Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison Book Review

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
(Hardcover, January 2009)


Savannah used to have a pretty perfect life...until her smarty pants sister stole her cute, intelligent boyfriend. Now Savannah has a fair godmother trying to fix her problems. Why not a fairy godmother? Well, Chrissy, the godmother, didn't exactly excel in Fairy Godmother school. In fact, her grades were merely fair. So Savannah is stuck in the Middle Ages, caught somewhere between Snow White, Cinderella, and the dashing young storyteller, Tristan, who Chrissy also transported to the Middle Ages.
"It's all part of the deluxe prom package Savannah ordered."
Fairy tale retellings are some of my favorite stories. It's so fascinating to see how different authors twist the age old tales into something new. Normally, there's some new lesson to be learned, some new moral to be pondered over. In My Fair Godmother, there is a new moral. It's just buried under Chrissy's poor attempts at fairy godmotherhood. Savannah's three wishes aren't very well thought out and it was hilarious seeing how Chrissy interpreted them. I read this book on a plane and the guy next to me kept giving me weird looks because I was constantly laughing out loud. My Fair Godmother is an irreverent, playful take on the godmother myth and my only complaint is that I want to know more about Chrissy and her Fairy Godmother School. So, Ms. Rallison, please won't you write another fair godmother book?


  1. See, like. I could never write a book like this. What is wrong with my imagination?

  2. I love the image of you laughing on that plane and getting weird looks =)

  3. Beth- Your imagination is just fine. I love the mystery in Nothing But Ghosts! :)

    H- It was definitely a fun and funny read. Who knows - maybe that guy on the plane went and ordered a copy!

  4. I totally had a similar reaction: I want to know more about Chrissy and her attempts at school. (Though the way the book ended left it open for sequels...) C and I really, really liked this one.

  5. I love fairy tale re-tellings! This one sounds cute.

    Parker P

  6. I recently bought this book and I thought this would kind of be one of those books that looked cool,but might not live up to it's exspectations. (I have just read the Twilight Sage so it takes a bit to impress me now lol). But,this book was actually very good! It was well writen and the characters made me laugh. I am definatley hoping for a sequel! Do you think she should use the same characters or different ones if she did a sequel,besides Chrissy of must have her in it.
    It was a great book. Not 5 stars but pretty close!

  7. Yay, I'm glad it was good--I got a copy at B&N and it looks super-cute....fairy tale retellings are some of my faves, too! (:

  8. This book sounds really interesting. Although I'm sure it might not be available in my country, I'll highly consider buying it online. Thanks for the great review, Em!

    -- p/s; I'v just created a book review blog, Hope u can visit it

  9. I liked this one too!

    I have tagged you for a meme, Em, if you feel like playing:

  10. I LOVED IT!!!!! Definitley my favorite book of all time!


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