25 June 2009


Authoress: Carolyn Turgeon
Pages: 288
Genre: Adult Fiction

Condensed: Lil is a sweet little old lady who works in a used book store. Or so it seems. In truth she's an exiled fairy who lost her job centuries ago for failing to unite Cinderella and Prince Charming. Why did she fail to unite the two destined lovers? 'Cause little miss decided to go to the the ball in Cindy's place! Apparently a major "no no" in fairy land. The result? She was banished from everything she knows and everyone she loves. Sent to live among the humans and forced to hide her wings she lives this drab solitary life until she meets a quirky hairstylist with a zest for life and a knack for picking losers. Suddenly she realizes she's been given a second chance at redemption. If she can find this modern day New Yorker Cinderella a prince, maybe (just maybe) the fairy elders will let her return.

My take: I loved the concept of this story but not the execution. The story took a turn in the end that I simply could not digest. However, I did enjoy the journey. Carolyn Turgeon writes in my favorite literary style: magical realism. She couples this magic with delicious descriptions that are so vivid you can almost taste the words. In this aspect she reminds me of a modern day female Gabriel Garcia Marquez. So while I didn't love the book I do think it would make an excellent film. Preferably directed by someone known for using fierce colors like Tim Burton.

Romance-o-meter: Low on the romance but it does have some juicy moments.

Adventure-o-meter: Light.
Kiddie-o-meter: Due to a strong dose of sensuality I'm going to say it's more suited for older teens. There's no sex, violence, or social commentary. There are some hints to violence but it's never explained or described.

My rating: 3 stars

Worth-a-read?: Check it out from the library first and decide for your self. But take your time reading it. The words are really delish. While I have no interest in owning this book I could totally see my self re-reading certain sections just to relish in her word usage.

Share worthy: "But I could not look away from him. I was sure he would taste of peach juice and dew. Figs plucked straight off the tree."

Final say: See how vivid her descriptions are? I'm totally craving figs after typing that.

About Me & Tales of Whimsy

Last updated 08.28.2014

Welcome to Tales of Whimsy. Tales of Whimsy was born in the summer of 2009 as a place for me to share my thoughts on fantastical books. There's still a special place in my heart for magical realism. Since then Tales of Whimsy has grown and evolved with me to encompass focusing on the sweet whimsical little things in everyday life. You can expect to find me catching and releasing whimsy, occasionally discussing books, and often sharing random loveliness or mamahood musings.

I am a happily married stay-at-home suburban mama, laundry ninja, minivan driver, and book lover. My little girl was born in the winter of 2011 and while she'll always be my baby, I now refer to her as Little Miss Whimsy. When I'm not hanging out with her, I am usually stealing a moment with a book or daydreaming.

I can usually be found holding a giant Mason jar of sugar-free lemonade or tea while wearing black yoga pants even though I don't do yoga. I like to keep it real but I also like to keep it happy. I never ever leave the house without lipstick and sunglasses. I love God and living simply. I have puffy hair. I'm on a mission to make vegetables delicious. I was frugal way before it was cool to be. I actually enjoy pulling weeds. I'm addicted to earthy pastel colors, natural fabrics and elements, learning the bible, stevia, gray, impromptu kitchen dance parties, flip flops, nature photography, and food/comedy/game shows. I believe prayer, stretching, and tea always help. I heart kisses, giggles, and snuggles from my little girl and I can't wait to read, twirl, cook, stargaze, and find shapes in fluffy clouds with her. I am a happy crier. I have a huge heart. I am constantly misunderstood. I am sassy and saucy but totally a softy on the inside. 

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24 June 2009

Audiobook Archive

Last updated 09.15.14.


A Bride in the Bargain written by Deeanne Gist, narrated by Linda Stephens
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty written and narrated by Joshilyn Jackson
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses written by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
About Average written by Andrew Clements, narrated by Celia Keenan-Bolger
Airborn written by Kenneth Oppel, narrated by a various narrators
Anna Dressed in Blood written by Kendare Blake, narrated by August Ross
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick written by Joe Schreiber, narrated by Steven Boyer
Austenland written by Shannon Hale, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

City of Dark Magic written by Magnus Flyte, narrated by Natalie Gold
Click-Clack the Rattlebag written and narrated by Neil Gaiman
Coraline written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

Dead Men Kill written by L. Ron Hubbard, narrated by various narrators
Driving Mr. Dead written by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi

Girls of Nightmares written by Kendare Blake, narrated by August Ross

Heaven is for Real written by Todd Burpo, with Lynn Vincent, narrated by Dean Gallagher

I Love You More written by Jennifer Murphy, narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and Danny Campbell
Ida B and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World written by Katherine Hannigan, narrated by Lili Taylor
I'm No Angel: From Victoria Secret Model to Role Model written by Kylie Bisutti, narrated by Amy Rubinate
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) written and narrated by Mindy Kaling


Liar & Spy written by Rebecca Stead, narrated by Jesse Bernstein
Lucy in the Sky written and narrated by John Vorhaus

Midnight in Austenland written by Shannon Hale, narrated by Stina Nielsen
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore written by Robin Sloan, narrated by Ari Fliakos
The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place written by Maryrose Wood, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

On the Island written by Tracey Garvis Graves, narrated by Heidi Baker


Problem at Pollensa Bay and Seven Other Mysteries written by Agatha Christie, narrated by Jonathan Cecil

Savvy written by Ingrid Law, narrated by Lily Blau
Stories I Only Tell My Friends written and narrated by Rob Lowe
Succubus Blues written by Richelle Mead, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers

The Body in the Library written by Agatha Christie, narrated by Stephanie Cole

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires written by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
The Christmas Secret written and narrated by Donna VanLiere
The Descendants written by Kaui Hart Hemmings, narrated by Jonathan Davis
The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde, narrated by James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, Christopher Neame, and Matthew Wolf
The Language of Flowers written by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, narrated by Tara Sands
The Name of the Star written by Maureen Johnson, narrated by Nicola Barber
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda written by Tom Angleberge, narrated by various narrators
The Wedding Dress written by Rachel Hauck, narrated by Eleni Pappageorge
Three Times Lucky written by Sheila Turnage, narrated by Michal Friedman

Undead Sublet written by Molly Harper, narrated by Sophie Eastlake

White Cat written by Holly Black, narrated by Jesse Eisenberg
Witches of East End written by Melissa de la Cruz, narrated by Katie Schorr

Book Archive

Last updated 05.15.14.
























Unreviewed Book and Audiobook Archive

Last updated 09.15.14.

  • A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears | 4 stars
  • A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge | 4 stars
  • Better Homes and Hauntings written by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi | 4 stars
  • God is Able by Priscilla Shirer | 4.5 stars
  • How to Run With a Naked Werewolf written by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi | 4 stars
  • In Between by Jenny B. Jones | 4 stars
  • Inescapable written by Nancy Mehl, narrated by Brooke Sanford Heldman | 3 stars
  • Iscariot by Tosca Lee | 1 star
  • Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones  | 4 stars
  • Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears  | 4 stars
  • The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line written by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, narrated by Kristen Bell | 4 stars
  • To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel | 5 stars
  • Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green | 4 stars
  • Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes | 4.5 stars
  • When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell | 3 stars

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Last updated 04.22.2014

Please note: At this time, Tales of Whimsy.com is no longer accepting books nor audiobooks for review.


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For bloggers:
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