Everybody knows the Cinderella story, but no one knows the lie. There never was a fairy godmother, just Primrose Goodwing: a pixie whose magic always comes undone at midnight. Prim has just become the only Goodwing—ever—to fail her fairy godmother test. But she’s not ready to give up her wand yet.
Trading her wings to smuggle herself into the Mortal Vale, Prim dreams of proving her worth by whipping up a happily-ever-after for a human venture in the quaint kingdom of Lindonberg. Too bad Ember, the headstrong girl she picks, has her own ideas about happy endings that don’t involve the traditional castle and crown. Worse, Prim finds her heart torn by the wily shape shifter Calico, a descendant of Puss n’ Boots who hides a dark secret behind his spite for humans.
All Prim’s schemes unravel when she discovers that “perfect” little Lindonberg is entangled in a web of intrigue and spells that threatens to annihilate every kingdom in the Mortal Vale. Will her first fairy tale become her last? Discover the true tale of the pixie behind the girl with the glass slippers!
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Book Review Highlights:
“An intriguing plot, an enchanting world—and great fun for the reader. The plot may take the Cinderella story for its inspiration, but the wonderful characters, ingenious plot and unfailing writing style make for a more layered, evocative and entertaining story than the original tale ever achieved . . . Readers of all ages will come to love Primrose Goodwing, the would-be fairy godmother, and the magical world she lives in.” –Author Dean Hughes
"This is yet another author taught by Brandon Sanderson who really caught the vision of how to make an interesting, workable, and clearly-defined magic system. It is consistent, and it required very little direct explanation for the reader to understand. Page wove it well into the story." –MySF Reviews
"An often surprising, always magical romp through a fairytale you wish would never end. With an incredible opening containing just the right amount of intrigue and despair to hold a reader fast, S.E. Page sets the pace and introduces the world of Iffy Magic in one deft move."- 5 Star Review from Readers' Favorite
"I recommend this book to fairytale fans, especially those that love a good unicorn!" -Whispering Stories
"Fun characters, action, humor and mystery abound in this unique fairy tale. I hesitate to call it a retelling of Cinderella, because it's a completely new take with brilliant twists and turns." –Author Johan Twiss
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About the Author
S.E. Page is a YA fantasy writer. As a child she dearly wished her first initial stood for something adventurous and dashing like Seraphina or Sapphira, but she has grown comfortable with being a Sarah. To get first dibs on her story secrets, visit iffymagic.com!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love a fairytale retelling and this one didn’t disappoint. This is a very original rethink of Cinderella, where Primrose the renegade pixie has taken it upon herself to be a young woman’s fairy godmother without the necessary qualifications or magic. The creativity of this story is what set it apart from other retellings; it was different enough from the Cinderella story that we all know that it wasn’t boring or predictable, it looked more closely at the magical elements that control the story and the rules behind them. It also took a step back from the romance and kept at least one foot firmly planted in the realm of common sense, which was especially good! That said, the writing style didn’t really do anything for me – events unfolded very slowly and didn’t pack as much of a punch as I would have liked. I wasn’t really able to connect with any of the characters either, which I find always detracts from my enjoyment of a story. I think this is a book better suited to people who enjoy a slow burn with their fairytales and some internal monologue of the characters. My favourite character in this book would have to be Ember (can you guess who she represents in the Cinderella world?!), she’s quite happily to deal with things on her own without any magical assistance, and has far loftier priorities in her life than marrying a prince. I recommend this book to fairytale fans, especially those that love a good unicorn! This book is more about the adventure and the magic than the complexity of characters so if those are things that you love in books, you will adore this magical tale.
I was immediately engrossed in Page's characters and setting. An amazing tale with humor, drama, action, great dialog and moral soul-searching. So much more than you're average good-against-evil fantasy novel. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and can't wait for more adventures with Prim & Calico.