“Courage is a fickle creature. Just as you need it, it often makes excuses and rushes out of the room.”
Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!
After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.
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Light fantasies like this are not my usual cup of tea but I loved Janette Rallison's Just One Wish so I was pretty sure I'll enjoy this novel too. Unfortunately I felt like the story was going nowhere despite the semi exciting plot. Moreover I found the characters one-dimensional and distant. My problems started with Jane, who I could sympathize with but at the same time I felt like her character was boring and made the stupidest decisions, even though she was supposedly the clever sister.
Savannah's point of view didn't bring the awaited change in the novel. It was terrible how she was overlooked in the family. What I hated the most was that her parents barely had any role in the novel. Her mother appeared once but only briefly and it wasn't like she was that nice to Savannah. I think she should have been a lot more understanding and she should have told her daughter how she is no less than Jane, no matter how smart Jane is.
I liked how the author tried to portray that while Savannah wasn't book smart or call it whatever, she still didn't deserve to be treated like an airhead. My problem is that the message didn't came through crystal clear and can easily be overlooked next to the other things that happened close to the end.
I hated how both Cinderella and Snow White were portrayed like idiots. Cinderella because she endured being treated like a dog but, unlike Savannah, who ran away when things got heated, she didn't know she had a fairy godmother. And Snow White was portrayed like a dumb ass girl who couldn't even remember seven names. Alright, she did fall for the queen's trick more than once but come on this is a fairy tale! Do not try to look at it logically, or you'll go mad. Fairy tale retelellings are awesome and old fairy tale characters should not be portrayed as dumbasses. I might have taken this a little sensitively but fairy tales are fun and are part of our childhood, why should we mock them just because we've grown up?
The novel was really predictable, I doubt even one surprising thing happened. The scenes from the past were not half as well-made as they could have been and magical scenes were boring and lame. The whole "mystery" screamed OBVIOUS, I even suspected who the Black Knight was, which was supposed to be the biggest mystery. Also, I'd have liked if Savannah hadn't used her wishes in the first couple of pages when this is a book about them. But again, we've already known how her wishes are going to go wrong, thanks the blurb. Telling the main parts of the story in the blurb is never ever a good idea.
The romance lacked of chemistry, I don't think I've read this year about any couple who had so little chemistry. But again, this might be because I absolutely hated Tristan. Hunter too, by the way. I hate people like Tristan, people who think they are oh-so-clever but actually they are too dumb to function in real life. He did and said the dumbest things of all the characters, and that, my friend, is a huge thing because the others weren't the most intelligent folks either. Also, I hated how he constantly put down Savannah with his attitude, he might have said nice things to her but his actions are what count in the end. I just wanted to punch Tristan, and break a few bones in the process.
Jane seemed so nice at first sight but from Savannah's point of view she was everything I hate in a person, even if that person is the most intelligent human being who stepped foot on Earth. She looked down on her sister for not loving school and learning and I doubt she even tried to understand who Savannah's was.
Chrissy was maybe the only fun character, though I doubt anyone would let her be a fair(y) godmother. I found her character controversial. She seemingly couldn't care less about what happened to Savannah but there were signs that proved that she had a heart.
Overall, this novel was a total disappointment thanks to the plain characters, boring story and lack of chemistry.
Recommended for those who are looking for a predictable but somewhat fun novel about
Favorite character: -
Least favorite: Hunter, Tristan, Jane, the girls' parents, the royal family in the past
The story idea: 3/5
The realization of the story: 2/5
The characters: 2/5
The cover: 3/5
Enjoy factor: 2.5/5