"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. 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. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after". But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, Kendall doesn't want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings." (summary from author's website)
I really enjoyed the voice of the main character in this one. Ash is a likable male protagonist and I love the humor that was involved in making him a fairy godmother. It is fun to watch him grow as a character as he comes to care about people instead of just completing his assignments. The ending was a little rushed in some parts, but introduces some very interesting conflicts for the sequel. I also really liked the world that the author created. It feels like fairy tale retellings are female centric these days so it was interesting to see how the author made a place in the clichés for a real teenage guy characters. Overall, I really did enjoy this light-hearted, humorous fantasy story, and thought it was really fun to read.
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