My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Published by Walker (bloomsbury)
$16.99 (US hardback)
What it's about:
Tansy has always felt that her father never has enough time for her. She might have wanted to get his attention--but getting caught with spray paint, on a date, wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Enter Chrissy, who is only a fair godmother, so Tansy's three wishes don't quite go according to plan. If bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported to the Middle Ages to recreate the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale certainly is. She'll rely on her own fairytale knowledge, plus the help of her family and the cute police chief's son, Hudson, to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control!
Move over Edward, it's all about Hudson now!
I honestly can't get enough of Janette Rallison's books. She always comes up with great twists to everyones favorite fairy tales. I love how she explains the little things I never would think about, like how Snow White was really dim, that's why she called the dwarfs names like Sleepy, Doc, Happy, and so on, or how Cinderella's Prince was actually a mean man. Of course, now there are new spins on both Robin Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. Both stories I love.
What is great about Janette's books is that they are cheesey, but in a very very very good way. The characters are fun, understanding, and utterly normal. They feel like people you would actually know in real life. Also, I'm adding Hudson to my book boyfriend list. So expect him to show up sometime soon.
When you open up a Janette Rallison book, you know what to expect. All of her books always follow what I call the Rallison Rule. It has to have an angsty teen, the hott boy next door that starts out as a sort of enemy turned crush, and a happy ending. It's the happy ending that I really love. I know when I finish this book, I will be happy and satisfied with how it ends. Really, all of Rallison's books are like an ABC Family movie. Matter of fact, they all should be turned into ABC Family movies. I'd watch them!
I can't wait for the third book in this on going series. Next I'm thinking that Beauty and the Beast, Alladin, and the Princess and the Pea should be told. Maybe add in some Alice In Wonderland?
What fairy tales does everyone else want Janette to write about next?
My Rating: I could never give one of her books below a 10/10
"Friar Tuck held out a rough-hewn sack to the girl. From the look of it, they had brought the sacks with them from the Middle Ages. It figured. They must travel with them. After all, you never know when you're going to meet someone you want to rob."
"I gaped at it. My life was not only in print, but in Sparknotes."
"All fairy tales have a moral," Clover said. "The moral of The Three Little Pigs is that hard work pays off in the end. The moral of Little Red Riding Hood is that you shouldn't talk to strangers. The moral of Cinderella is that men never look at a woman's face long enough to recognize her, so you had better wear distinctive footwear if you want to catch a prince."
"Take care of the girl. We've a busy day tomorrow. Either a wedding or an execution. Flexibility is our middle name."
"The key to happiness--as any good fairy godmother will tell you--is not to avoid problems, but to overcome them."
"But that's how life is. You never know how it's going to turn out, and you can't plan for everything. You just have to do your best dealing with things as they come and hope people forgive you when you make a mistake."