ISBN-13: 9780307407993
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Published: March 2009

I am sure everyone have read or heard the story about Cinderella for the umpteenth times, but have you ever wondered about the fairy godmother and what she thinks or feels about her responsibility to Cinderella?

In Godmother, that fairy godmother is named Lil. But instead of getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with the Prince, she did something unthinkable and unforgivable: she began to feel the emotions of human beings and allow herself to be fallen in love with the Prince! For this deed, she is to leave her fairy sisters and friends, banished from her magical underwater world and have to live her life among humans (though her white feathery wings are still existing and are tucked and bound behind her back).

Fast forward to the modern day in Manhattan, Lil is an old woman and now her life revolves around a bookstore which she is working at. She has not many friends except George, who is the bookstore owner. Then one day, she meets Veronica, a cheerful and bubbly young lady when she stepped into the bookstore and handed her some books to sell. Lil felt connected to her, and she was sure Veronica must have sent to her for a purpose. Feeling exhilarated over the aspect of another chance for redemption, she decided to matchmake Veronica and George. But will Veronica and George fall in love with each other? After all, Veronica claimed she has been burned by love so many times so would she dare to take the chance, again?

I have to admit I am a sucker for any fairy tale retellings, which is why I have to read this book as soon as I bought it last week. I have always enjoyed reading Cinderella's story, right when I was a young girl and now my daughter seemed to have follow my steps too. Anyway, Godmother is a refreshing tale told from the fairy godmother's POV. Though there is a magical feel in this story, there is nothing fluffy about it as there are some dark elements (such as abusive punishment and suicide) so it might not seem appropriate for young children.

I love reading all the characters in this story, and I felt a terrible ache for Lil and Veronica as well. Another thing I liked is how the story alternates between the past and the present so the readers would get a glimpse of Lil's inner world and what had actually happened between then and now.

I have just checked Carolyn Turgeon's website and understand she is currently writing her third novel, which is a retelling of the mermaid story. You can bet I am going to get that book too once it is released in the near future!

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Booking Mama
Stephanie's Written Word
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27 Responses
  1. JessicaLeigh Says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I've yet to pick it up, as it was put on my TBR list just recently. But I've been really excited about reading it lately! Maybe I'll move it up a bit?

    The cover definitely leads you to believe it would be a fitting book for a child, but I guess that's not the case. In a way, that might be a good thing!

    Thanks for your review, Melody! :)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I've wanted to read more light books lately, and I always like revised fairy tales, so this book looks really good. Nice review :)


  3. Melody Says:

    Jessica - Yes, you should move this book up your list! ;)

    Book covers can be deceiving, aren't they? I ordered this book online so I'm not sure of the category and where it'd be placed in bookstores though... but then, I love this cover, it's beautiful.

    Kim - Thanks! I hope you'll enjoy this book if you get to it. :)

  4. Oh my goodness! This sounds wonderful, Melody! I love the idea of reading a story about Cinderella's fairy godmother. I must add this one to my wish list.

  5. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I love it! This is the type of creativity that is so much fun to read. It might be a nice side trip from the darker material I read!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I am soooo jealous, no wait jealous is a bad word. I am so happy that you have this book and got the chance to read it :)

    I LOVE books with anything fairy tales and I've been wanting this book for a long time. Glad you liked it.

  7. Julie P. Says:

    I now consider myself a big fan of Ms. Turgeon too. I have her first novel and intend to read everything she writes!

  8. Alice Says:

    Great review, Melody! I'm a sucker for this type of stories too so it's going into my wish list! :D

  9. Beth F Says:

    Great review. This one has been on my wish list, you may have pushed me into buying it!

  10. Iliana Says:

    This sounds so good! I'm a sucker for any novel that revolves around a bookstore setting.

  11. Ana S. Says:

    I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings as well, and all the reviews I've read are making me really, really want to read this. Plus, like Iliana said, bookstores! No way it won't be a winner :P

  12. Julia Says:

    Sound like an awesome book! Nice to hear you enjoy it :)

    Great review!

  13. S. Krishna Says:

    Great review. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, it's on my shelf to read.

  14. Kailana Says:

    I REALLY need to find time to read this!

  15. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Everyone's going crazy over this story! I really am looking forward to reading it as I'm "a sucker for any fairy tale retellings" too.

  16. The Bookworm Says:

    sounds great! I need to add this to my TBR.
    great review ;)

  17. I love fairytale retellings as well. Actually, this reminds me that I have Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister on my shelf!

  18. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I hope you'll enjoy it if you get to it! This is one of the best fairy tales I read this year. :)

    Sandy - I had so much fun reading this book! I wonder when's her new book will be out next?

    Violet - Don't be jealous, just read it! LOL.

    Julie - This is my first book by this author but definitely not my last! :D

    Alice - Thanks! I'm glad you're adding this book to your wishlist! :D

    Beth - Go buy it! What're you waiting for? :P

    Iliana - Count me in too, hehe.

    Nymeth - To me, it's always a winner when it comes to fairy tales and a bookstore setting! ;)

    Julia - Thanks! I hope you'll read it. There's some romance in it so I'm sure you'll enjoy it. ;)

    Swapna - Thanks! I loved this book!

    Kailana - I can't wait to read your review if you get to it!

    Jen - It's a great story! So unique and refreshing. I'm sure you'll like this book as well.

    Naida - I'm glad to see another book adding to your wishlist, hehe.

    Trish - Ooh, another book recommendation! I've to check out on that one, thank you! :D

  19. Darlene Says:

    Great review Melody~glad you liked it. I'd like to read this one. I love fairy tales and Cinderella has always been a favorite. I've got this one on my wishlist.

  20. Melody Says:

    Dar - Thanks! :) I'm glad you've this book on your wishlist!

  21. Debi Says:

    Ooooh...this sounds wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Thanks, Melody! Straight to the wish list for this one. :)

  22. Melody Says:

    Debi - You're always welcome! :D I'm glad to see you're adding this book to your wishlist! I can't wait to hear what you think after you've read it!

  23. Anonymous Says:

    This seems to be everywhere in the blogging world at the moment. It looks like just my sort of book as like you I am a sucker for fairy tale re-tellings.

  24. Stephanie Says:

    Glad you liked it! I too read it as soon as I got it home - I couldn't resist.

  25. Melody Says:

    Rhinoa - I think you might enjoy this one, Rhinoa! :)

    Stephanie - I'm now looking forward to Carolyn's next release! I understand she's currently writing a story on mermaid.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    while a good book - it definitely is not a "light" read as many indicated and is very dark and the ending is very ambivilent.

  27. Ooooh cool! That sounds excellent. *adds to TBR list* Thanks for the interesting/helpful review!

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