Welcome to my stop on the book blitz for I Put a Spell on You by Sarah Vance-Tompkins!
“Being a modern-day fairy godmother isn’t all ‘bibbidi bobbidi boo,’” the legendary Lilliana Willowbrook says. “It’s hard work, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We don’t handle cash, jewelry, real estate or revenge.”
AVIANA WILLOWBROOK had no idea that her mother is a living legend until the day the tattered old copy of “The Fairy Godmother’s Rulebook” arrived in the mail on her twenty-first birthday. Estranged from her mom, and living in Beverly Hills with her father, her stepmother and two super-achieving stepsisters, Aviana is unhappy and directionless.
Hotel heir NASH NOLAN isn’t content to use his family’s fortune, instead he’s used his computer knowledge to create a successful travel app. He’s not the kind of guy to wear his heart on his sleeve, Nash is immediately attracted to Aviana’s confidence and kindness.
But everything changes when novice fairy godmother Aviana is tasked with sparking a romance between Nash and her wicked stepsister. Will she use her powers to help Nash and her stepsister find their destiny, or will she use her pixie dust to find her own happily ever after?
SARAH VANCE-TOMPKINS received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. Prior to film school, she wrote and produced radio and television commercials. She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and a glaring of unruly cats.
I Put a Spell on You is a cute twist on the Cinderella story. There are still stepsisters, but what if the Cinderella-type character was the fairy godmother? Now, add in an additional twist where the fairy godmother’s first assignment is to create a happy ending for her stepsister with Prince Charming? It is a quirky take on the tale that was an entertaining and light-hearted read. Each chapter takes you through the 27 “rules” that all fairy godmothers must follow as the reader journeys along with our main character.
Aviana Willowbrook has a very unfortunate 21-st birthday. There are many events that do not go her way and she is left disappointed by the whole day. The only upside seems to be that she is transforming into a fairy godmother, complete with her own set of fairy wings. It is a complete shock to her at first, but over time she gets to learn what life as a fairy godmother really is like. Her main struggle is that one of the rules as a fairy godmother is that they create happily ever afters for others, but they do not get them for themselves. This is difficult for Aviana to accept as she dreams of a HEA with her own prince charming, real estate developer, Nash Nolan.
Aviana’s life before her transformation was a lonely one as she felt out of place when it came to her father, her step-mother, and her two step-sisters. Aviana works for the law firm belonging to her stepfamily as an assistant/paralegal. She comes from a lot of money on her father’s side and starts off as a slightly spoiled woman. Over time, she grows a lot and shows the more giving side of herself. She is very naïve at times and it was difficult to understand why she did not hash things out with her family years ago as some of the problems presented did not seem to be new ones. Instead, Aviana went along with everything and there are times where the step family seemed one way, but then would change to be another. The character dynamics were difficult to keep up with as I did not experience the growth between them as much as I would have preferred.
When Aviana visits her estranged mother, she discovers a whole new world of being a fairy godmother as her mother is a fairly famous one in the community. She has a chance encounter with Nash after wishing for him to be with her on her birthday and the two of them start to date, but it cannot last as fairy godmothers cannot reveal themselves to others. It was difficult to fully understand if it is solely magic that brought Nash around to noticing Aviana or if there was a backstory between them and he had some potential feelings for her before. He and Aviana were cute together and it was adorable reading about the two of them.
Aviana is a fun character that you want to root for as she tries her best to be a great fairy godmother. She has a lot of personal growth as she discovers her true self. She also gets to become closer to her mother and learn about her family, as well as, more information about the strain between her parents. In addition, Aviana is not only dealing with her new transformation, but there is a potential villain to defeat as something is not quite right in the fairy godmother world. For me, this story would have been fun to feature in a sequel novel as it felt like too much to compact in this novel. I would have taken this storyline out of this novel and focused more on just Aviana’s transformation and her love life dilemma. It is just my preference as I did enjoy both of these storylines separately.
Overall, this is a fun and light-hearted book that I actually read in a single sitting. It is a fun insight into the world of fairy godmothers and the rules that they have to follow. This novel has a ton of potential and would make a great series where the details can be further developed and explored in more depth. Aviana’s character grows a lot and the friendships are a really nice addition to the story. It is a very light-hearted and entertaining read that is great for those that want to read a story featuring the fairy godmother getting a happy ending.
**I give a special thank you to Giselle with Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to participate via Netgalley with this entertaining novel from the publisher, Inkspell Publishing. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**
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