I really wanted to like Fairy Godmothers Inc., a magical second chance romance seemed like just the way to start the holiday season. But alas, while I didn’t hate it, I also had a hard time getting through it. The Godmothers were funny, forward-thinking ladies, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to carry the whole story. The main characters, Lucky and Ransom just didn’t do it for me– they were whiny and predictable, and I never really bought into the idea that their love was doomed. The supporting cast was similarly disappointing, being too one dimensional to add much spice or drama to the plot. The story relied heavily on fortune cookie advice: love her for herself, believe you are worthy, everyone deserves a happily ever after, etc. etc.
So, now that my gripes are out of the way, I will say that there were some aspects of Fairy Godmothers Inc. that I enjoyed enough to get me through the book. The alternate identities of familiar fairytale characters was well done, with Rosebud Briar (Sleeping Beauty) operating a magical clothier, Goldilocks working as a bar maid at a mining themed pub run by seven dwarves named after types of beer, and Red and Grammy (a werewolf) making the best baked goods this side of the Mississippi. The talking animals were hilarious, with a cardinal named Bronx actually making me laugh out loud more than once. And while the story lacked any believable tension or sense of foreboding, the ending was sweet, and exactly what one would want from a happily ever after. All in all, while Fairy Godmothers Inc. has not become my new favorite book, it is one that I would recommend to help pass the time with a few laughs and awws thrown in for good measure.