- Review: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
- Series: —
- Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
- No of Pages: 279
- Release Date: Published March 30th 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing
- Rating: 4/5
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?
This was a really cute and very different kind of fairy tale. You get to see things from a fairy godmother’s point of view. And this fairy godmother isn’t going to give you everything you want! At least not what you think you want. She’s going to give you what she thinks you REALLY want. If you’ve ever read Terry Pratchett Maven reminds me a bit of Granny Weatherwax. Granny likes to give real fortunes and most of the time you’re not going to like what she has to say!
Back to Maven, she is really quirky. I love how this starts off with her really being down on her luck and then finding out there is a completely different world out there where fairy tales are actually real and being a fairy godmother is a possibility. Maven is great in this and the other characters are just as quirky and fun. But the fact that Maven really was a different sort of character and definitely not the normal age of what I have been reading lately, which is a really pleasant surprise. But don’t let her age fool you, the book is definitely for all ages. I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t want to read what trouble that Maven tends to stir up while granting wishes! And really, the other characters but especially the twists. They really keep you guessing.
This did take me a bit to read and normally I would be able to point my finger in a specific direction but I don’t really know why. The plot was interesting, the characters were unique and Charlotte Henley Babb’s writing is really good. It may be that I just normally do not read that many fairy tale type of stories. But this is definitely not your average fairy tale so please don’t let that scare you away! I think it is definitely worth reading and I’m really curious if there will be a book two. Although the ending did tidy everything up but I would love to see what Maven is going to do next.
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