Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review: My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother, by Janette Rallison
2015, 322p, Clean YA Fantasy/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar: a gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel wearing fairy godmother in training. She misinterprets Sadie's wishes and sends her back in time to be a part of The Little Mermaid story and then makes her one of the twelve dancing princesses. Wishes are permanent, and if Sadie wants to get back to her home, she'll have to strike a magical bargain--one that involves stealing a goblet from a powerful fairy queen.

Janette Rallison is one of my favorite authors so I had high expectations going into this book and am glad that she delivered! This book is awesome!! I laughed through most of it. I watch America's Got Talent with my family and we love it! Sadie tries out for a similar show called America's Top Talent. She's a singer and her audition goes horribly wrong. She's guaranteed to be a YouTube sensation, and not in a good way. She meets her fairy-godmother-in-training, Chrysanthemum Everstar (Chrissy), and is granted three wishes. Her first wish lands her as The Little Mermaid. Every young girl that fantasizes about being a mermaid should read this. The reality of life as a mermaid was hilarious! 

She gets out of that situation and ends up as one of the twelve dancing princesses. I laughed harder at her being a princess than a mermaid. She brought up good points--who wants to give up electricity, indoor plumbing, cars, the internet, technology, etc., to be a princess? Chrissy has a way of technically giving Sadie what she wishes for but it's obviously not what Sadie has in mind when she makes her wish.

Returning home proves to be quite the adventure and Sadie learns a lot along the way. There are definitely obstacles for her to overcome and she's fortunate to meet someone willing to help her. I enjoyed every single character in this story.

This is the third book in this series. I read the first one a few years ago and remembered that I enjoyed it even though I don't remember the specifics. I didn't read the second book and I was glad that this one works well as a stand alone. I will definitely share this series with my daughter. It's clean and fun! Sadie's story is resolved but the series is really about Chrissy becoming a fairy godmother so it's left open for more. 

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)


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