Author: Carol Maloney Scott
Title: Love Pixies
Genre(s): Science fiction & fantasy; Fantasy; Women's fiction; Magical realism
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Review: This book is like a modern day fairy tale. Scott's way of writing brings me back to the days when I read "Once upon a time..."; it was very refreshing to read a story that had such a different writing style from what we see in contemporary romance and women's novels, yet it was sweetly familiar and made me reminisce about my favorite princess and fairy stories. I think the relationship that the three young women have with one another makes this story even more special. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are all unique characters that have strengths and weaknesses that contributed to the plot and I enjoyed reading how each of them worked through their difficulties to grow. The concept of these young women becoming love pixies was really interesting and it was cool to see how it all played out. However, I think the way that they became love pixies was a little off kilter for me; I would have liked to see a little more skepticism or something from modern day women. It just seemed like the girls who already had very fruitful journeys lined up, decided to believe in magic without much thought. I also had a difficult time with one aspect of Scott's writing style in that she often left sentences of character's thoughts unfinished using dots (...). I found this extremely frustrating because I would some times know where the sentence was going, but other times I got lost in the sentence just dropping off. I understand the purpose of utilizing the dots sometimes, but it occurred much too frequently. Overall, I think this book is very sweet, magical, and fun. I recommend it to anyone looking for a charming read that will take you into a very different setting and thought process.
Book Description: "For three lifelong best friends, a college graduation trip to Ireland is supposed to be their last hurrah before starting their jobs, and taking on the stresses and responsibilities of adult life. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are on a mission to turn the Emerald Isle upside down…or at least wreak a little havoc, drink a wee bit too much, and kiss hunky Irish boys…before returning to their hometown of Chicago. When Rhiannon, a powerful fairy, pays a surprise visit to their adorable, thatched-roof rental cottage in County Clare, and persuades them to sign one-year Love Pixie contracts, their lives are drastically altered. Newly armed with fantastical superpowers, charmed necklaces, and the ability to turn ordinary substances into enchanted pixie dust, the girls join together to fight ‘love crime’ and help assigned couples on the brink of disaster build bridges back to happiness. It all sounds quite exciting, until they realize that learning how to use powerful magic is not only time consuming, overwhelming, and confusing – it’s not easy to hide from their family, co-workers, and most importantly – potential love interests. To complicate matters even more, the trio is repeatedly tempted by the fairy’s rebellious sister, Aideen, who challenges them to break the rules. Perhaps if they listen to the ‘bad fairy’ they can finish their assignment quicker...and get back to work…and play…before anyone is the wiser. However, the girls were raised to know that there are consequences to bad behavior – at least in the non-magical world. Afraid to ask if there is such a thing as magical jail, the two more sensible Pixies hope to rein in their most wayward partner - before their contracts are terminated...and their couple’s relationship implodes into a pile of ordinary dust."