is the recipient of several awards from the Utah Press Association and the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Kate works for an evil corporation, but then, don't most people? In Kate's case, this means arranging tidy happily-ever-afters for the inconvenient children of wealthy families, with the help of a mind-altering drug called True Love when necessary. When she's assigned her biggest case yet, the ditzy, sweet, and utterly disinterested Cinderella, and finds herself working closely with Prince Jon of the kingdom of Somewhere in the process, she starts to question what she's willing to do for a paycheck.
As can be expected of a new take on the already often-mocked story of Cinderella, Fairy Godmothers, INC. has a joke or two that might be a tad on the predictable side or run just a little too far into the ground.
The jokes are nonstop enough that there's always a good one right around the corner ("Who could possibly confuse fur with glass?" "This is why we only use fresh pumpkins!"), to make up for the few groaners.
The story's also more than an excuse to string together a lot of digs at the brothers Grimm. If you like Terry Pratchett, Pixar movies, or any manner of fractured or re-imagined fairytales, I guarantee you're going to love this one. It's both hilarious and full of heart.
Kate strikes that elusive balance of toughness and vulnerability, Cinderella has the even rarer adorable (as opposed to irritating) daftness, and Prince Jon is genuinely charming, far from the typical princely nonentity. They don't get away with a low-stakes adventure just because of the humor element either. When first introduced, True Love and the general evils of Fairy Godmothers, INC. seem like the usual lighthearted jabs at corporate culture and fanciful magical fiction, but when the drug's effects threaten the main characters, the very sinister edge to the situation comes to the surface.
The serious side of Fairy Godmothers, INC. never stops the laughs. It does exactly what it should do: make it absolutely necessary, for reasons other than the promise of more jokes about banana-shaped carriages, to turn the page.
Kate is an overworked fairy godmother with a mean boss named Bubbles who has given Kate the thankless assignment of marrying Cinderella (nicknamed Rellie) to the local heir to the throne. If your blood sugar shoots up at the mere mention of fairy tale romances, not to worry. The four characters who form up into two romantic couples, i.e. the prince, Rellie, Kate and her colleague, Ned are very believable, down-to-earth characters, although Rellie has a passion for everything pink.
However, as Shakespeare once almost aptly put it, 'the curse of true love ne'er runs true.' If Kate fails in her mission to rescue Rellie from her mean stepmother and ugly stepsisters and marry her off to the prince, her boss will step in with a true love potion that is guaranteed to make Newt Gingrich fall in love with Hillary Clinton. AND Bubbles will fire Kate, who knows that there aren't very many openings in the job market for a gal with wings.
Kate and Ned (a fairy godmother-in-training) have seen the effects of the love potion on a hapless colleague who spilled some on herself, and they don't want to be within ten miles of the stuff. It's like carrying around a vial of radioactive polonium.
Plus is it really fair to make two people fall in love chemically?
And what if it's the fairy godmother who falls in love with the prince?
This fantasy does lose a bit of its liveliness toward the middle after the two couples are matched up romantically, and the dialogue becomes repetitive ("I love you I love you I love you"). The road bumps on the way to true romance are minor. No one's transmission is going to fall out, even with the misapplication of the scary love potion. No one's toes are cut off to achieve a fit with the glass slipper. The ugly sisters (or as Carol Burnett once labeled them: 'the sisties ugler') are sent home without so much as a whipping. This story is more Disney than Grimm, with a much prettier fairy godmother, and without the birds and the mice, although for the right price you can make your big entrance at the ball amidst fireworks and rose petals.
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Neat idea for a story. I liked the idea of people being able to choose in their fairy godmother plans. I liked the idea of the "clients" being empowered.
Great romantic relationships. There were 2 main romantic relationships in this story. They were very different and yet both were satisfying and brought a smile to my face.
Great friendships. There were 2 main friendships in this story too. One between a man and a woman and one between 2 men. Again, both relationships were very different, but both showed a great deal of loyalty and comradery.
Fairy tale world not defined. I couldn't picture this world. Was it old fashioned, was it modern? I had a hard time envisioning the surroundings and the clothes people wore.
Dragging on. I felt like the book dragged on a bit.
Writing a bit confusing. I found several times that I couldn't follow what the author was saying. I didn't get what the characters were doing or why they were doing it. I got a little lost sometimes, but pressed forward without understanding.
Warnings: None on the cleanliness scale.
My 12 year old daughter read this book before me. I think it was appropriate for that age and up.