Fiction, Romance

Kayla’s Book Review: FAIRY GODMOTHERS INC.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was given an ebook of Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWylde by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #FairyGodmothersInc

“If love is the source of all the magic in the universe, and the town of Ever After, Missouri, is the epicenter of enchantment, then the locals are in dire need of a reboot. At least according to resident fairy godmothers Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. Their solution? Blow a bit of fairy dust in the direction of those in need of romance…what could possibly go wrong?

Lucky Fujiki’s first name is a cosmic joke. Her luck is so bad, even the number seven steers clear of her. But when her adorable godmothers ask for a favor, Lucky can’t say no—even if she can already feel the bad juju waiting to strike. And her mission is even worse than she imagined: to promote Ever After as a wedding destination by faking a marriage to her first love and long-time ex, Ransom Payne—he of the Embarrassing Incident that neither of them will ever live down…

Ransom Payne has spent years building an impressive new reputation for himself, and now his godmothers want him to pretend to wed the one girl he’d like most to forget? Sure, weddings in Ever After could be a huge boon for his chocolate business, but risking more up-close-and-personal time with Lucky? Considering the stakes, it’s a curse he’ll have to bear, at the risk of being humiliated—or perhaps, bewitched…”

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My Take:

I honestly enjoyed this book. The fairy godmothers are hilarious and endearing, the author’s take on the fairytale characters living in Ever After is creative and fun, and the banter is witty and entertaining. However, Fairy Godmothers Inc. is not without its issues.

First of all, the fairy godmothers and other fairytale characters are ten times more interesting than the two main protagonists. My favorite part of the novel was the chapter in which the fairytale characters all get together and start plotting, and the protagonists are nowhere in sight.

Ransom is your basic romance novel hero–flawless and hopelessly in love with the female protagonist. There’s not even a question of “will they or won’t they” as Ransom professes his love in his first point-of-view chapter.

Lucky, on the other hand, is perfectly imperfect. She’s thin, beautiful, has a loyal best friend, is good with children, and has the attention of a billionaire, but she has the exact flaw that every romance genre heroine has–she’s clumsy. Only this time magic is involved, and Lucky’s clumsiness is attributed to her bad luck, a trait that everyone seems to accept.

That’s my other issue with this novel: I can only suspend my disbelief so much. Fairy godmothers, werewolves, and evil queens living secretly in small-town Missouri–I’m all in! But when Ransom almost loses his business because a vindictive internet reporter publishes an article about Ransom’s fiancé having bad luck, I’m not buying it. I can’t believe that a board of directors in an international business would try to out him for marrying someone with “allegedly bad luck.” More likely, they would tell Ransom to sue the reporter for libel.

Overall, this book is a fun little romance story, but it could have been so much more.

What are you reading this weekend?

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