Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

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. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

Take a traditional idea, turn it on its head, and you've got My Fair Godmother. Chrissy is a bit self absorbed, and just wants to hurry through "helping" Savannah so she can go on to Godmother University.  Somehow Savannah, Tristan, and Savannah's sister Jane and her boyfriend Hunter (also Savannah's ex) manage to turn the mess Chrissy made into a happy ending.

The story was fun, original, and at times made me laugh out loud.  My one problem with it is that Chrissy fit so entirely the stereotypical almost cheerleader. Kind of air-headed, only thinking about fashion, and what she needs to get what she wants.  Setting that aside, the rest of the characters are real. They could be the people living down the street. And the mixture of normal with fantastic is just right.  I don't know if I'd read this one over and over, but once or twice a year I could.

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