Review: The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex by Rebekah L. Purdy

Cinderella Complex by Rebekah L. Purdy
Series: The Fairy Godmother Files (# 1)
Release Date: March 19, 2012
Publisher:  Asrtaea Press
Pages: 235
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher

Sixteen-year-old Maggie Winters can’t think of anything more exciting than junior year. There’s her first prom to look forward to, she can drive, and most important Connor Prince has finally noticed her. But unfortunately so has the school snob, Katrina Melville, who goes out of her way to make Maggie’s life a living hell. If that’s not enough, Maggie’s grandma has decided to retire, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she’s next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.

At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that let’s her grant wishes. It’s like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn’t make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina’s happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can’t tell her two best friends about any of it and they’re getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn’t all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more.


Review: This was one of the most well-written and funniest young adult novels I’ve read. Ms. Purdy sure knows how to pull you in page after page until the next thing you know, it’s 5AM and you have to get your teenage kids up for school in two hours…might as well finish reading!

Maggie is a great female protagonist with an amazing supporting group of characters surrounding her. She’s charming, vulnerable, witty, humorous…I laughed my way throughout almost the whole book.

I couldn’t believe it when I read that there are over 200 pages in this book – I read it in about 6 hours! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes YA and a new twist on fairy tales. I can’t wait to for the second book to come out so that I can find out what happens with Maggie.

Favorite Quote:Then maybe I’d fly into the grill of a semi-truck or a hunter might shoot me out of the sky, thinking I was a big duck or something. And they’d stuff me like a turduken – only I’d be a turMaggen. Yeah, not a great visual.






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