Granted ★★★☆☆

grantedIt was definitely an adorable idea, but the slow pacing really got to me.

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it.

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.

It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

I totally requested it because there’s a dog on the cover. Let me just get that confession out of the way. But I really did love the whimsy that Anderson painted for me.

At first, anyway.

After a little bit it felt too over the top. Part of Ophelia’s character is that she is so passionate about wish making that she has read every book–ever–on the subject, so that she can be prepared out in the real world. But when the time comes she is blown off course by an airplane (AKA long white tube of death). Her sudden ignorance really breaks with the character that had been set up thus far in the story.

I would rather have seen Ophelia have been an excellent wish granter, especially when it came to material things, and then learned to struggle with more immaterial needs throughout the book. But such was not the case.

I stopped reading roughly midway through when the pacing fell flat and I felt like I was forcing myself onward.

GRANTED PUBLISHES JAN 24, 2018
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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.