How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying), Book 1
by Helen Harper
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Pub Date 26 Aug 2019 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2019
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 prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan.
Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen?
Wishful Thinking is the first book in the refreshingly original How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World (or Die Trying) urban fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, enchanting spins on old tales, and clever twists and turns, then you’ll love Helen Harper’s captivating story.
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*4.5 stars* This book was a complete and utter delight. It revolves around a witch named Saffron who goes from being a dope fairy to a fairy godmother. The whole world of fairies that Helen Harper has created is absolutely wonderful and while her being a dope fairy is a small part of narrative, I really loved it. Dope fairies are fairies that give hallucinations to drug addicts in such a way to help prevent them from doing more dangerous substances as well as to help them deal with why they started taking drugs in the first place. This was so lovely and such a brilliant idea. The premise of the book is that fairy godmothers are being kidnapped and Saffron is put in as a fairy godmother as bait to lure out the kidnappers and along the way she joins forces with the Devil's Advocate (a position neither the reader nor Saffron entirely understand which adds to the mystery). The relationship between Saffron and the Devil's Advocate is not toxic in the slightest and it is so delightful to see how flustered they are by each other. Saffron yells at him once when he says he is not accustomed to hiding before realising that it is because he can turn invisible. It is truly such a fun dynamic. "Wishful Thinking" is a mystery but also a comedy and also perhaps a bit of a satire on office behaviour with a bit of romance thrown in. The book also discusses prejudice against drug addicts as well as how toxic elitism can be. This was truly masterful. I would like to see more PoC and LGBT representation, but it did still address social issues so this isn't a huge deal. I honestly loved this book and I am so glad the next one is coming out in a few months.
Wishful starts right in the middle of an action scene causing me to be a bit confused. Saffron's original job could have been more clearly explained in just a sentence or two as well. I briefly thought I wouldn't finish or put it down and start something else, but I persevered and found the book quite enjoyable. This is urban fantasy, yet, since there are fairy godmothers, it wasn't cutesy. I ended up enjoying this story about an intrepid fairy who is trying to buck the system. There were 5 or 6 typos that I noticed and the story line could have been enhanced with a bit more back story and the characters, at least the main one, more developed. Still, I enjoyed it enough to be interested in reading the next one and to read Harper's contributions to some boxed sets I bought. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC. I loved the non-traditional ways in which faeries are portrayed in this title, it’s both clever and fun. When we’re introduced to Saffron at the beginning of the story she’s a Dope Faerie (yes, you read that correctly) who takes pride in steering her clients away from hard drugs and, where possible, off of drugs altogether... Shortly thereafter Saffron is offered the opportunity to become a Faerie Godmother; the epitome of all things Faerie and Saffron’s dearest wish - until she discovers what Faerie Godmothers are really like! Can you say, “Mean girls”? Meanwhile faeries are disappearing and Saffron decides it’s up to her to solve the case. A fun read, I’m hoping that there will be some heavy duty copy-editing to fix typographical errors so that the book will go from the 3.5 stars I’m currently rating it at, to 4 stars.
Surprising, unpredictable, and fun! Complex interesting characters, relatable workplace interactions, hot guys, and capable women.
🧚♀️ 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 writing style and use of language. It’s also set in the UK which I loved being a Brit myself. A complete joy to read! ==================
I received a free copy of WISHFUL THINKING (Book 1 of How to be the Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World or Die Trying) by Helen Harper in exchange for an honest review. Saffron Sawyer is the best Dope Faery she can possibly be; she is serious about keeping her charges happy so they never move on to more dangerous drugs. When Saffron’s promoted to being a Faery Godmother, all of her friends and co-workers feel it’s well-earned. Saffron soon learns that Faery Godmothers are a bunch of unwelcoming snots who feel that bloodline rather than merit is the only criteria for worthiness. Saffron also discovers that someone has been kidnapping Faery Godmothers, and she’s only been hired so she can be disposable bait for the kidnapper. Well, Saffron’s just going to have to prove she’s the best Faery Godmother by finding the kidnapper, rescuing the taken, and granting meaningful wishes to all of her charges. In the meantime, Faery’s intimidating investigator, called the Devil’s Advocate, seems to be rather attractive, doesn’t he? As indicated by the series title, this book is rife with profanity. The story was engaging and action-packed. I liked it and recommend it to those who enjoy urban fantasy with a slight romantic element and don’t mind coarse language. #WishfulThinking #NetGalley
Wishful Thinking is a entertaining mystery. The characters are interesting and the plot is good. The book is well written
I am not usually I reader of fantasy, however, the plot of this book sounded like a fun read to me. It was! Saffron Sawyer is a fairy, a drug fairy who wants to become a fairy godmother, the epitome of fae. She is suddenly needed in the fairy godmother department.... she soon finds out why and a race to save the fae begins. The story line moves along quickly, you never feel that the story drags. I really like Saffron, and felt badly when she is snubbed by the other godmothers.. but she has an amazing spirit and nothing keeps her from accomplishing her mission. She gains a friend ... and maybe more in the devil's advocate, Jasper. I really liked the way they got along. Even if you are not typically a reader of fantasy you may like this book, it was that good. It is part of a series, the next book being released in October, I can't wait to read it! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me a copy of this book. I want to read eveything by Helen Harper now!
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 characters of Billy and the Devil's Advocate were great, as well, and I loved how Saffron handled the hostility between the rest of her coworkers. This new magic system revolving around various different kinds of faeries was incredibly interesting, and I'm so excited to see what happens from here. Overall, Wishful Thinking was a really solid start to the series, and I would highly recommend this book to past fans of Harper's works, as well as anyone looking for a paranormal or urban fantasy with just a pinch of romance. 4.5/5
Obviously the first in a series, this book started off slow but eventually picked up steam. A combination of mystery, paranormal and romance, I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and will probably get the next book in this series. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.
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 Saffron, most of her actions were actually thoughtless reactions. And the good times just kept coming! I thought it was all the characters/caricatures that made this such a fun read. I found them to be mostly immediately recognizable and relatable, especially Saffron. While I had to put the book down a couple of times (What's for dinner? and other interruptions), I was easily able to pick it back up where I had left off reading. A great read for a really hot summer day (too hot to have to think). 4.0 stars
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
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.
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.
Saffron the dope fairy turned fairy godmother is a delightful honest character in the apparently cutthroat world of fairy godmothers. Her honesty and intuition coupled with a swift story makes for perfect brain candy.
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 advocate to keep all in line. What more can you want when Faery godmothers go missing?
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, smart and loyal and it just so happens that her dream is to become a member of the elite Faery Godmothers. Imagine her excitement, her deep joy when she steps through those hallowed doors only to discover that she not only has to prove herself but isn't really wanted there ! It's just as well that no matter what goes wrong Saffron is the most doggedly determined Faery Godmother they have ever seen ! It's very easy to like Saffron and she's written as a character who genuinely cares about other people. Yes I could say that occasionally she's irreverent and her mouth gets the better of her but it only made her feel more real. The supporting characters added just enough to help bring this world to life but obviously the real crux of this story is just exactly why are Faery Godmothers going missing ? No spoilers here so all I can say is I enjoyed this story and look forward to more set in this world. I'd perhaps like a tad more world building and explanations about the magic but I thought the human interest story that run through this was beautifully done. All in all an entertaining read and one that frequently made me smile. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
This was a fun book. Saffron is a faery and she wants to be a faery godmother. She gets to the office and she is bullied right off the bat and the people who work there are not nice at all. Other Faery Godmothers are missing and no one knows what has happened to them. Saffron decides she is going to investigate and find out what has happened to the other Faeries. She ends up working with the Devil's Advocate. She finds out she was only hired to be a Faery Godmother as a ploy and she is not happy. She wants to prove that she can do this job and make people happy. I liked Saffron but the people she worked with including her boss needed to be taken down a couple of notches. We always think of Faery Godmothers like the Disney movies and these Faeries are totally opposite.
A fun, quirky urban fantasy with fairy godparents. The tone of this reminded me of the Enchanted Inc series (which I have adored for years). The world building is interesting - the main character is a "dope fairy" when the book begins, which means she uses her magic to make the hallucinations for people on drugs. (The character tries to use these to push the individual toward rehab or help him/her build the courage to face the difficulties in life that drove them to drugs.) But she gets the chance to pursue her dream job, but none of it is like she expected. The main character really made this one work for me. I liked her sass and the way she used her people skills to get what she needed in various situations. I would definitely read another book in this series. (Language)
Wishful Thinking , How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) book one by Helen Harper tells Saffron Sawyers story. Saffron is a faery , has trainees, is feisty and has spunk. When she gets the opportunity to change to her dream departement she's all in. What she doesn't know is that her dream job isn't dreamy at all and she's in for the adventure of her life. Wishful Thinking is a fast paced pnr read. A well written story that had me captivated from chapter one til the end. I read the book in sitting, I had to know what happens next. I loved the storylinbe and the characters, 4 stars.
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 believed about themselves and others. Wishful Thinking is filled with a spunky crew, that rely heavily on the humor to get them through the situation. Likeable characters with laugh out loud moments immerse the reader in a wacky but captivating adventure. I received this ARC copy of Wishful Thinking from Harperfire. This is my honest and voluntary review. Wishful Thinking is set for publication Aug. 26, 2019. My Rating: 4 stars Written by: Helen Harper Series: How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) (Book 1) Paperback: 299 pages Publisher: Helen Harper (August 25, 2019) ISBN-10: 1913116220 ISBN-13: 978-1913116224 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wishful-Thinki... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish... 3 likes
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 about the characters. I highly recommend this book and was given a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper 4 stars Thus is not the first book by Helen Harper that I have read (listened). I listened to Slouch Witch and the narrator Tanya Eby made the book very enjoyable. This is the first book in the Faery Godmother series and introduces Saffron Sawyer, a Dope Fairy who receives a call to interview for a faery godmother position. The Faery Godmother position is high status, but all is not right is the Faery Godmother world. There have been kidnappings and Saffron finds out that she is meant to be bait. How she saves herself and the day is the main part of the story. I enjoyed some the side character, especially "The Devil's Advocate" - cross between an auditor and agent. I hope there will be a real romance between Saffron and Jasper, the DA. The humorous situations make up for some slow parts in the story. Thank you Netgalley and Harperfire (Bookbuzz.net) for this ARC
Awesome book, and that is no surprise from this fabulous author! Love the great characterd and storyline!
Helen Harper has been on my radar for several months now. Everyone seems to love her Slouch Witch series. 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 hallucinations of people who are high. Saffron claims to be helping people overcome their fears and preventing them from progressing to harder drugs, but I felt like that was a lot to unpack for the first two chapters. The experience does prove useful in the end though. When Saffron is offered her dream job as a Fairy Godmother, she jumps at the chance. They’re revered throughout the fairy world. But the reality is more like The Office than Cinderella. I love stories about supernatural bureaucracy! This one reminds me of Hannah Jayne’s Underworld Detection Agency series. Saffron’s co-workers look down on her for her lack of pedigree, as well as her past as a Dope Fairy and her unruly hair. Even worse, she discovers she was hired not for her magical skills but to be bait for a kidnapper. Several Fairy Godmothers have gone missing recently. Saffron resolves to win over her new co-workers by finding the missing fairies. She’s joined by the most powerful fairy in England, the Devil’s Advocate, who’s something like a representative from the home office sent in to audit the department. I liked him and his powers but I wish Harper had gone into more detail about his job. Do the fairies ultimately report to the devil? Hopefully later books in the series will explain. Wishful Thinking doesn’t have much of a romance plot, but the potential is there. I’m interested in Saffron’s love interest and look forward to seeing where it goes. Book two is only two months away so I won’t have long to wait. Ultimately, I didn’t love Wishful Thinking but I feel like the series has potential. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book. 3.5 stars
Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper, a fun engaging read. Saffron is a fairy and her greatest wish is be a Fairy Godmother but when her chance comes maybe being a Godmother is not all its cracked up to be...
The subtitle of this book caught my eye on Netgalley and therefore I requested the arc. And although the story is very funny indeed, it takes some time to get into the story. In Wishful Thinking there appear to be all kinds of faeries. So, if you are born into the dope faeries (yeah, they do exist...), you seldom get to be a faery godmother. But Saffron has made it! She is invited to become a Faery Godmother and she has to report to the Godmother offices to start her new job. But very soon she realizes that maybe being a Faery Godmother isn't so great after all. Especially when you have all kinds of colleagues who definitely don't think you belong in this office and make sure you fail all day long. Saffron, however, is determined to be the best Faery Godmother in the world. Even if she has to wear that awful pink cape whilst working. And without ogling the Devil's Advocate, who is showing up at the office unexpectedly, because he is investigating the disappearance of other Faery Godmothers. When Saffron and the Devil's Advocate get stuck in an elevator together, Saffron realizes there is more to the abductions than she realized. Maybe they can team up and find the culprit. After a slow start (because Helen really has to explain all the types of faeries and stuff...) the story picks up pace and then it is a really funny story. So find out for yourself whether Saffron becomes the best Godmother Faery or if she dies trying... Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
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 including The Devil's Advocate as a hunky authority figure and potential love interest for the leading lady was a stroke of pure genius. As always her storytelling style is spot on with her flawed characters and well considered background mythology. In this instance the book is given the feel of a police procedural as well as being firmly rooted in the contemporary fantasy Harper is known for. Fabulous book and I simply cant wait to see where this series will head next, it's sure to be quite the ride! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the review copy of Wishful Thinking.
Saffron is a really interesting character, I enjoyed her stories beginning and look forward to more in the series.
This was ADORABLE and I absolutely loved it! Suspense, great world building and most of all, had HEART! I will be hand selling this one easily!
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 may be personally. In Wishful Thinking, our heroine, Saffron, is a "dope" fairy. Her job is to ease the trips of drug addicts when they are high by making their visions pleasant(or at least not horribly scary), so that they don't hurt themselves, don't move on to more damaging drugs, and potentially even get them into rehab at some point. Although her magic department is disparaged in the magic world, she's proud of the work she does, gives it her all, and is the top performer in her group. Still, she's always dreamed of being a fairy godmother and has applied to that elite department 3 times already. The problem is that most slots there are filled by nepotism and by offspring of "prominent" fairy families and Saffron is just an ordinary fairy with an ordinary background. At the beginning of the book, Saffron is unexpectedly presented with an opportunity to join the fairy godmothers. She's over the moon excited and determine to be the best godmother out there, but she quickly learns that all is not well in the department and that the reason for hiring her had nothing to do with her skills, and everything to do with her relative expendability. In the course of the book, she needs to solve a mystery relating to the kidnapping of other godmothers, deal with bullying and workplace harassment, and while in the middle of all of this, a bit of romance starts to bloom between her and a powerful fairy who is also investigating the kidnapping. I loved Saffron's positive attitude and can-do spirit, even while shaking my head at the way she often jumped into situations and shot off her mouth without thinking first. The other characters were interesting, the pace of the book was good, and I'm hooked and can't wait for the next book.
Wishful Thinking has a little bit of everything - humor, workplace politics, romance, mystery. And Saffron is everything you could ask for in a heroine - she's smart, driven, doesn't take crap from anyone, always seeks out ways to do right by others, and if full of self-confidence. The supporting characters all add something to the story and are given enough personality to keep them from being one-dimensional. Saffron's problems at work having you rolling your eyes right along with her. This is a great first book for a series, it gives all the background information you need and sets up the premise for the series without slowing down the narrative. The author balances the humor and more serious events perfectly. The pacing of the story is also perfect with no slow points. Saffron's work with her clients is given as much of a focus as her work on the main mystery of the story. Seeing her with her clients made me like her even more than I already did. It's nice to have a story about a woman who takes pride in her work, loves her work, and also keeps a good work-life balance. The romance is there, but plays a secondary role to the rest of the story rather than being the main focus. This book had so much more substance than I was expecting from the description. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I can't wait for book two this fall!
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 because of the disturbing number of disappearances of fairy godmothers lately. The office is short-staffed, everyone is stressed out, and nobody seems to think she's capable of anything or deserves to be there. It's the type of scenario a lot of people can relate to. And the more Saffron gets told she can't do something, the more determined she becomes to find a way she can, sometimes making rash decisions that backfire. I found Saffron to be a likable character. She's the person who takes extreme pride in her work, whether anyone else thinks its important or not. Throughout the process of trying to locate the missing fairies, she always has her goal of being a fantastic fairy godmother strong in her mind. She also goes out of her way for her clients even when she doesn't have to. The office politics didn't always pull me in, but I've also never worked in a formal office setting (teacher here!) so I'm willing to concede that the disconnect there might simply be my own lack of experience. I did appreciate that the office bullies were rounded out as the story progressed. If I had any complaint about the book, it would be that I would have liked for the mystery of the vanished fairies to be more of a mystery--subtle clues for me to pick up and piece together. Especially since finding the fairies drives the majority of the plot. But Wishful Thinking is really more about Saffron's struggle to fit in, her identity crisis in relation to what job she truly wants, and how far she's willing to go for her goals. When information relevant to the disappearances does come up in conversation, there's usually some hand-waving that cues the reader in. Often one character will chide another for going off-topic. Not everything I thought would be important later ultimately was, but I did guess what happened to the fairies pretty early on. The humor was refreshing, and I laughed aloud (or at least snickered) several times during the book. Overall, it is absolutely worth a try. If you fall in love with Saffron on the first few pages, you'll be hooked for the whole book. Ultimately, the story is less about solving a mystery and more about Saffron growing in her determination and perseverance, regardless of what others tell her.
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 running. Saffron wants to be the best Faery Godmother ever, but the real situation makes this difficult. While this is a fantasy, it deals with some deeper topics ranging from bullying to deceit to nepotism to drugs to kidnappings. Saffron is determined to prevent any more kidnappings. This novel is original, has a superb heroine, and a great set of secondary characters. There are some twists and turns, a mystery, a little comedy and even a little romance. (By the way, a drug faerie works to keep their clients from moving on to more dangerous drugs and, if possible, get them to go into rehab). This is a relatively fast-paced novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it except that there was some excessive swearing in it that I felt detracted from the storyline. If that had been eliminated, it would have been a 5 star rating for me. This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to book two. Many tanks to Harperfire, BookBuzz.net, Helen Harper and Net Galley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Release date: 08/26/2019 Review published on NetGalley and Goodreads: 07/24/2019. Review to be added on Amazon and Books-a-Million upon release. Review to be added to Bookbub.com when book is added there. Posted 7/27/2019.
Great Story about a Fairy who solves a crime. A bitt of action, a bit of friendship, a bit of love. I m looking forward to the next book.
This was lot of fun to read! It's engrossing and entertaining, the characters are well written and the plot keeps you hooked till the end. I appreciated the style of writing and the humor. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
The description drew me in from my usual cozy mysteries and I was not disappointed. Who wouldn't wish for a fairy godmother, this book has a bit of everything and is a completely enchanting read, Looking forward to more in this series.
Wishful Thinking is an enchanting read! I don't normally read urban fantasy novels but the blurb really intrigued me with this one. Thankfully, I truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to many other novels in the series!
Helen Harper is a godsend of an author her urban fantasy is fun and interesting and so British. I love it. Wishful Thinking focuses on Saffron, a faery who has just been given her dream job as a faery godmother only to discover five others have gone missing. As well as that the Devil's Advocate aka the top faery has taken an interest in her and is leaving her flustered. The characters in this are fun and the different types of faery. A lot of them are dicks but because of that some of the best characters are the unexpected ones and I like that. The romance between Saffron and Jasper was good but if could've done with a little more build up. There was some great flirting though. Plotwise there were some good twists and you really are glued to the book. Its a short read which means if feels like it flys by but the ending leaves you hungry for more. I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up as I seriously enjoyed her Slouch Witch series and honestly this book makes me eager to pick up some of her other work. Check it out if you're looking for something paranormal but with a chick-lit vibe.
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 Faery Godmothers. Saffron is the highest performing faery in her division, she cares for her charges and takes pride in helping them improve themselves but she dreams of more. Her fondest wish is to become a Faery Godmother. Someone should have reminded Saffron to be careful what you wish for; because you just might get it. You'd expect the Godmothers HQ to be a place of wonder staffed by big-hearted people whose main goal in life is to bring joy to their charges, right? Wrong. Imagine the crustiest bureaucracy possible. Add a cast of narcissistic debutantes with entitlement issues and the American Express Centurion cards to purchase anything their tiny little hearts desire. A stiff necked director. And a client data base that puts The Dewey Decimal system to shame and you have the basics. (for you millennial's, the dewey decimal system was the state of the art cataloging system back in the stone age before the advent of computers) Saffron can't wait to begin her new career. But first she first must: A) Find a way past the dragon (not a real dragon, but wouldn't that be cool?) who guards the entry. B) Pass muster with her new co-workers (Ha! Good luck with that sweetie) C) Make it through Orientation (Apparently it's thorough. It would be a lot easier if the tape would cooperate tho) My money's on Saffron. She is spunky and determined, with a can-do attitude and totally would have gotten the fished up tape to work; if that ear hadn't shown up. Yep, I said ear. Things aren't as they seem within The Faery Godmother's ranks. That's all the set-up you are getting from me. The rest you can find out for yourself. If you are a fan of para cozies and spunky heroines who sometimes can't get out of their own way, you are going to love this book. It's a little magical. A little silly. With fun characters and a whisper of romance. I flat out fell in love with Saffron. Circumstances do their best to crush her and she takes her lumps (and tattoos) like a professional. She doesn't let little things like uncooperative charges and vengeful creatures (no I'm not referring to her co-workers here) or hunky male superiors get in her way. I can't wait for the second one to issue. Hurry up October! Thank you to netgalley for giving me this review copy. These are my honest thoughts. #wishfulthinking(howtobethebestdamnfaerygodmotherintheworldordietrying)#netgalley