Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick


Armed with wings and a blue wand, being a fairy godmother should be easy. Unless your name is Ash, and you’re a dude.

Ash Summerland has it all–good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. When he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a “happy ever after”. But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father’s death, Kendall doesn’t want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn’t believe in happy endings.

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And now, the rating: I gave this book 4 stars.  I needed this book in my life after the heartbreak of the last book I read. I just picked this up because of the title. (yes, I am a title judger and a cover judger as well) And because I haven’t read a fairy tale in a while. The name really says it all. Its not like any fariy tale I have ever read. A very cute YA romance. I just kinda sunk right into it. I loved the school for magical creatures and how you had to apprentice to one to graduate. There were all manner of creatures. The Sandman, Master Time, Fairy Godmothers, Centaurs, those goat things (I think they are called satrys) It was rich in magic diversity.

Ash is a sterotypical teenage masculine personality. Pink was for girls and boys don’t talk about their feelings. They called other guys tools when they feel threatened and get protective of the ones they care about. He made me feel like a teenager again and I kinda liked it. I just wanna fold him up and stick him in my pocket and carry him around. I’m swear I’m not creepy. But as his character progressed in depth I really began to become invested in him. Not like a cutesy teenage way. He took me on a journey that changed him and I feel differnt for having known him. Again, I’m not creepy talking about fictional characters. I promise.

Kendall was a sweetheart. I liked her immediately. I know what its like to lose a parent albeit not as traumatically as she did. And she was reminded of it everyday which had to be hard. It was easy to identify with her. Although to be fair she was a bit wishy washy when it came to the guy she liked and she could have been a better friend to Tess. The flow was so easy-going and consistent, it was just so good.

Read it, its got a sweet twist at the end that I won’t go into. Just read it.

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