Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil by Charlotte Henley Babb

Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil

Author: Charlotte Henley Babb

Synopsis: Maven's new dream job--fairy godmother--presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn't giving her the facts--and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll? 

Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin

Review: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil can be summed up with one word: Fabulous.

The story starts out as Maven, a middle-aged, plump, out of luck women who is on her very last dollar, struggling to look for work. She's practically running her van on hopes and pleads and she just wants a decent cup of coffee. Then, finally, she gets a job interview. It's different than from any other interview she's ever been on and she isn't quite convinced that these people are for real. At the end of the interview, she finds out that she lands the a new job as a Fairy Godmother. Sounds like a dream job, right? Maven is given wings, a wand, and a piece of gossamer (which she held very little faith for) and her new life began as fairy godmother.

This book had me crying with laughter. Maven isn't your typical heroine. She's not some young teenager with the world resting on her size four shoulders and she's not trying to decide if she's in love with a werewolf or vampire. She's a grown up with a college education and little faith in wishing, so to see her in this new world of Faery where magic is happening all around is just hilarious and through it all, she never loses her head and encourages intelligent wishes. "If you don't care for Prince Elbert, there are always other options." She doesn't understand why the modern fairy tales are about young women who are just looking to marry well. "The young are very emotional and often extremely single-minded about what they want." Ha-ha-ha this line was great. So it's Maven's job to keep the fairy tales in order so the people of Mundane (our world) have something to believe in, but also so that people can learn from their mistakes and eventually have a happy outcome "You get what you wish for." And it doesn't come easy for her, but it's pretty dang entertaining.

Take it from me, if you're looking for a new outlook on our fairy tales and a light and fun reading experience, then Maven's journey is one you want to read.

Author Bio: Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name--although she sometimes mistook "Chocolate" for "Charlotte" on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter. Growing up in the Carolinas, she found it easy to listen to the fairies in the woods and the aliens in the back yard.

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better. Her favorite authors now include Sir Terry Pratchett, Robert Aspirin, and Esther Friesner.

In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning...corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours.Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood?

Having big feet, gray hair, a mischievous twinkle in her eye, Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

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