Saturday, July 14, 2012

Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Henley Babb

Maven's new dream job—fairy godmother—presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn't giving her the facts—and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll?

When I saw the title of this book, I thought this book would be about a Jewish mother type (no offense—we have them, too) who was used to interfering in other people’s lives and somehow became a fairy godmother.  I didn’t expect Maven to be an out-of-work teacher living in her car who wasn’t quite sure what she was doing when she was recruited to save both Faery and Mundane.  It made the book even more fun than I expected.  Maven stumbles through the book never quite sure what she’s doing, but following her gut and her “Bump of Direction” with help from a hissy, disturbing familiar.  Or is it help?  Maybe.

In her bio at the back of the book, Ms. Babb quotes Lazarus Long, a character created by Robert A. Heinlein:  “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”  Here, here!  While I don’t exactly see the Old Man in fae, he did admire good writing and this is good writing.  So you need to read this book at least twice.  She also cited Terry Pratchett as a favorite author.  To that, I say—Granny Weatherwax would have a good cackle over this one.  And so will you.

Length:  279 Pages
Price:  $5.95

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by author, “to review,” etc., and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. Maven sounds like my kind of girl! Gotta check her out!

  2. By all means--these fractured faery tales are must reads!

  3. Love Terry Pratchett, so the Granny Weatherwax comment is high praise indeed. Sounds like my kind of book.

  4. It is definitely a great read. I loved it.