Friday 1 January 2010

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story

Title: Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Publisher: Headline Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 2/5

Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings-the only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming.

But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong. Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise. For her unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans, far from her fairy sisters and their magical underwater world. But then one day she meets Veronica, a young, fair-skinned, flame-haired East Village beauty with a love of all things vintage and a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she's been given a chance at redemption. If she can find a soul mate for Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so deeply longs for. . . .

I didn't know what to rate this book. The cover would suggest a super fun fairytale. It is not as advertised. The beginning and middle lead you to believe the 'real' Cinderella Story would come forth and that it will be something romantic and magical. Nope. Not in this story. It was well written up until the ending. The plot wasn't going where I felt it should, and I do not agree with Cinderella slitting her wrists with her glass slipper. Um...not what should be in a fairytale...of ANY sort. I hated the ending. No I didn't just tell you the ending. You'll see. It was a weird and confusing ending. I am not sure what really happened and which world was real. I didn't like the ending at all. I enjoyed the book up until I was about 3/4 of the way through and the storyline was just twisting and turning where it shouldn't have gone. It was a more depressing book than a fairytale. I read to escape. Not to read about someone's problems.

" I stared at myself mesmerized. I had never looked at myself this way, in human form - I had only seen myself out of the corner of my eye, on the surface of a lake or in the sheen of ice clinging to bark. We were not supposed to see ourselves like this."


  1. Ooo I remember strongly disliking this one too! Great review though!

    Happy New Year :)

  2. At first look I thought this sounded ace. Then I read your review and thought whoa, this is so not what I thought it would be. Not going to be adding this to my wish list. Thanks for the honest review Mary. The cover is seriously deceptive.

  3. I remember seeing this book a bit ago and thinking it looked great, but then I read a bit more about it and was very hesitant. Thanks for taking away that last bit of doubt about this one!

  4. That cover and the story do not match at all. The story sounds much darker. Too bad the premise didn't deliver in the end.


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