Wednesday, January 4, 2012
JFic Review: Small Persons With Wings
Author: Ellen Booraem
Publisher: Dial (Jan 20, 2011)
Summary: Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. An evil temptress in disguise wants the magic too, and before she knows it, Mellie is turned into a frog, her grandfather is discovered alive, and her parents are trapped in an evil spell that only lets them see the truth (which can be awfully brutal). Thank goodness for Timmo - the cute boy next door - and Durindana, a fairy outcast, who help Mellie save the day and encourage her to loosen up her views on family, fairies, and friendship.
This is a hilarious, irreverent, and highly sarcastic take on fairies - who, by the way, just hate to be called fairies.
What a cute, fun take on fairies! Mellie is kind of prickly and untrusting to start our story - realizing that your parents were lying when they said that your fairy friend was imaginary can make a girl grumpy. She is loyal and hardworking, and does her best to deal with her flighty parents and rude grandfather, as well as a whole passel of rather testy Small Persons with Wings. The plot gets a bit mired in places, but on the whole I enjoyed this fluffy contemporary fantasy.