Not Your Average Fairy Tale
Crescent Moon Press
August 1st 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal
Whimisical. Light and frivolous.
Ash doesn't ring true to my idea of a guy. He is explained as a typical stud. The kind of guy that gets everything without much effort. But Ash is anything but typical. Sure he has the stats but when it comes to his character voice and process of thinking he isn't very masculine. He sounds more like a woman's thoughts and words laid over a studly character. It really got in the way of his character taking on a life of his own. Instead of getting lost in a great story I was reminded at every turn that this was a fictional story being told by a lady author.
There are so many weird things going on in these pages. One is a mystical folder that contains everything a fairy godmother would need to know about their assignment. Where does all this information come from? Does it just appear out of the ether or did some fairy have to go and observe the assignment to collect it all? One of the life altering facts contained in this folder is that: "You don't like sitting on the grass. You think it's gross." I am not really sure how that particular fact would help a fairy godmother get to know their assignment or be able to determine how to grant their happily ever after.
Yet with this all knowing folder Ash is still sent off to observe his assignment. Why would that be necessary if you know everything? Why bother having the folder if it isn't going to help?
Aside from Ash at times being a bit odd in the loft the story isn't too bad. It is very cutesy and light. The other characters are just fine. Also, the dialog, while not super funny, will make you crack a few smiles.
The ending of the book is both predictable and scripted but then suddenly rather serious. As the pages near the end we are given a glimpse of more to come in this bizarre tale. The entire book was so lighthearted and the drastic change to dark and ominous is a little jarring. There are so many things thrown in here or there. A hodge podge of fairy stories.