Author: Chantele Sedgwick
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Not Your Average Fairytale" from Amazon - Ash Summerland has it all–good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. When he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after". But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, Kendall doesn't want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.
Ash is in disbelief - he is the first male fairy-godmother. Ever, like ever ever. Complete with wings and a pink wand, which doesn't stay pink for long. To say he's irritated would be an understatement. He's stuck working with Kendall, a girl who doesn't believe in happily ever after. An accident changed her life and she's stuck in a game of blame with herself, not wanting to move on. Ash has an enormous challenge ahead of him. The story is full of hilarious anecdotes and conversations between Kendall and Ash! It's definitely a page-turner and an easy read!
Romantic Element: The relationship between Ash and Kendall starts out quite rough. He appears to her, claiming he can grant her three wishes. Sounds like a bad pick-up line to me! It takes a little convincing her to believe he's a fairy. Neither seem to get along, but as they start to realize they have things in common, both become a little less stubborn. I admit, I have a book-crush on Ash - he's protective and has pretty wings! I love the developments between the two! It isn't perfect; it's messy like romance is supposed to be.
Overall: Not Your Average Fairytale is a wonderful book for all ages! It is very enjoyable! The descriptions of the characters are perfect and there's an air of magic the reader wishes for themselves. I found myself wanting to check my bedroom for Ash and his wings. Also, Sam. He's a pretty adorable character. This fantasy novel comes to life on the pages and finds home in your imagination! I love the set-up for a sequel, complete with an enticing twist. You won't regret reading this book!
I highly recommend this book to others!