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Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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?
ebook, 279 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing
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Conda Douglas
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Maven Fairy Godmother is a fabulous, fun read. This is the kind of incredibly imaginative fantasy that I adore. A lip-smacker of an afternoon read, sit down with a big cup of tea (or if you're like Maven, coffee) and some fabulous chocolate and enjoy.

Maven is a Mundane with a truly middle-aged mundane life. That is until she gets thrust into the world of fairy. There, the magical problems pile up, but Maven never falters--or rather never falters for long. She reminds me of my favorite teacher i
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love any book that restores my faith in fairy tales. And I loved Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil for that reason (among many other reasons on top of that). Immediately, I related to the main character Maven, a middle aged lady who has been struggling with not only having no job, but having nearly no life. When we meet her, she lives in an old van and barely has enough money to scrounge together a cup of coffee.

And can I gush for a moment? When Maven enters the library to use the public
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: miu_authors
Maven isn't having much luck with life. Matter of fact, things suck. She's broke, out of gas, and at the end of her rope. But she tries for one more job and, after the weirdest interview ever, is hired to be...a fairy godmother? In training, of course.

Taken in Faery, she's given a wand, wings, and a bit of gossamer to adjust as needed into clothing. She finds out that her interview wasn't just the virtual reality she assumed it was, but a real experience of wish granting for Ashleigh (the cinder
Ken Magee
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by this story right from the first page. Very early on you are tickled by Charlotte Babb's irreverent turn of phrase... 'Mom was right, bless her little dead heart'. She writes beautifully and tells this modern fairy tale with a style which draws you in more and more as you progress through the book.

Maven, the Fairy Godmother to be, is an older lady with a lot of obstacles to overcome. She is not your typical heroine, but her indomitable spirit shines through. It is heart-warmin
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cheryl in cc nv, yvensong, s. michele, kay kuns, among others
Recommended to Darlene by:
I am going to read this again. There are no fairy tales for old people, well, except for this one. Ms. Babb give others, besides the pretty virgins, a chance to make wishes. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. I can't tell you how many times I had to read a phrase aloud just to enjoy it even deeper. Philosophy and wisdom give weight to this story that seems light-weight. This was too much fun for kids. It is fun only those with experience in the world will ...more
Deborah Cidboy
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Maven Fairy Godmother. What a delightful journey. Past her prime and at the end of her rope, an overweight ex-teacher accepts a job of as a fairy godmother. Skeptical at first, she soon realizes the job is legit and the possibilities for getting in trouble, unlimited.
I really enjoyed this romp through fairytale land. Maven is an unforgettable character. The story is well written and a laugh a minute.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Charlotte pens "Maven Fairy Godmother " a magickal fairy tale fantasy with characters that you can relate to, in a well written plot. It was a fun, easy, fast read that kept me interested from start to finish. Although it's a YA novel, I would recommend this to all fans of all ages.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Maven, as the lead protagonist of this book, is a character that is impossible to dislike. She keeps you in the story and you can’t help but root for her during every step of her journey. Maven’s voice feels so real, and she stands for sentiments that any person can appreciate. The strongest point, and a key theme throughout, is the idea of highlighting the disadvantage certain groups of people experience within fairytales. This idea is injected with associations to circumstances that are found ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maven is middle-aged, divorced, out of work, and has nearly no money left to live on. What does she have to lose? Nothing except an unhappy existence in Mundane. When she’s offered the chance to enter the world of Faery and become a fairy godmother, she is willing to leave it all behind and give this new life a try.

After learning some magic and meeting a dragon, she is on her way to practice granting wishes and earn her place among the fairy godmothers. Her unique perspective has a profound effe
Eustacia Tan
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, this novel begins with our protagonist Maven, who's out-of-luck (and a job). But her day starts to get better after she sees a book about wishin. Meanwhile, Fiona, the head-honcho of fairy-godmothers looks worried and before you know it, she's hired Maven to become a fairy-godmother (in training).

Maven, being a modern women from Mudane (commonly referred to as "the world we live in"), brings a very different perspective. She causes the unlikable Cinderella character to run away from the pri
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Maven is a middle-aged, out-of-work teacher pawning the last of her CDs to fill her beater of a car with enough gas to get her to the next job interview. Her life seemed to be on a one way track to flipping burgers or homelessness when Fairy Godmother Superior Fiona shows up offering Maven the deal of a lifetime: to be a fairy godmother.

Since Mundane, as the world of reality is called, holds little for Maven she accepts the offer. Led by her very strong intuition, referred to as The Bump, Maven
Phaedra Seabolt
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story is all about Fairies and, of course, fairy godmothers. Maven is actually the name of the main character. She begins the story being at rock bottom. She has used up all her money on rent and her van is running out of gas. She has no job, not even a job prospect. She's been living on coffee, peanut butter, and crackers. She is still holding on to the last little bit of hope she has for finding a way out of her miserable life. She goes to the library to use their computers for job huntin ...more
Kurt Springs
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.

Note: This book was received in exchange for an honest review.


Maven is a down-on-her-luck middle aged woman. With her resources depleted and no job prospects on the horizon, she uses her last bit of gas to get to a long-shot job interview. She finds herself accepting a job as a fairy godmother in-training. However, the job is not as glamorous as it first appeared. Her new boss is withholding information, possibly trying to kill her. Fae
Rebecca Graf
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A middle-aged woman finds herself down on her luck. Things just aren’t working out until she finds herself walking into a mythical land with the opportunity to be a fairy godmother. What could go wrong? We never learn to not ask that question.

I have to say that when I started this book, I didn’t like it. It was very hard for me to relate to the main character, Maven. I don’t know if it was how it was written or if it was just a character that I couldn’t connect with. I have no idea, so I won’t a
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Of late, I have had the opportunity to read several re-takes on the classic fairy tales. Many of these new reads have had Fairy Godmothers who are less than the “bippity boppity boo” of those found in Disney – but few have the sheer calamity Jane feel of Maven. Disasters small and large, making Maven a character easy to empathize and sympathize with, especially for anyone who has worked for a living.

The characters are as unique and quirky as any I have seen, most are developed with a nod to bot
Emilie E. Faye
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maven, Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil is the story of Maven, a middle-aged nobody with no job, no life, and no money. She spends all of her time looking for a job or a dollar and it seems like there is just no hope until she receives a call from Fiona. Fiona is a retiring fairy godmother looking to fill her shoes and keep the Veil together all at once and Maven is the perfect woman for the job. When Maven gets her chance to grant wishes, however, things get a little out of hand as she fails t ...more
Lenora Good
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading a book with an older female protagonist, one I could relate to in many respects; however, if this is a YA book, I doubt many young adults will relate to Maven. They will, however, be able to relate to Tulip. Unfortunately, Tulip is not the primary character.

I found the book to be overly long, with no defined story arc. I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more about fixing the Veil and less flitting around. If this is the first in a series, where the characters will come back, per
Samantha March
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Henley Babb is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil. This was a very unique and quite funny spin on a fairy tale and the fairy godmothers that fill their pages. Maven is the not-so-ordinary fairy godmother, older, wider, and has many trip-ups on the job. But when she just entered the world of Faery, can anyone really blame her? Well, her boss seems to, but what’s more – she might even be out to kill Maven.

The book is built up well with regions su
Sandra Almazan
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest interview.

An unemployed middle-aged woman (Maven) accepts a job as a fairy godmother, only to find that even fairy godmothers have to be careful of what they wish for. After a short training period, Maven meets with several clients, granting their wishes in ways that only upset her mentor but threaten Faery.

Even though this is a lighthearted, humorous romp, the story weaves in references to a variety of fa
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Maven is a middle aged woman who is very unlucky with her life. She has no job, nothing to family, no place to stay, nothing to make her life easy. With no resources, Maven is desperate to have a job – any job. One call changes her life – and her job title? Fairy godmother.

I actually had a hard time following the story for the sole reason that it had a lot of characters involved although their stories are connected to each other – with that number of characters it can be daunting to remember th
S.M. Blooding
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, so-funny
This was such a quirky fun read!! Maven is a great character! I love the fact that she’s middle aged and still knows how to get into trouble! I laughed so HARD while reading this book!

The characterization was really well done. The description, voice, just everything. Maven literally just comes off the pages as a living, breathing matron of witty, think-outside-of-the-box proportions!

The plot is quite good as well! The situations that Maven is put through! OMW! I just couldn’t stop laughing. She’
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked the main character and premise-Maven's initial situation is all too believable these days. And the job offer of Fairy Godmother had a lot of promise. Then we get to Faery and I had a hard time following all the sub-plots in the middle of the book. True, many of them were connected and most did come together at the end. But I would have preferred to stay more focused on Maven and her adventures. That said, Charlotte Babb's writing style was comfortable to read, and I hope to see more book ...more
Dean Robertson
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It is light-hearted, fun to read, easy on the mind and on the heart. Babe is on a mission to be a Fairy Godmother to herself and to all "women of a certain age" to whom she dedicates the book. She believes in fairy tales, those that inform and shape our world and us and those that just make us smile. Maven's stories do both, and Babb succeeds in her effort to revive these myths of our culture.

Brava, Ms. Babb, and thanks.
I read the sample and wasn't quite convinced it was worth the price, but mainly because of rough copy editing (mostly missing or misplaced words; someone needs to read it upside down or backwards to catch them). A definite maybe.
K.G. McAbee
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Smart, snarky revisionist take on the fairy tale stories we all thought we knew. Highly recommended!
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