by G.F. Miller
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Publishing Date: January 5, 2021
Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.
But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?
Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?
G.F. Miller can write 80,000-word novels, but ask her to sit down and write 250 true and meaningful words about herself and she is likely to have an existential crisis. Who am I, really? She ponders. What do I want to be known for? Does anyone even read the back flap or visit author websites? But eventually she will pull herself together and tell you that…She married her college sweetheart and is mom to three littles who routinely make her heart burst and her head explode (it’s a messy business, love). There are puppies big and small residing at her house (you’ll be seeing a lot of them if you follow her on Instagram). She’s been to a dozen countries, but not nearly as many as she would like. She loves learning all the things. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party. While the stories she has brewing in her soul vary wildly from one another, there are three things they will always have in common: love, snappy dialogue, and happy endings.
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So, a book about fairy godmothers! Who would’ve thunk, eh?
Glimpsed follows the story of Charity, a teen fairy godmother who performs her godmotherly duties while juggling high school. When her side hustle is discovered by a boy who wants her to be his own godmother as well, will she be able to do justice to the feelings of her Cinderellas as well as her own?
This was a really fresh take on the godmother concept, and I was super intrigued by the whole premise of the book. There were a bunch of concepts I really liked, the way Charity would get glimpses of her ‘Cindies’ and therefore would realise that this is the individual she is supposed to help. The love story is also adorable, and we get to see a lovely friendship between the two before they get into a proper relationship.
I did have a few qualms with the book, particularly with the style of writing and the plot. The writing felt choppy and off paced at times, and the plot was riddled with twists and turns. Now, I love a good twist as much as the girl next door, but there were one too many in this book. However, I did enjoy the dynamic between Charity and her grandmother.
Overall, this was a great one time read for me! If you’re into fairytales, you can certainly pick this book up.