Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Tansy Harris stopped using her father’s last name the day he and her mother divorced, and he abandoned them to move across the country. In the years that followed, she took second place to her father’s stepson. When fortune, or misfortune, smiles upon Tansy, she finds herself having to move across country to live with her father for a year.

Enter Bo, the small town’s bad boy. Tansy realizes she has a chance to reinvent herself to be whomever she wants. And at the moment, she wants to be a rebel.

When rebellion finds her at the police station being interrogated by detectives over a misunderstanding, Tansy’s life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

She's about to find out when she meets Chrissy Everstar: Tansy’s Fair Godmother. Chrissy offers Tansy three wishes, and in true Chrissy form, promptly twists them until they're more nightmare than dream come true.

All Tansy wants is a little attention and to be loved by her father. She never thought that would bring Robin Hood and his…not-so-Merry Men to pillage the town. She also never expected to be thrust into the middle ages where she has to battle Rumplestiltskin himself.

With the help of her family, a handsome guy from her high school (another misunderstanding) and a whole lot of thinking, Tansy has to work her way through to see if her story ends up happily ever after.


I am a huge fan of Rallison’s work. I have loved every book of hers I’ve ever read. My Unfair Godmother is no exception. The second installment in the Godmother series, My Unfair Godmother had large shoes to fill.

One of the things I love the most about Janette Rallison’s books are the humor. The dialogue usually has me in stitches because it’s so real. My Unfair Godmother only had two or three parts that were really funny. Tansy is more frustrating than lovable. Her attraction to Hudson seems to blossom overnight…or rather over three nights.

Those things aside, I was super impressed with the author’s creativity! I have no idea how she can read a fairytale and say, “what if this is what really happened?” and make it into a book. It was fascinating. I was literally turning the pages out of sheer amazement at how the story was unfolding.

I was quite satisfied with the ending.

I highly recommend this very clean, very entertaining, and sufficiently romantic book.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (April 12, 2011)
  • Source: Local Library
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1 comment:

Maura said...

I read this for a book club once. It was a great book with a good lesson! :)