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A Reader of Fictions: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from Cinderella

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from Cinderella

My Unfair Godmother
Godmother, Book 2

Author: Janette Rallison
Pages: 339
Publisher: Walker & Company

Brief Summary:
Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar wants to be a fairy godmother, but first she needs to get into the university. Unfortunately, her tendency to be distracted by pedicures, poor choices, and (totally to blame) assistant, Clover the leprechaun have made that difficult. This is her second try to prove her worthiness to the admissions folks. For this case, she is offering her services (three wishes and a fantastic wardrobe) to Tansy, who has been a bit pathetic for a while. Tansy's parents divorced when she was young, and her father never gave her the attention she wanted subsequently. Now, forced to live with him, she acts out by dating a bad boy, which gets her handcuffed and taken to prison. Tansy's thrilled by the wishes, but, as anyone who has read a fairy tale knows, wishes are tricky business.

Review:
Yet again, I have accidentally read book two in a series first. Ack! The last time I did it, it was also with a book about a teen girl making wishes (odd that). Neither one was a series where the order really matters, but I still hate doing that. Sigh.

To begin with, I have to say that I hated pretty much everything about the author's decisions in this book. The main character is obnoxious and her decisions both stupid and rather absurd. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it. Why is a total mystery to me. I yelled at it several times, but at no point did I want to stop reading. The rest of the review will consist of some examples of what I did not like about the book.

The rebellious teen, who is quite smart, but dating a creepy bad boy to prove a point to her dad is a bit old, but I can deal. What annoyed me was that, much as she loved to read, she stopped to anger her father and stepmother, both librarians (holla!). Rebel, if you want, but don't give up things you like to spite someone. Guess who you're really spiting!

When Chrissy arrives, Tansy thinks about her first wish and is quite logical about how easy it is to have a wish go wrong. Then, I swear to Jane Austen, Tansy wished, under her breath, for something completely and entirely stupid, and not something she really wanted even. Ugh. I mean, really? Does this pass for plot these days. On her third wish, she does try really hard, but then the fairy interprets it differently, but not in the usual clever twisting your words way, just in a here's a completely off the wall way to get it way. Not pleased.

Worst of all, Tansy acquires a baby in the midst of her quest. I won't explain why, because that would be a spoiler. But, baby there is. And I do not like reading books about a girl who wants a baby so much. Well, I did like Bumped, but I would prefer to keep this to a minimum. I won't mention yet the fact that Rallison could not choose which of two fairy tales to use, so she combined them, or any of the other concerns.

So, a good, yet terrible read. Take what you can from that, because I cannot quantify this any better. Despite my various protestations and frustrations, I do intend to read the first book in the series, and likely the third. Oh, and, if you were curious, the cover art is not unrealistic, because Chrysanthemum totally looks and dresses like that!

"It'll do magic believe it or not
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo"

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2 Comments:

Blogger Charisse Balleza said...

But I loved this book! :)

June 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Lol. That's okay! My opinion isn't the be all and end all of opinions! I'm always happy when people love books.

June 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM  

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