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The Fairy's Tale

(The Pathways Tree #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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Whoever said fairy tales were easy has never been a wannabe fairy godmother. The truth is, making dreams come true can be a total nightmare.

Bea is a lowly cabbage fairy, but she dreams of being an official Fairy Godmother. So when Bea is finally given a chance to prove her worth she is
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published November 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published February 21st 2015)
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, dnf
The Fairy's Tale, is written in third person and is easy to read. Although, there are a few spelling and grammar mistakes, it doesn't really detract from the story.

The story centres on Bea, a young cabbage fairy who has dreams of one day becoming a fairy good mother. In the meantime, she watches stories unfold and tweaks them a little. That is until she is finally given a proper assignment, that involves more than watching and a chance to finally become a fairy godmother!

I did like this story,
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction, fantasy
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I don’t think there is a person around today who wasn’t raised on fairy tales in one aspect or another in their childhood. No matter what our background, we were all exposed to these tales as children and as adults. And while the stories themselves might have different casts of characters and different settings, the end results were almost always the same with lessons learned and love found.

The Fairy’s Tale takes us behind the scenes of the stories; asking the question, what if the events in th
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good book. It took a while to get into it but worth reading and I will redo read the next one x
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is interesting, i just couldn't get into it properly, because the jumping back and forth between characters was very abrupt. Took me forever to finish it.
Nick Rippington
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinderella has never been so dark and devious. Garden Fairy Bea has ambitions to be a Fairy Godmother and help bring about happy endings. Unfortunately, in a world run by the Fantasy version of Big Brother, things soon begin to go horribly wrong. Can Bea craft a perfect conclusion to a story running rapidly out of control? There are traces of Orwell, while the Men in White Coats ready to "redact" anyone who steps out of line have echoes of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Well worth a look
I surprised myself by enjoying large sections of this book, I have read a few of the subverted fairy tale genre books now and some work better than others. Fortunately this falls in to the latter category. Clearly a lot of though has gone in to world building and the reader does get a fleeting sense of Bea's world and the land where the fairies (as a general catch all term for all magical creatures as opposed to the fae) are working to create belief. That was one of the issues I had with the boo ...more
Andrew Wallace
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Generously proportioned Bridget Jonesish fairy Bea dreams of a promotion to Fiction-Management Executive while drinking wine with her singleton Fae mates in a fantasy city ruled by the Big Brother figure of the Teller. Meanwhile, the mirrors that enable transit between the fae world and that of ‘the Characters’ , who may very well be us, are breaking down. These failures result in a procedural clampdown and the release of the dreaded ‘Beast’.
Bea is actually a bit of an anti-heroine to start with
Jodie Downes
The book held so much promise and yet was let down by a LOT of spelling and grammar errors. At first I skipped past them but by the end it was really grating on my nerves.
The story of Bea - the cabbage fairy, and the world of Plots and Godmothers was a great spin on the fairytales we're used to. It had an almost dystopian feel to it in the way the city and the way it's run is described. All Bea wants is to become a fairy godmother, but when the opportunity is thrust upon her, she realises it's
Paul Arvidson
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-new-stuff
Funny, clever and exciting. This is the start of a brilliant series about a bewildered cabbage fairy in a steam punk universe. She's out of her depth and way beyond her skill set but she still wants to do the right thing, even if it's going to get her killed, or worse - redacted. Get out your story books and your editing quills and don't plan on getting any sleep any time soon. This one's a page turner!
F.D. Lee
Mar 02, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well,I obviously loved this book because I wrote it :-)
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
l really got into this book and it's not my usual thing but I enjoyed this little romp and loved the references at the end. So now I know all about faires elves goblins etc
Samantha Corkin
This book started of with the main character Bea watching plots as a job, she was secretly changing them to what she thought was better without thinking about the consequences of been caught. The plots are the main storyline of a book, they are what cause the characters and others to believe. The more belief there is within the world the less likely the mirrors will break. But it isn’t just that simple, there are antis who don’t believe in the plots and are determined to make them go wrong so th ...more
Goth Gone Grey
Bea is a cabbage fairy, dreaming of a full promotion to a fairy godmother. (Not technically, the book is full of new-age randomly capitalized fairy tale terms like FME, GenAm, Plot, Book, Etc.) She's been manipulating Plots already, hopefully under the radar, but she's been caught... and praised for it. She's given a Book and a Plot and characters to ensure the right steps happen for a Happily Ever After.

Of course, everything happening right would make for a boring read, so that's not what happ
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I am someone who enjoys fantastical literature. My tendencies lean towards darker urban fantasy species (vampires, werewolves, witches etc), but with this book I decided to challenge myself to try something different.
After reading the first couple of chapters, I was still concerned this wasn’t going to be for me. The writing is very simple; almost writing-by-numbers in places, which puts me off as I start to look for literary techniques my children are being taught at Junior school. The feel of
Vicki Orton
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this high fantasy book with an intriguing concept surrounding the writing (or rather the making sure they play out ‘correctly’) of fairy stories; what if the heroine doesn’t want the classic happy ending of marrying the prince?! Absolutely loved the main character Bea, a cabbage fairy wanting to aspire to being a Godmother, and the accident mishaps she found herself in throughout the story, she was fun and I could definitely sympathise with her a few times. I do however wish we co ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This book had it all. Fairies, witches, heroes and heroines, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, but all twisted together in unexpected ways.
Bea, a cabbage fairy, longs to be a godmother, but despite watching many plots, to make sure everyone lived happily ever after, and making a few tiny alterations along the way, no one recommends her and she keeps on waiting. But, the world as the Fae know it is heading for trouble and Bea is offered her own plot. She just has to get Sindy to go to the Ball and
Hazel Went
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable anti-fairy-tale. What if fairy godmothers were working to a script, and what if getting it wrong or speaking out against the scripts "plots" left you open to being "redacted", i.e. your mind emptied? With the fae living in an almost 1984-esque land, and only the few being permitted contact with the characters (humans), this was an enjoyable twist to the fairy tale. The heroine is a cabbage fairy looking to better herself, aiming to come back from the bottom of the social pi ...more
Interesting premise in this alternate fantasy universe but ultimately it was just a bit too convoluted and slightly contrived in its attempts to be clever that it wasn't as convincing as it could be. I spent too much effort trying to figure out what the characters are meant to be in this alternate universe that I couldn't get into the story, and the ending was such a tease to get you to read the next book. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this enough to be that tempted to read the second installment ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fairy's tale is a wild combination of fanciful whimsy and dystopian terrors with a large dose of badly bent fairy tales. The book started a bit slow but I am so glad I continued reading as it turned into a wonderfully wrought romp with compelling characters, most of whom I love, and a world that was so well developed I held my breath a few times through the tense moments. I also laughed out loud at the fractured fairy tales mixed throughout. There are a few grammatical errors but they did n ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytales
A good read, if one that would have benefitted from a little extra attention to detail on the editing. Maybe only in the Kindle version, but strange formatting in places (i not I in multiple places amongst other spelling or grammatical errors). The early chapters have large amounts of info-dumping too. Ok this is sounding negative for a book I rated 4 stars! Once you get past that there’s a nice twist on the traditional tales we know with a good cast of characters. A fun enjoyable story and I’ll ...more
Charlie Allin
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*disclaimer - I was given a feee copy of this book to review however all thoughts are my own*
“I just wonder... isn’t it better to start as a monster and become a hero? Isn’t that what creates belief? The idea that someone can change?”
If you do nothing else today go and buy this book!
I am not usually into much else other than thrillers and crime however this book was truly amazing! It is so well written and easy to read. It will grip you and you won’t want it to end, I surely didn’t! I cannot w
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tales. We've all read 'em, right? Princes, witches, fairies, dwarves, pretty girls, handsome men, happily ever after . . .
But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Why it always turns out right?

Bea, a cabbage fairy and plot watcher, thinks she knows. She's about to find out that she doesn't. Not really.

A completely different take on fairy tales. You'll never read them the same again.
Spike faery
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing magical adventure...

This book had me engrossed from beginning to end. An amazing tale about a fairy who wants to be a fairy godmother, but when given the opportunity, she finds its not as great as she originally thought.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

All in all, absolutely riveting, with twisted fairytales and plot twists. If you like Terry Pratchett, you’ll like this.
Janice Clark
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this out of curiosity, and found it an interesting mashup of various fairy tales, not anywhere near the level suggested by the sales spiel on Facebook, but much better than I expected. The writing quality is clear and must have been professionally edited and proofread, as I didn't encounter any annoying "speedbumps." The author was giving away free books, which tend to get higher ratings. I did enjoy the story, but didn't find it compelling enough to look at the sequels.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful fairytale adventure romp. Written in a lighthearted manner, with a lot of humour, that enhances the dark underlying situation. Full of engaging characters and with a compelling plotline. A great start to what will, hopefully, be a long series.

I'm a big fan of this series and currently waiting impatiently for book three.

Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was okay, but very overwritten and ufff, too much explication all of the time. There are also some jokes at the start which just miss the mark - managing to sound awkward and offensive when I think they are just badly executed. It’s a good idea, but reading about a fascist state with little or no self awareness of itself it a little off right now.
Morgan Day
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who loves fiction and loves books
This book was so different from anything I've ever read so it was really refreshing. I enjoyed it a lot, the plot had so much going on, it flowed really well. about half way through things really started picking up and I was excited to see the story develop and get more intense. This is a book that I would read again in the future, it left me really pleased that I bought it on a whim on amazon.
Nancy Lutheran
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Complicated and entertaining

I really liked the characters and the interesting world the author created. The story can get a bit complex and confusing at times because there are so many different things going on. The politics of the places I found hard to get.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, funny, intriguing plot; but would have enjoyed it more if not for the rather pointless digs at politicians that, IMHO, left a sour taste in the mouth without contributing anything to the story line or character development.
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“I just wonder… Isn’t it better to start as a monster and become a hero? Isn’t that what creates belief? The idea that someone can change?” 5 likes
“He started to draw. He drew from memory. He had a good memory, something which, all things considered, was far from a blessing.
The pencils moved quickly across the paper, scratching back and forth in deepening shades of grey. He leaned low over the paper, concentrating all his energy on his work.
The candles flickered and dripped wax, having nothing better to do.
Eventually he lifted his head and looked at his creation. The face of a young woman stared back at him from the paper, a slight smile playing on her lips. She looked as if she was about to say something, and that once she had you would laugh. She looked happy.
Seven stared at the picture, his strange eyes unreadable – eyes that, now he made no effort to mask them, were from edge to edge only the deep blue of the dead ocean.
He swallowed hard, as if he was trying to imbibe something foul tasting but necessary, like a child sipping medicine, and pulled another sheet of paper from his desk.”
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