Not a lot of reading or writing going on here. Instead: 3 rehearsals last week for our choir program, working with my kids to finish up their school year within the next few weeks, trying to get Ben on track to start community college in the fall, celebrating my husband's birthday . . . it's been a busy May.
I still haven't decided which level of the Once Upon a Time challenge I'm actually doing (which makes it not so much a challenge, I guess, as an inspiration to read outside my comfort zone). I read a mythology-based book last month for book club (Lavinia, which I haven't reviewed). This week I read a fairy tale-based book, Fairy Godmothers, Inc.
I'd accepted a copy of this book from Jolly Fish Press prior to starting the challenge--it wasn't my usual genre, but a new spin on the fairy godmother concept sounded quirky and fun. The concept, and the protagonist, Kate, definitely lived up to that expectation. Still, I was mostly confused as I tried to jump into the fairy tale world. Was it too big of a leap for this realistic fiction reader? No--the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone confused me, too, but once I was into HP, I was in for the long haul. With Fairy Godmothers, Inc. I was impatient with the book much of the time, all the way through till the end.
On reflection, I think it comes down to the side characters. Cinderella (Rellie) and Prince Rupert, for instance--they're more like caricatures from a kids' movie than fully developed characters. This was funny at times (which is the point, I think) but it was funny in the way that a DreamWorks movie is funny. The end result was some major characters that I didn't connect with, and a story that was cute, but lacked depth. There was so much promise, but I think in the end, "quirky and fun" aren't enough for me. I want something more out of a book.
I think this book will be popular as a light summer read, though, especially for people who love fairy tales turned sideways.