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I know I already reviewed The Reluctant Godfather, but I’m reviewing it again. This one is a full-length review as part of Allison Tebo’s blog tour for her new novella. You can enter the giveaway here.
Allison Tebo is a Christian homeschool graduate in her mid-twenties, who works part time as a sales associate for a major transportation company. A graduate of London Art College, Allison pursues avenues in cartooning and illustrating as well as singing and voice acting. In her spare time she writes and blogs at www.allisonswell.com.
It is her goal to write fiction that appeals to many different kind of people, by writing clean, classic fun. Her faith in Christ directly influences all she writes about – or does not write about. Whether the story possesses a strong message or is simply fun and imaginative fiction – her desire is to bring honor to God – and to provide quality stories for everyone to enjoy.
Title: The Reluctant Godfather
Author: Allison Tebo
Series: Tales of Ambia, 1
Genre: fairytale retelling (light fantasy)
Publisher: Allison Tebo
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
A humorous and magical re-telling of Cinderella from a unique perspective.
Burndee is a young and cantankerous fairy godfather, who would rather bake cakes than help humans. A disgrace to the fairy order, Burndee has only two wards entrusted to his care…a cinder girl and a charming prince.
A royal ball presents Burndee with the brilliant solution of how to make his wards happy with the least amount of effort. He’ll arrange a meeting and hope the two fall in love.
I got this book on a free day, and I was so excited! I’d really been looking forward to reading it. A retelling of Cinderella from the perspective of the Fairy Godfather? Sign me up! Then I skim-read it again (although it was hard; I really wanted to just settle in and enjoy it!) so I could rewrite this review. I’m going to have to read it again sometime sooner or later … it’s really that good!
The Reluctant Godfather is a fantastic story. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. It was hilarious, causing me to laugh aloud several times. Allison’s writing style is unique and engaging. It’s light and just a bit silly, but completely self-aware and quite clever.
The characters were amazing. Burndee was especially awesome with Ella running a close second. Colin … I am a little irritated with him. Mostly because I think all Colins should be amazing. *shrugs* It’s a weird quirk …
Though, in hindsight, I guess Colin wasn’t terrible. He was irritating, though. Sometimes I was like, “Colin … I’m going to strangle you … and I don’t think anyone’s going to try to stop me …”
I can’t tell you all the amazing twists and turns of the plot without giving away spoilers, so I’ll just say that this retelling leaves no cliché unaddressed. Sometimes I thought, “Oh, well, that’s gonna be a little cliché …” and it turned out so creative! It’s truly a work of genius. And it’s really funny. What’s not to love? I honestly can’t stop raving about it.
I’m not going to rant on about the amazingness of this book forever, but you must read it! Really. Get yourself a copy.
In closing, I just want to say: Allison. I MUST READ THE SEQUEL AAAAH!!! More Ella and Burndee and maybe even Colin … *squeals*
Have you read this book? Are you going to? Did you check out the giveaway and other blog posts? What are your thoughts on fairytale retellings?
Today I decided to post an excerpt of The New Diary. This is my personal favorite scene … and one of the author’s favorites, too!
“I could use that piece of angel food cake left over from supper,” Carol agreed. She opened the door, and started for the kitchen.
“Carol! Wait!” Pete hissed, causing Carol to turn around.
“We need to have a plan. In case those People catch us,” Pete’s whisper turned mysterious and mischievous.
Ethel giggled, and Pete shushed her.
“We need to be very quiet. Any unnecessary noise will bring the People in here, and ruin the raid,” Pete cautioned.
“If we’re going on a raid, we need to have code names,” advised Margaret, joining in the game.
“Okay, well, that’s easy. I’m Crackum. And Pete’s Pete,” Carol said. Crackum was Carol’s old nickname.
“Pete’s not a code name,” replied Pete. “I’ll be Repeat.”
Pete’s sisters burst into giggles. “Shh! You’ll wake the People!” Pete hissed. But Carol could tell that Pete was trying to hide a smile.
Maggie also saw the hidden grin, and renewed her laughter, and so Carol and Ethel laughed again. All the giggling finally made Pete laugh, which brought fresh rounds of mirth.
When the girls finally sobered, Pete resumed her instructions.
“Okay, I’m taking roll call. Captain Repeat?” Pete looked around, and said “Here.”
Ethel snorted, but the rest were able to refrain from laughing while Ethel regained her composure.
“Right here, in front of you,” replied Carol.
Margaret burst into giggles, and the girls were helpless with laughter for another two minutes.
Finally, Pete cleared her throat. “Peg?”
“If that’s my code name, I’m here,” Maggie replied.
At the mention of her nickname, Ethel stepped forward and saluted. “Here, Captain Repeat.”
“All right, here’s the plan. We enter the kitchen on tip-toe. This is how you walk on tip-toe.” Pete demonstrated. “Then, Captain Repeat- Oh, that’s me!- silently opens the pantry. She takes out the food, and gives it to Crackum. Meanwhile, Peg and Snooks find silverware and plates. Is that clear?” Pete then added, “And one more thing: no loud talking or laughing.”
Carol, Maggie, and Ethel immediately disobeyed the last rule by laughing. It was another five minutes before they executed the plan.
“Wait, we forgot an important detail,” Maggie said. “What food shall we take?”
“Well, Crackum wanted angel food cake, and I want raisin bread,” Pete replied. “Do you want anything else?”
“Nope, not really.”
So they put the plan into action. The girls tiptoed into the kitchen. Carol tried hard not to laugh, as she followed Captain Repeat to the pantry in the dark. She was sure Maggie and Ethel were also forcing themselves to keep silent. Carol was glad for the dark; she couldn’t see the others’ faces.
“Crackum?” Pete felt for Carol’s hands, and then shoved a loaf of bread into them. Then she hissed, “Peg? Snooks? Have you finished your mission?”
Margaret’s whisper came through the dark kitchen. “With all due respect, Captain… I can’t find the silverware drawer.”
Carol couldn’t hold it back. She burst into giggles, and laughed so hard, tears streamed down her face.
Of course, Maggie and Ethel had been on the verge of laughing, too, so they soon fell to the floor, laughing and gasping for air.
Carol heard Pete gasp like a real captain might do when a mission failed, but she succumbed to the humor of the situation, and laughed right along with them.
But then, a lamp light moved toward the kitchen. Mother’s oil lamp lit up the kitchen, and she skeptically viewed the howling girls. “What is going on in here?” she exclaimed.
Pete regained her composure first, so she tried to explain. The giggling of her sisters interrupted her many times.
“You see,” she said, “We were hungry, and wanted some food.”
Snorts from Ethel and Carol brought frowns from Pete. Margaret still lay on the floor catching her breath.
“And you didn’t bring a light because…?” Mother inquired.
“That would have been too easy, I suppose,” Carol said. She quickly added, “It’s all Pete’s fault, Mother.”
“I see,” Mother shook her head wearily. “Well, did you find everything you wanted in the dark?”
“No, because Margaret couldn’t find-” Carol broke off, as Margaret and Ethel started laughing; it was contagious.
Pete tried. “She couldn’t find the-” and she failed.
Mother folded her arms. She failed to see the humor, so Margaret hurried to finish the sentence. “I couldn’t find the silverware!” she burst out, before she convulsed into more giggles.
Mother shook her head, and left them to find the silverware in the lighted kitchen.
The girls ate their fill, then went to bed. In spite of the darkness in the house, Carol found a lamp, and wrote the events of the day in her diary. She smiled and chuckled, not too loud for she didn’t want to disturb Maggie, as she recalled their silly antics, just an hour ago.
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Thanks for reading and God bless,
Welcome to an author interview Amanda Tero agreed to do with me on Reveries Reviews for the blog tour she’s doing to release her novella, Befriending the Beast. You can find it on Goodreads and Amazon now! 🙂
Welcome to Reveries Reviews, Amanda Tero! It’s great to have you today! Could you tell the readers a little bit about Befriending the Beast?
I’m glad to “be” here, Kellyn!
Befriending the Beast is a non-magical, Christian retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It has quite a drastic twist, though: what if, the beast was Belle’s father? She has returned home to gain favor with her father, and only has a few months in which to do it. When her father refuses to see her, she must hope against hope that something will happen to change his heart.
What is the main character, Belle, like?
Belle is spontaneous, warm, tender-hearted, and lovable (well, for me she’s lovable — guess my other readers will have to decide for themselves).
Definitely spontaneous! She reminded me a bit of myself in that …
Where did the idea for Befriending the Beast come from?
One night I was sitting with my sisters watching a random movie, and the single question came to mind: “What if the beast was Belle’s father?” I seriously wasn’t thinking about rewriting fairy-tales and we weren’t watching anything like it either.
God-inspired, perhaps? 🙂
At any point during the writing, did you have the soundtrack from the Disney movie running through your head?
Haha! You know, I’m not sure… if I did, it’s because one of my younger sisters loves playing “Beauty and the Beast” (the song) on the piano, and was definitely playing it the weeks that I wrote. 🙂
Tale as old as time …
What is the world Befriending the Beast is set in like?
It is a fictional medieval setting. You actually don’t see much of the outside world, because Belle has chosen to return to the castle — and in a way, has chosen confinement. There is a lot about her castle and garden, though!
Yes, I loved the descriptions of the garden! 🙂
How has Befriending the Beast changed since you started writing it, if at all?
Oh, it has definitely changed! My author friend, A.M. Heath (look her up, she writes amazing Civil War novels!) kept pushing me to “keep the time-bomb ticking.” What started out to be just a sweet story changed to be one that makes readers edgy to find out what happens next. I definitely went from putting Belle into a sad situation to making her downright stressed and uncomfortable (in a good way!).
Yep, there’s nothing more annoying than a sad character who just mopes about! I like to see them pacing! 😉
What takes up most of your days?
Wow… um… every day is different, so this one is hard to answer! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I teach piano and violin all day (I have 23 students). On my “off” days, I am either arranging music, working on writing, doing graphics design, doing music with my family, and a collage of other things. Most recently, I’ve done some Louisiana flood relief work.
Wow, lots of work!
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Preferably iced. 😉
Pen or pencil?
Hmm… both! I love using a pencil, but I also like the colored G2 pens.
Handwritten or typed-up?
Typed. My fingers can fly about as fast as my brain on the keyboard… but not so much wrapped around a writing utensil.
I know what you mean; I feel the same way … only my computer is too slow for my fingers … 😛
Fiction or nonfiction?
Another hard one. I prefer a balance of both. 🙂
Is there anything you’d like to go back in time and tell yourself a year ago (writing-related or not-writing-related)?
Well, life-related: be sure that all you do is for the glory of God. It is very easy to let ulterior motives slip in, so stay on the guard!
Well, thanks for being here with us today, Amanda! God bless and happy writing! 🙂