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Not Your Average Fairy Tale

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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. but 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- aka t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Crescent Moon Press (first published July 30th 2012)
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: From the author
4.5 stars

Ash Summerland is pumped! Soon he'll be graduating at the top of his class after all his hard work at the academy, he's finally going to get his just reward by earning himself the dream apprentice job he's always wanted. So when he opens his golden letter from The Magical Being Academy and sees that he's working for Lady Shenelle he's thinking that there has to be some mistake or quite possibly a joke. A Fairy Godmother? But...he's a dude! There has never been a male fairy godmother in
I really liked this one. I was quickly pulled into the story and had a hard time setting it down. I thought it was well written with a fun plot and likable characters. Kendall was likable and easy to relate to. She had been in an accident a few months prior to the story starting, which changed her life forever. She’s still struggling with what happened and is a bit skeptical when Ash shows up claiming to be her fairy godmother. Ash was also really likable. He is frustrated to be a fairy godmothe ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read it, loved it! So glad to be related to the author!
Katie W
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this book was a surprise! I never would have thought to have a male fairy godmother, and I'm sure Ash thought the same thing. Ha!! I thought this was a very original take on a fantasy/fairy tale type story.

Ash seemed to be the type of person who really has everything fall right into his lap. He works hard and therefore, gets what he wants out of life. I really connected with him and liked his character. When he gets this surprise assignment, he tries really hard to make the best of
Cindy Hale
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Chantele Sedgwick created a well-crafted world full of magic and secrets that I would love to learn more about. Her writing style was very readable, and felt like I was listening to my friends sitting with me telling me their story.

Kendall: My heart really went out to her. Near the end of the book she has this dream. I won't say what it was about because I don't want to ruin anything, but it was so well written, I felt myself understanding just a little bit of how horrible it would feel to be i
Kathy Jo
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved... Loved... Loved Not Your Average Fairy Tale! I had a hard time putting it down when it came to sleeping and working! Ash and Kendall are amazing! I loved the way they would banter back and forth and caught myself chuckling quite often because of it. I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this book! I can add yet another author to my favorites list, which is always a plus! Can't wait for the next book to come out! :o)
Valerie Waters
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lendable-ebooks
This book was AWESOME!!! LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!! I had 20% left and had the missionaries coming over for dinner....I have to admit. I read WHILE I was cooking!! It was just one of those books, I couldn't put it down I love that it was about a boy. Ash was so totally awesome!! I loved that there wasn't much of a love triangle!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of appalled that this book has an average of 4 stars! People need to read better books! This book made me angry because the concept and plot could have been so good but the writing absolutely failed it. I've never felt so annoyed at an author's writing style before. As I was reading this, I was reminded of a story my sister and her friend wrote when they were 9 years old. The jokes were as juvenile, and the characters in a 9 year old's story had more depth and development than the ones ...more
Jenni (thebookbonnet)
To start off let me say that friends and family of authors need to learn that they do the author no favors by reviewing their book then saying in the review they they are related to or know the writer. It makes the entire review worthless, and to be honest I was more than a little turned off. Basically we as readers are left thinking how good can this book be is half the 5 star reviews are from the authors on family? Oh, your grandma likes it? Umm... of course she does!

However, I decided to give
Katie O'Sullivan
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
What a fun book!

Who would have pictured a fairy godmother as a cute teenaged boy? Certainly not Ash Summerland, who's pretty annoyed that his last school assignment at the Academy for Magical Beings is an apprenticeship to the head fairy godmother. The first boy ever to get stuck granting wishes and happily ever afters, while his class rival gets the job he most wanted, apprenticed to the Sandman.

Fast-paced and fun, the point-of-view alternates by chapter between Ash Summerland and Kendall, the
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really needed a book like this. It was so fun to read and so refreshing. I love the fact that this book was from both the female lead character(Kendall) and the male lead(Ash). I love it when I know what the guy is thinking.

This book had it all. It was funny, romantic, suspenseful and did I mention chuckle out loud funny? It really was. I was so happy that I read this one. For some reason the idea of a guy being a "fairy God Mother" turned me off. But, as you read it you totally get into the
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful, young adult romance with characters that you will love. Although you see both perspectives, it almost seems as if Ash is the main character - a new twist for most romances. Both he and Kendall are well developed characters that actually act like teenagers. A well developed plot actually gave me a few surprises along the way and made me anxious to turn every page. The romance is fun and has the kind of toe-curling that makes us all pick up a good young adult book now and aga ...more
Jolene Perry
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so many kinds of fun that it's hard to count.

Great guy who gets bumped down a notch or two... or ten.

Fab girl - great mix of serious emotion, snark and sweet.

This was a fun love story, paired with a very cool paranormal/mystery element and even though I've been looking forward to reading it forever, and had built it way up, it was still THAT GOOD.

My daughter can't wait to get her hands on a "real" copy.
Super cute! I thought it was original and fun.
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Ash Summerland is a student at The Academy of Magical Beings and as his last assignment, in order to graduate, he has to become a fairy godmother and grant three wishes and a “happy ever after” to a human girl named Kendall. Ash is eager to get the assignment over with so that he can finally fulfill his dream to become a sandman. There is only one problem: Kendall doesn't believe a word he says and, more importantly, she doesn't believe in happy endings.

The story is written in the alternating p
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book so much, it was a fun and light read that I enjoyed every second of. It had light and fun romance mixed in with a paranormal and magical aspect that melded so well together to great the perfect story.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book was that you got multiple narration through each chapter. With one chapter from the main character of Ash, the fairy godmother and Kendall, his assignment. I really loved getting to read the story from both charac
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Don't you love it when you sit down to read a book and find you're pleasantly surprised with what you read? Not Your Average Fairy Tale lives up to it's name and is definitely not your normal fairytale. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the spin that Chantele gave the Fairy Godmother. Not only is this story's Fairy Godmother a guy (yep, a guy as a Fairy Godmother, it's fabulous!), he's a smart, a hotty and a student to boot. I'm thinking many readers wouldn't complain over As ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ash Summerland knows that he's got it made! He's a handsome guy going to school at The Academy of Magical Beings, and did I mention that he's also at the top of his class. He just knows that he will get to Apprentice Master Night and be a Sandman, just like he's always wanted. But things go horribly wrong when he opens the envelope containing his letter from the Council about his apprenticeship. Instead of being able to be an apprentice for the Sandman, he's going to be an apprentice for Lady Sh ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so flippin' cute! I mean, just look at the cover! It's a guy fairy godmother. With wings. How can you not love that? Don't ask me, because I have no idea. Plus both of the main characters are sarcastic. I love me some sarcasm.

Ash is top of his class and he wants to be a sandman when he grows up. So he expects it to be a shoe in for him. Imagine his surprise and anger when he didn't get assigned to the sandman for his apprenticeship, but rather he was put on fairy godmother duty. It
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin to talk about this book? First of all, I'm VERY anxious for the sequel... Let's just get that part out of the way!

Ash Summerland has it all - he's handsome, smart, top of his class, and ready to start his final assignment of his senior year at his school for magical beings, his apprenticeship. To his surprise, he's not apprenticed to the Sandman, but to the head Fairy Godmother. There's NEVER been a male fairy godmother before and Ash is more than a little put out. His assignmen
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't even know how to convey how much fun this was to read. It has all the great elements I look for in a book.

A great girl with a little bit of an attitude, a little bit broken but still has room left in her to love and be loved.

A hot guy with an attitude to match, not the bad boy I love but does have a naughty side and who also has a heart of gold just waiting to come out.

A fun paranormal side, an emotional side, a nice sweet romance, humor bad guys, and oh yeah, did I mention fun?

This rea
Tobi Summers
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
The very first thing that struck me about this book was what a cool concept it was. A fairy godmother who was not just a boy, but also a student? And a reluctant fairy at that? Awesome. I loved the characters, especially Ash and Kendall. They were realistic without trying too hard, and they had great chemistry together. I found myself rooting for their relationship the whole time.

The book moved at a pretty good pace, though there were a few times it dragged a little in the middle. Then, with abo
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so FUN! I loved it! It is a fast read because it is a PAGE TURNER and is hard to put down! The writing went back and forth between the two main characters and each chapter left me wanting for more (which is why I stayed up WAY too late reading it). This book was so creative and the storyline was very believable for a magical fantasy. The main character (the begrudging fairy "godsmother" Ash) was hilarious in his reluctance to accept his assignment as the first male fairy godmother. ...more
Christina Tarbet
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to other readers. I don't normally read books about fairies and other paranormal creatures but this book wasn't strange or weird. It was a fun and entertaining read. Chantele pulls you quickly into the storyline. The characters are great! They are fun and realistic, minus the magic of course. Ash is sent to grant Kendall 3 wishes and he thinks it will be quick and easy. . . What would you wish for if you had 3 wishes? Kendall takes her ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I had a little bit of a hard time deciding between 4 stars or 5. I found myself forgetting which character was 1st person, because it alternates between the two main characters. Other than that, it was a fun, quick read that kept me interested, so 5 stars it is! The unique story line of a teenage boy who is a fairy godmother definitely pulled me in and it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the love story, the dynamics of the characters, and can't wait for the sequel!
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fairy-tale
This one's not your average fairy tale. I can't stop reading. I finished reading it in less than 8 hrs. It's what you get when you have a story with a guy as a fairy godmother and a heroine who doesn't believe in HEA. I love the characters,Ash and Kendall. I really love their chemistry and I had so much fun reading about them. I totally love the twist at the end. Never see it coming. Im looking forward to the sequel. This one is my new favorite!
Lenore Kosinski
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars -- LOVED IT! It was different and refreshing...the characters developed feelings for each along the way instead of insta-love (which I don't mind, but it's nice to have a balance). And the paranormal world was well-built and interesting! I especially love that the ending wasn't a cliffhanger, but a solid ending with just a teaser of what would come with later books in the series. So I get to have that happy sigh, even knowing that things aren't over. :)
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is just fantastic! The concept of a male fairy Godmother appealed to me, but once I started reading, there were so many other brilliant things about the story. Dax is the perfect antagonist - he scared the living daylights out of me with his gold eyes and creepy voice. And I fell in love with Ash almost immediately! Brilliant book - definitely worth checking out!
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read. It's about really getting to know a person and I'd highly recommend it for guys and girls. Girls, because they'll love the fairy tale aspect and they can see how a REAL man treats a woman and guys, so they can learn how to treat a woman. It's really a sweet love story with a very wicked twist.
J.A. Bennett
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Chantele has shed new light on the fairy tale world. Adventure, romance, and stubborn teenage boys all exists in the same place as fairy godmothers. A light hearted page turner, Not Your Average Fairy Tale delivers all it promises and more.
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Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one and stay-at-home mom to four. She loves happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by her book shelves, buys way too many books.

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