52Under2: The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex by Rebekah Purdy

The book I am reviewing this week for 52Under2 is The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex by Rebekah Purdy. It is about 78000 words long and is available on Smashwords for $2.99.

Congratulations to Rebekah Purdy on the release of her novel.

When her Grandma retires from her job as Fairy Godmother, Maggie has to pick up the wand and make her arch-nemesis’ dreams come true.

This YA novel was pitch perfect. It ticked all the boxes. The plot was multi-stranded and hung together well. The writing was good. The characters were believable. The concept interesting.

So why am I only going to give it 4 out of 5? I guess because it just didn’t excite me. It was technically good, but nothing stood out to make it differentiate itself from any other YA-by-numbers. This isn’t a bad thing. There’s a lot of books out there in the YA market, and being a YA novel that doesn’t put a foot wrong is a good thing. Especially when many other YA novels I’ve read have been decidedly sub-par. For me this just lacked any sort of wow-factor.

A lot of the plot developments were fairly easy to see coming, almost from page one. The most interesting strand was the development of a friendship between Maggie and Katrina. After all the strong work at the beginning to make Katrina an unsympathetic character, bringing the reader around to liking her was dealt with at a measured pace and with a light touch.

It’s a good YA read that delivers exactly what you’d expect and despite my personal reservations I’d recommend it as enjoyable entertainment to anyone.

Overall, I’d give this book 4 out of 5.


On another note: I think I might be all YA’d out for a while. Next week’s book review will probably be in adult sci-fi or fantasy. (That’s adult as in not-YA, not adult as adult).