Wednesday, November 14, 2012

~Review: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil~

 Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
 Charlotte Henley Babb
Publication Date:  March 30, 2012
Muse It Up Publishing

Maven's new dream job--fairy godmother--presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn't giving her the facts--and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll?
A Handsome Prince (Excerpt from Maven Fairy Godmother)
As she entered the Twilight Lounge, Maven transformed into Biker Trash leather, complete with a tattoo on her shoulder—“Trolls need love too.” The handle of her wand peeked out of the calf of her right boot.
At the bar, Maven straddled a black fatboy motorcycle that rose to the occasion. She didn't question how the Twilight Lounge knew what a motorcycle was.
Belle handed Maven a mug of some golden, frothy liquid without comment on her persona.
“What I wouldn't do for a beer,” Maven sighed after knocking back the mug's contents. She hoped it wasn't hemlock. Belle did not seem pleased to see her. “What good is it to work in a place where you grant wishes for a living, but you can't get a beer when the job is done?”
“This is Faery, not Heaven,” Belle said, slapping the bar with her polishing rag.
Maven leaned back on her buddy bar and propped her boots on the gas tank. She fished her wand from her boot and held it to her ear to listen for the stories from her clients. She could not get a clear signal.
“Is this seat taken?” A Handsome Prince stood beside Maven. He smiled, sure of himself from his raven coiffure to his velvet-clad tush.
Maven looked up at him, a bit disoriented. “No. Take it.”She pulled herself back together, remembered where she was and how she looked. Whoever or whatever it was taking her away from Vivienne and Daisy, it was not a prince. “Take it somewhere else.”
She sat up and swung her leg over the bike facing away from him. She held the wand to focus back on Vivienne, but now the picture was unclear. The impostor prince blocked the signal.
“You must not be from around here,” The Prince said. “I have never seen anyone like you before.” He sat on a gilded throne.
“Just imaginative,” Maven said. Next time she'd be a harpy or a warthog. She didn't know how close it was to midnight. She didn't have lot of experience being hit on in bars in Mundane, especially not by enchanted un-Princes. “I am just learning how to turn people into frogs.” Maven smiled, but not sweetly. She aimed her wand pointedly. “Would you like to be my first attempt?”
The Prince transformed himself into a large slimy Frog with golden eyes, perched on a lily pad. “So, you like amphibians?”
“I'm all out of wart repellent.” Maven slid off the Harley and strode out of the Twilight Lounge, not stopping to change her garb. Maybe the short walk would let her think in peace.

About The Author:


Charlotte Henley Babb is a web designer and college writing instructor in Spartanburg, SC. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.
Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.
When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.
She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours.Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood?
Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

My Review:  I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars
Who does not love a good fairy tale?  No matter how old we may get, we all wish for princes and happily ever after.  What happens when we don't always get everything we wish for?  Enter Maven; a middle-age mundane who is down on her luck and down to her last cup of coffee.  Relying solely on luck,  her "Bump"(intuition), and her last gallon of gas, Maven arrives at a job interview.  
Maven gets the chance of her lifetime.  The chance to be a fairy godmother and decide whether to grant other peoples wishes.  It all sounds too good to be true.  Mentored by the temperamental Fiona and trained with the unusual Tulip, Maven may be getting more than she bargains for.
What happens to Maven when she grants her first wish?  Can she stay out of trouble or is the fun just beginning.  Read this book if you want to learn about magical, mystical creatures.  Go to the Twilight Lounge where you can have a drink with a troll or dragon.  Transform yourself into any fairy tale character you wish. 
There are lots of characters to keep up with in this wonderful book.  Read carefully so you won't miss anything.  Charlotte really has a incredible imagination.  I would recommend this book to anyone who believes in fairy tales.  Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
Special thank you to Charlotte Henley Babb and ABG Reads Book Tours for gifting me this ebook for a fair and honest review.


  1. Thanks for your review and for hosting me on the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed Maven. Is there a fairy tales you'd particularly like to see fractured?

  2. Thank you for being a part of the tour! :)

  3. Great review! Too many times, I hear from authors who get reviews where the reviewer knew so little about the story that it was obvious he or she never bothered to read the book. It's obvious that you read this one! Awesome! Well done!

  4. Sounds like an interesting book!