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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: GODMOTHER by Carolyn Turgeon

For the last few months, I've been doing this thing on my youtube channel called Stack Of Five, where I showcase five books, read a little excerpt of them, and then viewers vote on which one they want me to do a video review of. When I was gearing up for FTF, I did a couple of fairy tale So5's, and Carolyn Turgeon's Godmother was the winner of the first round.

Check out what I thought of this quirky magical realist gem, and if you've read it or want to, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
Magical Realism/Fairy Tale Retelling,288 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Broadway
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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. . . .

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  1. I read this one when it came out in '09. After re reading my review now, I realize I don't remember much of anything about it! What I do recall is that it was very unexpected and a very different twist. I did like it but I found it to be kind of sad as a whole. I have Turgeon's MERMAID in my list and I see she has a new one, THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL, due out in August as well.

  2. I love the vlog format! I added Godmother to my TBR earlier this week when you or Bonnie mentioned it in another post & immediately requested it through my library's interlibrary loan ~ lucky me, I get to pick it up today! Great review, Misty. I can't wait to dig into this book. :)


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