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Wishful Thinking

(How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) #1)

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Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work…

Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one.

Desperate to p
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Published September 10th 2019 by Tantor Audio (first published August 26th 2019)
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PamG
Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper can be classified as an urban fantasy and as a supernatural suspense novel. It is the first book in a new series by this author and is set in the UK.

Our protagonist, Saffron Sawyer, is a dope faery (the lowest job classification for faeries), but she aspires to be a Faery Godmother which is viewed as an elite position and is often hereditary. Surprisingly, Saffron is given the opportunity to become a Faery Godmother. With this premise, the story is off and ru
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
***I received this book courtesy of Netgallery and Haperfire in exchange for an honest review***

I liked Saffron and enjoyed the mystery but other than that this book fell flat for me. There was something missing. I like this author and I have reread the Slouch Witch series more than twice so I don't know what it is. I'll check out the next book, I hope there is some improvement.
Beth
Fun, fanciful and filled with Fairies.

Saffron is a faery who dreams of belonging to the faery godmother team. When she finds herself in her dream job she uncovers that sometimes dream jobs aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

When her co-workers go missing, Saffron together with a band of her friends and a sexy devil’s advocate must uncover who is behind the missing Faery Godmothers before Saffron herself falls victim. But doing so might upturn everything the faeries have
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Marta Cox
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I guess when we think about Faery Godmothers we imagine genial , white haired, mature ladies who wear spectacles above their rosy cheeks. Well Saffron is young, has brown uncontrollably curly hair and tons of attitude. Oh and did I mention she's the newest recruit to the Faery Godmothers ? It's just too bad that she has been set up to be bait as they struggle to find out just why so many have been abducted !
Saffron is yet another character that this author easily brings to life. She's capable,
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Aly
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Who doesn't want to be a Faery Godmother?  Saffron Sawyer dreams of being just that and the best one too.  This book was fun read for me and interesting. I really enjoyed it I can't wait to see what happens next.  *This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary review.*
Natalie panda eyes
Reminded me a little of Slouch witch and the Highlander one, except this time the MC is granting wishes. Fun and quirky, a great start to a new series. Saffron is an interesting MC, she’s perky but not airhead perky, killing with kindness. There’s a mix of colourful and slightly annoying characters, but none of them overshadow the main pair, Saffron the new faerie godmother and Jasper the devil’s advocate. Really hoping they end up having sex in the lift. A little mystery, a lot of magic and cha ...more
Elley Murray
This book is so funny and irreverent, I adore it. Helen Harper's world of faeries is so awesome, and it's so cool how there are all these different sorts of faeries. It reminded me a little bit of the set up for Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies books, how there are tinker fairies and light fairies and water fairies... They're all fairies but have different jobs they do, just like in this series by Helen Harper. Though I don't think Disney has Dope Fairies... :)

Saffron is spunky and sassy and
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Heather
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Helen Harper’s books, and I’m constantly amazed at how creative she is with her world building. This book is no exception. It’s such an interesting concept, the whole idea of faery godmothers. And Saffron is a terrific heroine. She is determined and sassy—two traits I happen to adore. I also love the relationship between Saffron and her love interest, and the mystery plot was well- developed. Can’t wait for the next one in the series. It will be a definite buy for me!

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Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Harperfire for this arc.

This was a fun read for me. Imagine a gang of cranky fairies in a mash-up of The Office and Mean Girls!

Saffron (a fairy) thought all her dreams had come true when she was recruited for employment by the Office/Guild of Fairy Godmothers.... Let the good times roll! The pacing of the story was nicely balanced between hectic action and Saffron taking time-out to think/plan ahead for what ever came next. Unfortunately for Saffro
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Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
So much fun!

Helen Harper has done it again. I laughed my butt off and was sorry when it ended because I have to wait until at least October for my next Saffron fix

If the words Faery Godmother brings to mind images of sweet little old gray haired ladies with easy smiles and gentle words; you my friend have another thought coming.

In Helen Harper's world there are a lot faerys. A whole hierarchy of fairies. Luck faerys, rainbow faerys, a faery for any occasion. And at the top of the heap are The Fa
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Margaret
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.

3.5 stars

Helen Harper has been on my radar for several months now—everyone seems to love her Slouch Witch series. So when I spotted this first book in a new series it seemed like a good time to see what all the fuss was about. And what could be more fun than a fairy godmother?

But when we first meet Saffron she’s working as a Dope Fairy. They control the hallucination
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Helen Wawrejko
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice mystery with missing faerie godmothers, a hot Devils Advocate, and funky "godmothers" to rainbows and druggies. The first several chapters nearly lost me to a DNF, but trudging on it came together for a good read. There were a lot of grammatical errors that hopefully will be addressed before publication. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.
Rebecca Goss
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this mystery involving fairy godmothers. And the Devil’s Advocate was intriguing and attractive. The characters were funny and creative. We’ve all worked with people like those in the office, whether or not they are fairies. Saffron is so full of adventure and sass that I wish I were more like her.
Stephaniec
This was a fluffy story about fairytale characters such as faery godmothers. More world building would have been appreciated but the story was enjoyable for what it was
Valerie
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It is funny, has some mystery and romance to it as well as supernatural. The characters are enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book. #WishfulThinking #NetGalley
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
So Helen Harper has created another winning book here with Wishful Thinking and it is sooooo much better than her last series already, and we're only one book in.

Using Fairy Godmothers as contemporary fae was a fantastic idea (we're talking about girls AND guys here and most definitely not your traditional white haired, happy and plump grandmother figures here) and the follow-through on the idea has made for an exciting, intriguing and frankly original novel. I also think that includ
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Laura Young
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
🧚♀ BOOK REVIEW 🧚♀
Well what a surprise this little gem was!! Such a fresh take on the world of faerie! As always no spoilers. The storyline is quick with great humour and wit. Saffron, the main character, is a total optimist who is also a total clown at times but I couldn’t help but love her. It’s a complete hybrid of fantasy meets thriller/crime novel. Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way and nothing too far fetched. I really enjoyed it! A light, easygoing read. Great writ
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Brennan
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review**
I wanted to like this book so much. A Dope Faery, who helps addicts stay safe through her magic, changing careers to become a Faery Godmother??!! I mean, doesn't that sound like an awesome premise? Not to mention, the added intrigue and mystery of abductions and an off workplace. This book had all the makings of being fun, fantastical, witty, and nail biting.
But in the end, I found it deeply unsympathetic and to
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Toni
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in a new series called How to Be the Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (or Die Trying).

Basic premise: Saffron is a dope faery. She tries to assist those with drug and alcohol problems by giving them guidance. They won’t remember she was there but just know that they have hit a turning point in their life and it leads them to recovery. Her dream job is being a Faery Godmother. When she is called up to this job one day, the office didn’t
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Nicki K.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Helen Harper is the queen of paranormal and urban fantasy. I've read (and loved) the vast majority of her books, and yet I'm somehow always surprised at just how good all of her new releases are. Harper has, yet again, created an incredibly likeable protagonist, as well as an innovative magic system. Saffron was an absolute delight, and I loved reading about her journey to fairy godmotherhood. The side char
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TSN
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy, 2019
I generally love Helen Harper's books, but lately her writing has sort of branched out, and has become a bit silly. I know it's supposed to be a comedy, but this is one of those stories which I find too silly for my liking. Well, not so much the story, but the characters. They are likeable, but they desperately need an injection of intelligence. I had an especially hard time with Saffron, the main character. Honestly, I found her cringeworthy stupid. Sorry.
I generally love Helen Harper's books, but lately her writing has sort of branched out, and has become a bit silly. I know it's supposed to be a comedy, but this is one of those stories which I find too silly for my liking. Well, not so much the story, but the characters. They are likeable, but they desperately need an injection of intelligence. I had an especially hard time with Saffron, the main character. Honestly, I found her cringeworthy stupid. Sorry.


☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
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Donna
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) #1) by Helen Harper is a smart and sweet fairytale/cozy mystery. Saffron Sawyer is sharp and determined and I simply adore her. Saffron is the best at what she does but wants to become a Faery Godmother. She has the right stuff but not the right pedigree. When she is given the chance to become a Faery Godmother she is determined to be the best damn Faery Godmother in the world (or die trying). Join Saffron as ...more
Penny
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read several books by this author and was never disappointed. That includes this series starter. Saffron is a very interesting character. I admit that at the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to like her, but by the end of the book, I adored her. I like her love interest, too, as well as the minor cast of characters. This was a great book filled with a unique world, fascinating characters, a great mystery plot, and wonderful action. I can’t wait to read more in this series and learn more ...more
Charmaine Ohl
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A unique story based in the Faery world, which just happens to be part of our own world. Saffrons misadventures were a delight to read and I honestly can not wait to see what mess she gets into next on her way to be the best damn faery Godmother tthe world has ever seen. I really wanted to read this any chance I got, and hated having to stop reading. Enough comic relief not to get boring, a touch of romance to keep things interesting, (ex) dope faeries for some fun on your trip with a devil's ad ...more
Adrienne McFarlane
A fun read

Helen Harper delivers another fun and quirky story. The main character is delightfully different and her misfit status makes you want to root for her. The story is well written and is a unique storyline. I look forward to the next book.
Maggie
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d hoped (based on the cover) I’d find this as humorous as Slouch Witch by the same author. But more cozy paranormal than humor first. Four stars as I will continue to read KU by Helen Harper.
Katrina Forest
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading Ms. Harper's work, and it's clear from the first few pages that I'm in the hands of a strong writer. The narrative is clever and fun, the right mix of mundane and magic.

In the book, a dope fairy (the existence of which is just an awesome way to open the book) named Saffron gets a sudden offer to join the elite group of fairy godmothers. She's ecstatic at first until she realizes she might not have been called in because of her fairy skills but rather bec
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T.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not.

This is the first book in the How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) Series from Helen Harper. The story begins with Saffron Sawyer, one of the best dope faeries, teaching three new fae in the department the ropes. Yes she’s a dope faery, but that doesn’t mean she’s a d
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Jennifer
I loved the Slouch Witch series, but didn't click with one of the author's other books, so I was hoping this would be similar to Slouch Witch and thankfully it was. Helen Harper's UF books are like a breath of fresh air in the UF genre. Her world building is inventive, and her heroines are always just slightly different from the usual, irreverent yes, but always with an undertone of kindness and caring, as well as a determination to see the problem through and solve it, no matter what the cost m ...more
Teresa
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Wishful Thinking
Author: Helen Harper
Publisher: Helen Harper
ISBN: B07TKYBNDJ
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
How to be the Best Damn Faery godmother in the World(Or die Trying) 1
Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work… 

Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the
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