Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
Book: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
Published: March 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Note: This book was received in exchange for an honest review.
Maven is a down-on-her-luck middle aged woman. With her resources depleted and no job prospects on the horizon, she uses her last bit of gas to get to a long-shot job interview. She finds herself accepting a job as a fairy godmother in-training. However, the job is not as glamorous as it first appeared. Her new boss is withholding information, possibly trying to kill her. Faery is in trouble with the veil between her world and the world of magic collapsing.
Princesses, dairymaids, among others are now Maven’s clients. She must learn to see each story and grant wishes appropriately. With two worlds on the verge of colliding, it becomes more important than ever that she finds out what that means.
This was a hard book to review. Let me start with the positive. Charlotte Henley Babb has taken a refreshing twist on and old Fairy Tale line, the Fairy Godmother. Most old tales have the fairy godmother as a supporting character. In Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, the fairy godmother becomes a protagonist in her own right. Maven, Fairy Godmother in-training, is a sympathetic figure. She uses spunk and imagination to overcome her challenges, despite her superior’s disapproval. The plot line holds together, and the dialog is believable.
So what is the red in the minus column that holds the story back? The editing leaves much to be desired. Otherwise great dialog is rendered confusing by a conspicuous lack of quotation marks. Apostrophes are also missing. This has the effect of slowing the reader down as they try to figure out whether someone is actually talking. There are missing words as well, as well as words run together. The end result is a story with a lot of promise but requiring a bit more editing.