Friday, August 24, 2012

'Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil' Book Tour - Review

Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil

Author: Charlotte Henley Babbs

Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction

Broke, busted and despairing over the mess her life has turned out  to be, middle-aged Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.

Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to find her personal power by relying on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd, to survive in this imaginary garden with real trolls in it so that her clients get their happily ever after.

Product DetailsPublisher: MuseItUp Publishing (March 30, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1-77127-000-7
Price: $5.95

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Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite *****

Wonderfully interesting characters allowed me to get lost in the pages of this story. Fans of fantasy will certainly enjoy reading "Maven Fairy Godmother: Thru The Veil." While there were a couple of instances of sexual innuendos, overall this book was a very clean read, one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to teens and adults alike!

Modern day fairy story..... June 23, 2012 ****
By Marie C. Cordalis
Format:Kindle Edition
Maven certainly isn't what we've all been raised to visualize as a "Fairy Godmother", but nonethless, "Fairy Godmother" she is!

Maven's having a tough time in life when all of a sudden the answer to her wishes falls into her lap. A dream job. I mean REALLY a DREAM job. Fairy tales aren't real, or are they????

It was nice for a change to have the heroine who wasn't drop dead gorgeous, young, skinny, kick ass, etc., etc., etc.... Someone older, imperfect and struggling who still has lots to contribute to this world and the one beyond the veil.

You Gotta Love Maven May 31, 2012 ****
By Marva Dasef
Format:Kindle Edition
Maven isn't having much luck with life. Matter of fact, things suck. She's broke, out of gas, and at the end of her rope. But she tries for one more job and, after the weirdest interview ever, is hired to be...a fairy godmother? In training, of course.

A personal quirk: I'd as soon wait for the next book in the series to learn the story of Tulip, the human who desperately wants to be a fairy godmother, or Vivienne, Daisy, the Cook, and way too many other characters to keep track. Yes, all the stories spring from Maven's rewriting the old tales, but much of this could be imparted in a paragraph or two. Maven is the star here, and she's the one I want to read about.

I loved this book! June 2, 2012 ****
By WorldofMyImagination
Format:Kindle Edition
I love any book that restores my faith in fairy tales. And I loved Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil for that reason (among many other reasons on top of that). Immediately, I related to the main character Maven, a middle aged lady who has been struggling with not only having no job, but having nearly no life. When we meet her, she lives in an old van and barely has enough money to scrounge together a cup of coffee.

I loved this book … the cast of characters, the recreation and twist to many familiar stories, and all the magic put into every word. If you love fairy tales, magic, and the idea that everyone can make a wish and not just pretty princesses (hey, trolls have wishes too, you know), than you will want to read this book. And by the way, should there ever be a Twilight Lounge that comes into existance, I would become the cool biker chick persona Maven dresses up as (you'll have to read and find out what I mean by that everyone)!


"Be careful what you ask for," Maven said, "You just might get it."

The girl stared at Maven for a moment. She held up her fingers and started counting. "I just want to have (one) the fabulous, romantic evening with (two) the beautiful clothes and (three) the lovely music and (four) the elegant food I didn't have to cook." Wistful hope shone on her face even behind the calculations of exactly what kinds of fun girls just want to have. She  tuck out her thumb and added, "I was very careful."

"You asked for it." Maven wondered how a fairy godmother cast her spell. She hoped the wand would work, but in a dream, what could go wrong? "I will provide the clothes and the coach and the whole kit, cat and caboodle. If you like what you see, then go for the prince and make yourself happy. If not, then come back home and decide what you want. You have until midnight before it all goes away. At the twelfth bong: busted."

"I'm ready." The girl closed her eyes, held her breath, and stood very still.

How to grant a wish? The Bump suggested bopping the girl over the head, preferably with a broom handle. Maven swished the wand, but nothing happened. There was a song in the movie, but she couldn't remember how it went. "Boopbetty Boopbetty Do!"

The girl opened her eyes again. "What? Do you need something for the magic...mice? A pumpkin?"

"Bring them on." The girl ought to wash her face, too. But if Maven had magic for horses and coaches, a bath should be no sweat. Maven never cast a spell before, but she'd written affirmations, meditations and invocations. She'd soaked her head and sunk her bankbook in all
flavors of Manifest your Mojo workshops trying to make some sense of her life. Maybe  they'd work if she did them for someone else.
 **My thoughts**

This book was a fun alternative to the traditional fairy tale. It was a little reminiscient of Harry Potter, but with a character to whom adults will easily relate. We've all had a point in our lives where we feel like we need to start over. We can't all get whisked away to Faery to become fairy godmothers, but we can find our inner strengths. 

It is an enjoyable read that goes pretty smoothly. You'll chuckle along the way with some grown-up humor. You will also learn a lot of lessons, just as Maven and Tulip do, about life and love. Pay attention to their lessons and apply them to your own life.

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name--although she sometimes mistook "Chocolate" for "Charlotte" on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter. When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better. In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to
steampunk and the gears are turning...corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood? Here. Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

Also Available: Maven's Fractured Fairy Tales – ebook and print book, 3 Maven short stories.

Bubba and the Beast
Fairy Frogmother
File Size: 157 KB
Print Length: 46 pages
Publisher: Charlotte Henley Babb; 1 edition (June 13, 2012)

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1 comment:

  1. What I like most about this book is the protagonist. I'm glad the protagonist is an older, adult person for a change. Usually I get protagonists in their teens, twenties or thirties, but never much older!


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