Today I am happy to share a book with you: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil by Charlotte Henley Babb. Today I will have a review and you can also enter to win your own custom tarot reading, typed and emailed to the winner. The drawing ends on 30 December – so be sure to click on this Rafflecopter and enter! Additionally – there are several other stops with Interviews, Guest Posts, Excerpts and reviews – be sure you check out the Tour Stops!
Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
Series: Maven Fairy Godmother, Book 1
Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing Company
Pages: 279 / 101k words
Book Description: 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?
The Review: Of late, I have had the opportunity to read several re-takes on the classic fairy tales. Many of these new reads have had Fairy Godmothers who are less than the “bippity boppity boo” of those found in Disney – but few have the sheer calamity Jane feel of Maven. Disasters small and large, making Maven a character easy to empathize and sympathize with, especially for anyone who has worked for a living.
The characters are as unique and quirky as any I have seen, most are developed with a nod to both modern stereotypes (dive bars, foolish behaviors) and twisted just enough to be new and uniquely suited to the story and the plot. From Dragons and Trolls, Samoan princesses and over-achieving youngsters looking to be Fairy Godmother Supreme – this read did not disappoint.
Blessed with a “Bump of Direction” as she has named her interior voices, Maven manages to avoid major disasters while finding her footing and abilities as she is thrust into her new position. A witty, quick read (despite the 200+ pages) this is a read that is well crafted with an homage to all that is familiar, and a new and unique twist that makes it all the more enjoyable. It reminded me slightly of the Fractured Fairy Tales from Saturday mornings watching Rocky and Bullwinkle with the same tongue-in-cheek feel to the story that held my interest. The only hiccup in the story is the ends tied up fairly neatly: although there could be a sequel, there were no cliffhangers to speak of which makes me wonder if this is the last of Maven.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for participation in the Full Moon Bites tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
As an aside – when I went to post my review to Amazon for this tour – I found that the author has a book available called Fractured Fairy Tales – I bought it because I enjoyed this book so much.
About the Author: 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.
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 current favorites are Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Shelly Adima’s Lady of Devices.
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, washing machine 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?
Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment
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