The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
- ISBN: 0373802455
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Luna
- Pages: 479 (of story)
Elena Klovis starts out in what should be a Cinderella story, but The Tradition has left her hanging when no appropriate prince can be found. Her step-mother and -sisters spend her family fortune until they owe the creditors more than they can repay and flee town, leaving Elena in charge of the very empty and stripped house. Elena decides to abandon the property and search for work in her village, but instead gets taken in by the local fairy godmother to be her apprentice. Now instead of dealing with The Horrids, she has to deal with egotistical princes, Brownies, and pesky Unicorns that want to bask in her presence. She meets the ultimate challenge in a prince who’s more of an ass than a man! Humour and romance ensue as she tries to teach the prince a lesson.
What I liked:
This is the ultimate Girly-Girl book. There are Unicorns, big fluffy pink dresses, princes and moon-lit beach scenes. It is also funny in parts, and has a relatively good amount of action. I really liked Arachnia, a dark sorceress who gets turned to the good side, she just cracks me up. I liked how it had a good deal of underlying romance, without being an incredibly smutty book.
There was a little bit of head-hopping in this book (different points of view and all), which some readers will find annoying, but I found it helpful. I also liked that the point-of-no-return was reached early, around page 50, where we know that Elena can’t just return to the house and keep going the way she was. Actually, some would argue that this happens earlier, when her step-monster leaves her with nothing. Regardless, there aren’t any long pages or narrative back-story. Everything that you need to know is explained along as you go.
I do like the cover, even though it’s basically just a few photoshopped images spliced together with some light flares added for good measure. It does portray everything that the book is – cotton candy for the brain. The gold foil is pretty, as well.
What I didn’t like:
Um, not a whole lot. The font was kind of funny, but not bad. It just wasn’t the traditional “book” font, you know? I kind of liked that it was slightly larger and easier to read, but every time I opened the book my brain has to go “Oh, funny font” before it could get down to reading.
My only other complaint is that the way the title on the book is written it could be read “Mercedes Lackey: The Fairy Godmother”. At least that’s what my husband thought when he picked up the book. So perhaps if they had put the title before the author’s name, it might not have created any confusion for him.
Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 and warn that it’s not really a Young Adults book, as it does have a lot of interrupted sex scenes, culminating in one final scene.