by: Rebekah L. Purdy
(Author Interview here)
Sixteen-year-old Maggie Winters can’t think of anything more exciting than junior year. There’s her first prom to look forward to, she can drive, and most important Connor Prince has finally noticed her. But unfortunately so has the school snob, Katrina Melville, who goes out of her way to make Maggie’s life a living hell. If that’s not enough, Maggie’s grandma has decided to retire, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she’s next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.
At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that lets her grant wishes. It’s like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn’t make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina’s happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can’t tell her two best friends about any of it and they’re getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn’t all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more…
Have you ever wished you were a fairy godmother…no, well neither has Maggie.
All Maggie Winters wants is her happily ever after with her prince charming, Connor Prince, who just happens to drive a white Ford Mustang Convertible (one of the many loves of my life)…yeah, he’s her white knight…
Then everything changes when Maggie finds out that her grandmother is the Fairy Godmother and that now it is Maggie’s turn.
I loved this book, how could I not?? Rebekah L. Purdy took your typical, Cinderella, happily ever after story and gave it a major twist. As a writer myself it is a storyline I would have never thought of, that many people have never thought of…why not just make the main character the Fairy Godmother instead of Cinderella…(read: genius)
From the very moment I opened my Kindle to read this book, I did not want to put it down…unfortunately my writing time called. Maggie winters is an easily relatable character, her parents are divorced, her mother is a busy lawyer, and while she has very loyal friends she is practically a social outcast as a result of her constant bullying by Katrina Melville (aka the Wicked Witch of the West…those Mean Girls have nothing on her). Oh, Katrina Mellville, now she is a character. I have read books where the main characters were wonderful but the supporting characters…not so much. In The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex, you will find none of that. I think she almost gave me nightmares; by the time I got past the first few pages in the book I already wanted her dead (yeah, she’s that evil aka a very well created character).
To be honest at that point I was very satisfied with this book, easily already a four owl rating. Until Purdy brings in the Grimms…five owl heaven…the Grimms are creatures of the shadow and it is their sole goal to ensure that happily ever afters never happen. Put that plot together with the fact that Maggie Winters is supposed to make Katrina Mellville’s happily ever after with Conner Prince come true and you have got a winner.
Not to mention that the writing is good as well. Having a good plot with great twists and turns is one thing but producing a book with great writing is another. To all of those agents out there who passed up this book…you missed out. Purdy’s writing and plot flow together so well that you won’t even realize that you spent the past three hours in the same position reading her book (…a day in the life of me).
Now I know I have said this before but seriously, especially if you have a weakness for fairy tale retellings (or redesignings in this case), you have to go and read (cough, cough buy) this book.
**I received this book from its Author Rebekah L. Purdy, this is a 100% honest review.**
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