Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World Or Die Trying #1)
Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work… Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one. Desperate to prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan. Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen? Wishful Thinking is the first book in the refreshingly original How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World (or Die Trying) urban fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, enchanting spins on old tales, and clever twists and turns, then you’ll love Helen Harper’s captivating story.

Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World Or Die Trying #1) Details

TitleWishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World Or Die Trying #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 26th, 2019
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Fairies, Fae

Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World Or Die Trying #1) Review

  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper can be classified as an urban fantasy and as a supernatural suspense novel. It is the first book in a new series by this author and is set in the UK.Our protagonist, Saffron Sawyer, is a dope faery (the lowest job classification for faeries), but she aspires to be a Faery Godmother which is viewed as an elite position and is often hereditary. Surprisingly, Saffron is given the opportunity to become a Faery Godmother. With this premise, the story is off and runnin Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper can be classified as an urban fantasy and as a supernatural suspense novel. It is the first book in a new series by this author and is set in the UK.Our protagonist, Saffron Sawyer, is a dope faery (the lowest job classification for faeries), but she aspires to be a Faery Godmother which is viewed as an elite position and is often hereditary. Surprisingly, Saffron is given the opportunity to become a Faery Godmother. With this premise, the story is off and running.Saffron wants to be the best Faery Godmother ever, but the real situation makes this difficult. While this is a fantasy, it deals with some deeper topics ranging from bullying to deceit to nepotism to drugs to kidnappings. Saffron is determined to prevent any more kidnappings.This novel is original, has a superb heroine, and a great set of secondary characters. There are some twists and turns, a mystery, a little comedy and even a little romance. (By the way, a drug faerie works to keep their clients from moving on to more dangerous drugs and, if possible, get them to go into rehab).This is a relatively fast-paced novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it except that there was some excessive swearing in it that I felt detracted from the storyline. If that had been eliminated, it would have been a 5 star rating for me. This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to book two.Many tanks to Harperfire, BookBuzz.net, Helen Harper and Net Galley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.Release date: 08/26/2019Review published on NetGalley and Goodreads: 07/24/2019.Review to be added on Amazon and Books-a-Million upon release.Review to be added to Bookbub.com when book is added there.
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  • Al *the semi serial series skipper*
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received this book courtesy of Netgallery and Haperfire in exchange for an honest review***I liked Saffron and enjoyed the mystery but other than that this book fell flat for me. There was something missing. I like this author and I have reread the Slouch Witch series more than twice so I don't know what it is. I'll check out the next book, I hope there is some improvement.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, fanciful and filled with Fairies.Saffron is a faery who dreams of belonging to the faery godmother team. When she finds herself in her dream job she uncovers that sometimes dream jobs aren’t all they are cracked up to be.When her co-workers go missing, Saffron together with a band of her friends and a sexy devil’s advocate must uncover who is behind the missing Faery Godmothers before Saffron herself falls victim. But doing so might upturn everything the faeries have believed about themselv Fun, fanciful and filled with Fairies.Saffron is a faery who dreams of belonging to the faery godmother team. When she finds herself in her dream job she uncovers that sometimes dream jobs aren’t all they are cracked up to be.When her co-workers go missing, Saffron together with a band of her friends and a sexy devil’s advocate must uncover who is behind the missing Faery Godmothers before Saffron herself falls victim. But doing so might upturn everything the faeries have believed about themselves and others.Wishful Thinking is filled with a spunky crew, that rely heavily on the humor to get them through the situation. Likeable characters with laugh out loud moments immerse the reader in a wacky but captivating adventure.I received this ARC copy of Wishful Thinking from Harperfire. This is my honest and voluntary review. Wishful Thinking is set for publication Aug. 26, 2019.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Helen HarperSeries: How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) (Book 1)Paperback: 299 pagesPublisher: Helen Harper (August 25, 2019)ISBN-10: 1913116220ISBN-13: 978-1913116224Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wishful-Thinki...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish...
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    I guess when we think about Faery Godmothers we imagine genial , white haired, mature ladies who wear spectacles above their rosy cheeks. Well Saffron is young, has brown uncontrollably curly hair and tons of attitude. Oh and did I mention she's the newest recruit to the Faery Godmothers ? It's just too bad that she has been set up to be bait as they struggle to find out just why so many have been abducted ! Saffron is yet another character that this author easily brings to life. She's capable, I guess when we think about Faery Godmothers we imagine genial , white haired, mature ladies who wear spectacles above their rosy cheeks. Well Saffron is young, has brown uncontrollably curly hair and tons of attitude. Oh and did I mention she's the newest recruit to the Faery Godmothers ? It's just too bad that she has been set up to be bait as they struggle to find out just why so many have been abducted ! Saffron is yet another character that this author easily brings to life. She's capable, smart and loyal and it just so happens that her dream is to become a member of the elite Faery Godmothers. Imagine her excitement, her deep joy when she steps through those hallowed doors only to discover that she not only has to prove herself but isn't really wanted there ! It's just as well that no matter what goes wrong Saffron is the most doggedly determined Faery Godmother they have ever seen !It's very easy to like Saffron and she's written as a character who genuinely cares about other people. Yes I could say that occasionally she's irreverent and her mouth gets the better of her but it only made her feel more real. The supporting characters added just enough to help bring this world to life but obviously the real crux of this story is just exactly why are Faery Godmothers going missing ? No spoilers here so all I can say is I enjoyed this story and look forward to more set in this world. I'd perhaps like a tad more world building and explanations about the magic but I thought the human interest story that run through this was beautifully done. All in all an entertaining read and one that frequently made me smile.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Helen Harper’s books, and I’m constantly amazed at how creative she is with her world building. This book is no exception. It’s such an interesting concept, the whole idea of faery godmothers. And Saffron is a terrific heroine. She is determined and sassy—two traits I happen to adore. I also love the relationship between Saffron and her love interest, and the mystery plot was well- developed. Can’t wait for the next one in the series. It will be a definite buy for me!I received a I always enjoy Helen Harper’s books, and I’m constantly amazed at how creative she is with her world building. This book is no exception. It’s such an interesting concept, the whole idea of faery godmothers. And Saffron is a terrific heroine. She is determined and sassy—two traits I happen to adore. I also love the relationship between Saffron and her love interest, and the mystery plot was well- developed. Can’t wait for the next one in the series. It will be a definite buy for me!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Harperfire for this arc.This was a fun read for me. Imagine a gang of cranky fairies in a mash-up of The Office and Mean Girls!Saffron (a fairy) thought all her dreams had come true when she was recruited for employment by the Office/Guild of Fairy Godmothers.... Let the good times roll! The pacing of the story was nicely balanced between hectic action and Saffron taking time-out to think/plan ahead for what ever came next. Unfortunately for Saffron, most of her actions w Thank you NetGalley and Harperfire for this arc.This was a fun read for me. Imagine a gang of cranky fairies in a mash-up of The Office and Mean Girls!Saffron (a fairy) thought all her dreams had come true when she was recruited for employment by the Office/Guild of Fairy Godmothers.... Let the good times roll! The pacing of the story was nicely balanced between hectic action and Saffron taking time-out to think/plan ahead for what ever came next. Unfortunately for Saffron, most of her actions were actually thoughtless reactions. And the good times just kept coming!I thought it was all the characters/caricatures that made this such a fun read. I found them to be mostly immediately recognizable and relatable, especially Saffron. While I had to put the book down a couple of times (What's for dinner? and other interruptions), I was easily able to pick it back up where I had left off reading. A great read for a really hot summer day (too hot to have to think).4.0 stars
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  • Nancy D Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun! Helen Harper has done it again. I laughed my butt off and was sorry when it ended because I have to wait until at least October for my next Saffron fix If the words Faery Godmother brings to mind images of sweet little old gray haired ladies with easy smiles and gentle words; you my friend have another thought coming. In Helen Harper's world there are a lot faerys. A whole hierarchy of fairies. Luck faerys, rainbow faerys, a faery for any occasion. And at the top of the heap are The So much fun! Helen Harper has done it again. I laughed my butt off and was sorry when it ended because I have to wait until at least October for my next Saffron fix If the words Faery Godmother brings to mind images of sweet little old gray haired ladies with easy smiles and gentle words; you my friend have another thought coming. In Helen Harper's world there are a lot faerys. A whole hierarchy of fairies. Luck faerys, rainbow faerys, a faery for any occasion. And at the top of the heap are The Faery Godmothers. Saffron is the highest performing faery in her division, she cares for her charges and takes pride in helping them improve themselves but she dreams of more. Her fondest wish is to become a Faery Godmother.Someone should have reminded Saffron to be careful what you wish for; because you just might get it. You'd expect the Godmothers HQ to be a place of wonder staffed by big-hearted people whose main goal in life is to bring joy to their charges, right?Wrong.Imagine the crustiest bureaucracy possible. Add a cast of narcissistic debutantes with entitlement issues and the American Express Centurion cards to purchase anything their tiny little hearts desire. A stiff necked director. And a client data base that puts The Dewey Decimal system to shame and you have the basics. (for you millennial's, the dewey decimal system was the state of the art cataloging system back in the stone age before the advent of computers) Saffron can't wait to begin her new career. But first she first must: A) Find a way past the dragon (not a real dragon, but wouldn't that be cool?) who guards the entry. B) Pass muster with her new co-workers (Ha! Good luck with that sweetie) C) Make it through Orientation (Apparently it's thorough. It would be a lot easier if the tape would cooperate tho) My money's on Saffron. She is spunky and determined, with a can-do attitude and totally would have gotten the fished up tape to work; if that ear hadn't shown up. Yep, I said ear. Things aren't as they seem within The Faery Godmother's ranks.That's all the set-up you are getting from me. The rest you can find out for yourself. If you are a fan of para cozies and spunky heroines who sometimes can't get out of their own way, you are going to love this book. It's a little magical. A little silly. With fun characters and a whisper of romance.I flat out fell in love with Saffron. Circumstances do their best to crush her and she takes her lumps (and tattoos) like a professional. She doesn't let little things like uncooperative charges and vengeful creatures (no I'm not referring to her co-workers here) or hunky male superiors get in her way. I can't wait for the second one to issue. Hurry up October!Thank you to netgalley for giving me this review copy. These are my honest thoughts. #wishfulthinking(howtobethebestdamnfaerygodmotherintheworldordietrying)#netgalley
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.3.5 starsHelen Harper has been on my radar for several months now—everyone seems to love her Slouch Witch series. So when I spotted this first book in a new series it seemed like a good time to see what all the fuss was about. And what could be more fun than a fairy godmother?But when we first meet Saffron she’s working as a Dope Fairy. They control the hallucinations of people who are high. Saffron cl Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher.3.5 starsHelen Harper has been on my radar for several months now—everyone seems to love her Slouch Witch series. So when I spotted this first book in a new series it seemed like a good time to see what all the fuss was about. And what could be more fun than a fairy godmother?But when we first meet Saffron she’s working as a Dope Fairy. They control the hallucinations of people who are high. Saffron claims to be helping people overcome their fears and preventing them from progressing to harder drugs, but I felt like that was a lot to unpack for the first two chapters. The experience does prove useful in the end though.When Saffron is offered her dream job as a Fairy Godmother, she jumps at the chance. They’re revered throughout the fairy world. But the reality is more like The Office than Cinderella. Good thing I love stories about supernatural bureaucracy! This world reminded me of Hannah Jayne’s Underworld Detection Agency series in that respect.Saffron’s co-workers look down on her for her lack of pedigree, as well as her past as a Dope Fairy and her unruly hair. Even worse, she discovers she was hired not for her magical skills but to be bait for a kidnapper. Several Fairy Godmothers have gone missing recently.Saffron resolves to win over her new co-workers by finding the missing fairies. She’s joined by the most powerful fairy in England, the Devil’s Advocate, who’s something like a representative from the home office sent in to audit the department. I liked him and his powers, but I wish Harper had gone into more detail about his job. Do the fairies ultimately report to the devil? Hopefully later books in the series will explain.Wishful Thinking doesn’t have much of a romance plot, but the potential is there. I’m interested in Saffron’s love interest and look forward to seeing where it goes. Book two is only two months away so I won’t have long to wait.Ultimately, I didn’t love Wishful Thinking, but I feel like the series has potential. I’d like to see which other supernatural species inhabit Saffron’s world and learn more about the Fairy bureaucracy. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book.
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  • Helen Wawrejko
    January 1, 1970
    Nice mystery with missing faerie godmothers, a hot Devils Advocate, and funky "godmothers" to rainbows and druggies. The first several chapters nearly lost me to a DNF, but trudging on it came together for a good read. There were a lot of grammatical errors that hopefully will be addressed before publication. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Rebecca Goss
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this mystery involving fairy godmothers. And the Devil’s Advocate was intriguing and attractive. The characters were funny and creative. We’ve all worked with people like those in the office, whether or not they are fairies. Saffron is so full of adventure and sass that I wish I were more like her.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. It is funny, has some mystery and romance to it as well as supernatural. The characters are enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book. #WishfulThinking #NetGalley
  • Laura Young
    January 1, 1970
    🧚♀ BOOK REVIEW 🧚♀Well what a surprise this little gem was!! Such a fresh take on the world of faerie! As always no spoilers. The storyline is quick with great humour and wit. Saffron, the main character, is a total optimist who is also a total clown at times but I couldn’t help but love her. It’s a complete hybrid of fantasy meets thriller/crime novel. Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way and nothing too far fetched. I really enjoyed it! A light, easygoing read. Great writ 🧚‍♀️ BOOK REVIEW 🧚‍♀️Well what a surprise this little gem was!! Such a fresh take on the world of faerie! As always no spoilers. The storyline is quick with great humour and wit. Saffron, the main character, is a total optimist who is also a total clown at times but I couldn’t help but love her. It’s a complete hybrid of fantasy meets thriller/crime novel. Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way and nothing too far fetched. I really enjoyed it! A light, easygoing read. Great writing style and use of language. It’s also set in the UK which I loved being a Brit myself. A complete joy to read!==================Thanks to @netgalley & Harperfire publishing for allowing me to read this
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  • Brennan
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review** I wanted to like this book so much. A Dope Faery, who helps addicts stay safe through her magic, changing careers to become a Faery Godmother??!! I mean, doesn't that sound like an awesome premise? Not to mention, the added intrigue and mystery of abductions and an off workplace. This book had all the makings of being fun, fantastical, witty, and nail biting. But in the end, I found it deeply unsympathetic and to **I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review** I wanted to like this book so much. A Dope Faery, who helps addicts stay safe through her magic, changing careers to become a Faery Godmother??!! I mean, doesn't that sound like an awesome premise? Not to mention, the added intrigue and mystery of abductions and an off workplace. This book had all the makings of being fun, fantastical, witty, and nail biting. But in the end, I found it deeply unsympathetic and topical. For one thing, the characters were hard to relate to. I know that Saffron is supposed to be a confident, intelligent, caution to the winds faery. But instead of relating to her or admiring her tenacity or even begrudgingly appreciating her dares, I mostly felt annoyed with her. The story never went deep enough to sympathize with her struggles, her goals, her wins, or her failures. She was literally the manic pixie dream girl. The mean girl characters also lacked depth to them. Their snide comments definitely made for a hostile work environment. But by the third chapter of comments about hair, familial names, who stole whose mug, I couldn't bear to read about them anymore. There was no evolution of character for these mean girls. I did appreciate the Devil's Advocate idea. I thought that was a really interesting Faery. But again, the lack of depth left him feeling empty. His comments were supposed to be simultaneously alluring and intimidating, instead they were somewhat provocative at best, adolescent at worst. The plot takes you through the abductions of Faery Godmothers. There is some interesting world building with unique tensions between Faery factions. I enjoyed the bits of Faery history, the unique magics, the critical stance on plutocracy in Faery. Again, however, I felt like more could have been done. The world building, the characters, and the plot never went deep enough to erase the silly feeling of reading about Faery Godmothers drinking. The story never entranced me enough so I didn't stop to think about how silly I felt while reading the book. I think the bones of the story are good. I think there is great potential. I have hope that the second book , and beyond, really take the story and flush it out so that there is depth, there is intrigue. Ultimately, I want to read the book and be pulled into the universe. I want to connect with the characters. I want to feel the plot moving. But for me to take the story seriously, the story has to be written seriously.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is the first book in a new series called How to Be the Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (or Die Trying).Basic premise: Saffron is a dope faery. She tries to assist those with drug and alcohol problems by giving them guidance. They won’t remember she was there but just know that they have hit a turning point in their life and it leads them to recovery. Her dream job is being a Faery Godmother. When she is called up to this job one day, the office didn’t have the spirit of what 4.5 StarsThis is the first book in a new series called How to Be the Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (or Die Trying).Basic premise: Saffron is a dope faery. She tries to assist those with drug and alcohol problems by giving them guidance. They won’t remember she was there but just know that they have hit a turning point in their life and it leads them to recovery. Her dream job is being a Faery Godmother. When she is called up to this job one day, the office didn’t have the spirit of what one would imagine a whole department of faery godmother’s would emit. Everyone seems stressed and overworked. Come to find out, a number of faery godmother’s have gone missing. Now Saffron is there. Not to learn the ins and outs of being a number one faery godmother, but to become bait for a kidnapper or maybe a killer.This was a cute book. It is not my usual genre but I truly enjoyed it, especially the parts with the Devil’s Advocate and Saffron. I am glad this is going to be a series so I can see how this whole relationship will develop between them because… you know there is going to be one in the future. I mean, that kiss alone could conjure up the theory.This faery godmother clan didn’t seem to have the vibe of what I imagine a happy go lucky FG would have. They seemed downright mean and catty. That made me root for Saffron. Not sure why the fairies were put into classes of who is better than whom. If you ask me, Saffron may have had what they deemed a lowly position but she was doing important work in the world.I look forward to seeing how this whole world plays out after the aftermath of what transpired at the end of the book. It will prove to be interesting.Read this even if it isn’t your normal genre. You will not be disappointed. It is a fun ride.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Nicki K.
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Helen Harper is the queen of paranormal and urban fantasy. I've read (and loved) the vast majority of her books, and yet I'm somehow always surprised at just how good all of her new releases are. Harper has, yet again, created an incredibly likeable protagonist, as well as an innovative magic system. Saffron was an absolute delight, and I loved reading about her journey to fairy godmotherhood. The side char I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Helen Harper is the queen of paranormal and urban fantasy. I've read (and loved) the vast majority of her books, and yet I'm somehow always surprised at just how good all of her new releases are. Harper has, yet again, created an incredibly likeable protagonist, as well as an innovative magic system. Saffron was an absolute delight, and I loved reading about her journey to fairy godmotherhood. The side characters of Billy and the Devil's Advocate were great, as well, and I loved how Saffron handled the hostility between the rest of her coworkers. This new magic system revolving around various different kinds of faeries was incredibly interesting, and I'm so excited to see what happens from here. Overall, Wishful Thinking was a really solid start to the series, and I would highly recommend this book to past fans of Harper's works, as well as anyone looking for a paranormal or urban fantasy with just a pinch of romance.4.5/5
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  • TSN
    January 1, 1970
    I generally love Helen Harper's books, but lately her writing has sort of branched out, and has become a bit silly. I know it's supposed to be a comedy, but this is one of those stories which I find too silly for my liking. Well, not so much the story, but the characters. They are likeable, but they desperately need an injection of intelligence. I had an especially hard time with Saffron, the main character. Honestly, I found her cringeworthy stupid. Sorry.☛ I requested an advanced copy of this I generally love Helen Harper's books, but lately her writing has sort of branched out, and has become a bit silly. I know it's supposed to be a comedy, but this is one of those stories which I find too silly for my liking. Well, not so much the story, but the characters. They are likeable, but they desperately need an injection of intelligence. I had an especially hard time with Saffron, the main character. Honestly, I found her cringeworthy stupid. Sorry.☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) #1) by Helen Harper is a smart and sweet fairytale/cozy mystery. Saffron Sawyer is sharp and determined and I simply adore her. Saffron is the best at what she does but wants to become a Faery Godmother. She has the right stuff but not the right pedigree. When she is given the chance to become a Faery Godmother she is determined to be the best damn Faery Godmother in the world (or die trying). Join Saffron as Wishful Thinking (How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) #1) by Helen Harper is a smart and sweet fairytale/cozy mystery. Saffron Sawyer is sharp and determined and I simply adore her. Saffron is the best at what she does but wants to become a Faery Godmother. She has the right stuff but not the right pedigree. When she is given the chance to become a Faery Godmother she is determined to be the best damn Faery Godmother in the world (or die trying). Join Saffron as she and the Devil’s Advocate join forces to find the missing and show that just because she wasn’t born with a silver wand doesn’t mean she wasn’t born to do the job. I really enjoyed this story and am really looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read several books by this author and was never disappointed. That includes this series starter. Saffron is a very interesting character. I admit that at the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to like her, but by the end of the book, I adored her. I like her love interest, too, as well as the minor cast of characters. This was a great book filled with a unique world, fascinating characters, a great mystery plot, and wonderful action. I can’t wait to read more in this series and learn more I’ve read several books by this author and was never disappointed. That includes this series starter. Saffron is a very interesting character. I admit that at the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to like her, but by the end of the book, I adored her. I like her love interest, too, as well as the minor cast of characters. This was a great book filled with a unique world, fascinating characters, a great mystery plot, and wonderful action. I can’t wait to read more in this series and learn more about the characters. I highly recommend this book and was given a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Charmaine Ohl
    January 1, 1970
    A unique story based in the Faery world, which just happens to be part of our own world. Saffrons misadventures were a delight to read and I honestly can not wait to see what mess she gets into next on her way to be the best damn faery Godmother tthe world has ever seen. I really wanted to read this any chance I got, and hated having to stop reading. Enough comic relief not to get boring, a touch of romance to keep things interesting, (ex) dope faeries for some fun on your trip with a devil's ad A unique story based in the Faery world, which just happens to be part of our own world. Saffrons misadventures were a delight to read and I honestly can not wait to see what mess she gets into next on her way to be the best damn faery Godmother tthe world has ever seen. I really wanted to read this any chance I got, and hated having to stop reading. Enough comic relief not to get boring, a touch of romance to keep things interesting, (ex) dope faeries for some fun on your trip with a devil's advocate to keep all in line. What more can you want when Faery godmothers go missing?
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  • Adrienne McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    A fun readHelen Harper delivers another fun and quirky story. The main character is delightfully different and her misfit status makes you want to root for her. The story is well written and is a unique storyline. I look forward to the next book.
  • *Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
    January 1, 1970
    So Helen Harper has created another winning book here with Wishful Thinking and it is sooooo much better than her last series already, and we're only one book in.Using Fairy Godmothers as contemporary fae was a fantastic idea (we're talking about girls AND guys here and most definitely not your traditional white haired, happy and plump grandmother figures here) and the follow-through on the idea has made for an exciting, intriguing and frankly original novel. I also think that including The Devi So Helen Harper has created another winning book here with Wishful Thinking and it is sooooo much better than her last series already, and we're only one book in.Using Fairy Godmothers as contemporary fae was a fantastic idea (we're talking about girls AND guys here and most definitely not your traditional white haired, happy and plump grandmother figures here) and the follow-through on the idea has made for an exciting, intriguing and frankly original novel. I also think that including The Devil's Advocate as a hunky authority figure and potential love interest for the leading lady was a stroke of pure genius.As always her storytelling style is spot on with her flawed characters and well considered background mythology. In this instance the book is given the feel of a police procedural as well as being firmly rooted in the contemporary fantasy Harper is known for.Fabulous book and I simply cant wait to see where this series will head next, it's sure to be quite the ride!Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the review copy of Wishful Thinking.
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  • Katrina Forest
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first time reading Ms. Harper's work, and it's clear from the first few pages that I'm in the hands of a strong writer. The narrative is clever and fun, the right mix of mundane and magic.In the book, a dope fairy (the existence of which is just an awesome way to open the book) named Saffron gets a sudden offer to join the elite group of fairy godmothers. She's ecstatic at first until she realizes she might not have been called in because of her fairy skills but rather because of the This is my first time reading Ms. Harper's work, and it's clear from the first few pages that I'm in the hands of a strong writer. The narrative is clever and fun, the right mix of mundane and magic.In the book, a dope fairy (the existence of which is just an awesome way to open the book) named Saffron gets a sudden offer to join the elite group of fairy godmothers. She's ecstatic at first until she realizes she might not have been called in because of her fairy skills but rather because of the disturbing number of disappearances of fairy godmothers lately. The office is short-staffed, everyone is stressed out, and nobody seems to think she's capable of anything or deserves to be there. It's the type of scenario a lot of people can relate to. And the more Saffron gets told she can't do something, the more determined she becomes to find a way she can, sometimes making rash decisions that backfire. I found Saffron to be a likable character. She's the person who takes extreme pride in her work, whether anyone else thinks its important or not. Throughout the process of trying to locate the missing fairies, she always has her goal of being a fantastic fairy godmother strong in her mind. She also goes out of her way for her clients even when she doesn't have to. The office politics didn't always pull me in, but I've also never worked in a formal office setting (teacher here!) so I'm willing to concede that the disconnect there might simply be my own lack of experience. I did appreciate that the office bullies were rounded out as the story progressed.If I had any complaint about the book, it would be that I would have liked for the mystery of the vanished fairies to be more of a mystery--subtle clues for me to pick up and piece together. Especially since finding the fairies drives the majority of the plot. But Wishful Thinking is really more about Saffron's struggle to fit in, her identity crisis in relation to what job she truly wants, and how far she's willing to go for her goals. When information relevant to the disappearances does come up in conversation, there's usually some hand-waving that cues the reader in. Often one character will chide another for going off-topic. Not everything I thought would be important later ultimately was, but I did guess what happened to the fairies pretty early on.The humor was refreshing, and I laughed aloud (or at least snickered) several times during the book. Overall, it is absolutely worth a try. If you fall in love with Saffron on the first few pages, you'll be hooked for the whole book. Ultimately, the story is less about solving a mystery and more about Saffron growing in her determination and perseverance, regardless of what others tell her.
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  • T.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not. This is the first book in the How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) Series from Helen Harper. The story begins with Saffron Sawyer, one of the best dope faeries, teaching three new fae in the department the ropes. Yes she’s a dope faery, but that doesn’t mean she’s a drug dealer. 4.5I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not. This is the first book in the How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) Series from Helen Harper. The story begins with Saffron Sawyer, one of the best dope faeries, teaching three new fae in the department the ropes. Yes she’s a dope faery, but that doesn’t mean she’s a drug dealer. She assists humans with drug issues, hoping to help them through whatever it is they are experiencing. The next day her boss Jacob tells her she’s been offered a new job…in a department she’s applied to three times! Squeeeee! Hold your breath, it’s the Faery Godmother department. Saffron has her own version of a fangirl moment here and it’s cute.When she arrives, three faery godmothers come in and complete disrespect her and go up to their office. Eventually, while being ignored by the receptionist, the Devil’s Advocate arrives. He wishes her luck when they arrive in the godmothers’ offices. Have you ever worked somewhere with someone that was just dripping with negativity and toxicity? When until now Saffron hadn’t. It seems every single fae in the faery godmother department is completely spiteful and unpleasant. It doesn’t matter how nice and polite she is, they all treat her terribly. While her new co-workers are still being jerks to her, they seem terrified of the Devil’s Advocate. The reason? Well apparently there are faery godmothers being kidnapped. Everyone is jumpy, no one trusts anymore else and they are all afraid to be the next one taken.That’s a fun place to work isn’t it? Saffron eventually befriends Billy who handles equipment and rules. Shortly after that, she teams up with the Devil’s Advocate (whose name is Jasper) to try to solve the mystery of the kidnappings. Besides all the drama from the missing faeries, the crappy attitudes from her fellow faery godmothers and the general malaise from everyone in general Saffron and Jasper have serious chemistry. I’ve never read anything from Ms. Harper, but I really have to check Amazon for her other books. There are some twists and turns to this story, but it’s very exciting and never really stops. Ms. Harper says at the end of the book that the second book of the series will released on Oc-tober 7th, 2019. I can’t wait!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Slouch Witch series, but didn't click with one of the author's other books, so I was hoping this would be similar to Slouch Witch and thankfully it was. Helen Harper's UF books are like a breath of fresh air in the UF genre. Her world building is inventive, and her heroines are always just slightly different from the usual, irreverent yes, but always with an undertone of kindness and caring, as well as a determination to see the problem through and solve it, no matter what the cost m I loved the Slouch Witch series, but didn't click with one of the author's other books, so I was hoping this would be similar to Slouch Witch and thankfully it was. Helen Harper's UF books are like a breath of fresh air in the UF genre. Her world building is inventive, and her heroines are always just slightly different from the usual, irreverent yes, but always with an undertone of kindness and caring, as well as a determination to see the problem through and solve it, no matter what the cost may be personally. In Wishful Thinking, our heroine, Saffron, is a "dope" fairy. Her job is to ease the trips of drug addicts when they are high by making their visions pleasant(or at least not horribly scary), so that they don't hurt themselves, don't move on to more damaging drugs, and potentially even get them into rehab at some point. Although her magic department is disparaged in the magic world, she's proud of the work she does, gives it her all, and is the top performer in her group. Still, she's always dreamed of being a fairy godmother and has applied to that elite department 3 times already. The problem is that most slots there are filled by nepotism and by offspring of "prominent" fairy families and Saffron is just an ordinary fairy with an ordinary background. At the beginning of the book, Saffron is unexpectedly presented with an opportunity to join the fairy godmothers. She's over the moon excited and determine to be the best godmother out there, but she quickly learns that all is not well in the department and that the reason for hiring her had nothing to do with her skills, and everything to do with her relative expendability. In the course of the book, she needs to solve a mystery relating to the kidnapping of other godmothers, deal with bullying and workplace harassment, and while in the middle of all of this, a bit of romance starts to bloom between her and a powerful fairy who is also investigating the kidnapping. I loved Saffron's positive attitude and can-do spirit, even while shaking my head at the way she often jumped into situations and shot off her mouth without thinking first. The other characters were interesting, the pace of the book was good, and I'm hooked and can't wait for the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Wishful ThinkingAuthor: Helen HarperPublisher: Helen HarperISBN: B07TKYBNDJBuy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07... Reviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb: How to be the Best Damn Faery godmother in the World(Or die Trying) 1Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work… Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbe Title: Wishful ThinkingAuthor: Helen HarperPublisher: Helen HarperISBN: B07TKYBNDJBuy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07... Reviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb: How to be the Best Damn Faery godmother in the World(Or die Trying) 1Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work… Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one. Desperate to prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan. Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen?  Total Score: 5/5Summary:All Saffron ever wanted to be was a Faery Godmother so when her chance came alone she jumped in without thinking. You know the old saying be careful what you wish for because you might get it. Saffron quickly finds out that things could be worse than being a dope faery. Things at the Office of Faery Godmothers isn’t what it is supposed to be. From angry co-workers, managers who don’t want Saffron there, missing faery godmothers, and the Devil’s Advocate who in evaluating the office things are in an uproar. No Saffron isn’t a hot house flower, but it will take all her skills and cunning to uncover the mystery and save the faeries with a little help from an unexpected source, the Devil’s Advocate himself.This was a wonderful beginning to a new series. I can’t wait to find out what Saffron will get into next.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Lauren Easey
    January 1, 1970
    I've read quite a few of Helen Harper's books so I knew the sort of vibe I'd be getting, magic within a real world setting with a slightly spunky female protagonist. Always my cup of tea. What I did not expect was the interesting take on the idea of fairies. Taking something we already have ideas about 'tooth fairies' and 'fairy godmothers' and creating a whole world of other types of fairies was a great idea. It took a few pages for me to understand what a dope fairy actually was but once I did I've read quite a few of Helen Harper's books so I knew the sort of vibe I'd be getting, magic within a real world setting with a slightly spunky female protagonist. Always my cup of tea. What I did not expect was the interesting take on the idea of fairies. Taking something we already have ideas about 'tooth fairies' and 'fairy godmothers' and creating a whole world of other types of fairies was a great idea. It took a few pages for me to understand what a dope fairy actually was but once I did it made sense. I would maybe try and make it a little clearer though if possible! I very much enjoyed the character of the Devil's Advocate, although he didn't really seem to live up to his name… he never suggested anything remotely controversial which is the whole idea of a Devil's Advocate. He seemed more like a higher up government type with a lot of power and magic, more like a high elf or a gatekeeper. If he's going to be the Devil's Advocate, he needs to act more like it, rather than just an intimidating man who has a soft centre.In comparison to her other books, I think this series has great potential. I wasn't a fan of the first Shrill Dusk book and did not read the rest of the series, but I read all of the Slouch Witch series and loved the protagonist as a relatable character. I think it depends where this series now goes, but I'd love to find out more about other types of fairies and see the Fairy Godmother office up to full strength. I'd also like to see more about the specific magic, as I feel as though all she's done is wave her wand and something's appeared. What powers the wands? Why does having a wand make their magic work better? Do different fairies have different types of magic? Are their wands made differently? Why is the directors so much more powerful? Overall, there's so much more that could be explored here and I hope the next book in the series does just that. I loved the investigative element and the brewing romance, as well as the clever characters. Especially the receptionist!
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  • Vannessa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book to review from the author, but this review is all my own! I thought this book was absolutely fantastic - loved the main character, Saffron Sawyer, a dope faery with great ambitions to become a prestigious faery godmother. Surprisingly (or not considering the series title), she receives an invitation to join the godmother ranks, but it soon becomes apparent that it is her physical self that this faery department need and not her highly prizes dope faery skills. The I received a copy of this book to review from the author, but this review is all my own! I thought this book was absolutely fantastic - loved the main character, Saffron Sawyer, a dope faery with great ambitions to become a prestigious faery godmother. Surprisingly (or not considering the series title), she receives an invitation to join the godmother ranks, but it soon becomes apparent that it is her physical self that this faery department need and not her highly prizes dope faery skills. The department are short on staff; 5 faery godmothers have been kidnapped and no one has any idea by whom or for what reason. This situation has caused a great amount of stress and as the new girl on the block, Saffron gets the brunt of their anger and fear! She, however, is determined to rise above the bullies and prove to them all that she deserves to be a godmother even if her heritage deems her as undeserving! With a bit of help from the sexy and devilishly handsome Devil's Advocate, she begins to solve riddles and clues to where the kidnapped godmothers might be and how they got napped int eh first place. The unknown is still the who and why though and that, when it was revealed, was a complete surprise to all the faeries! I loved Saffron's attitude and her catchphrase, F*** a puck might be my new one too! I loved it and thought it really reflected her thinking at times. I didn't feel the swearing was overdone at all as it was within the context of various stressful and enlightening situations! Maybe that's just me though as I swear a lot too! The side characters were great as well and hope to see more of the Devil's Advocate in the next book! Thank you to Helen for sharing her book with me - always an enjoyable read from you!
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  • Em (Diversify Your Shelf)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*This book was a complete and utter delight. It revolves around a witch named Saffron who goes from being a dope fairy to a fairy godmother. The whole world of fairies that Helen Harper has created is absolutely wonderful and while her being a dope fairy is a small part of narrative, I really loved it. Dope fairies are fairies that give hallucinations to drug addicts in such a way to help prevent them from doing more dangerous substances as well as to help them deal with why they start *4.5 stars*This book was a complete and utter delight. It revolves around a witch named Saffron who goes from being a dope fairy to a fairy godmother. The whole world of fairies that Helen Harper has created is absolutely wonderful and while her being a dope fairy is a small part of narrative, I really loved it. Dope fairies are fairies that give hallucinations to drug addicts in such a way to help prevent them from doing more dangerous substances as well as to help them deal with why they started taking drugs in the first place. This was so lovely and such a brilliant idea. The premise of the book is that fairy godmothers are being kidnapped and Saffron is put in as a fairy godmother as bait to lure out the kidnappers and along the way she joins forces with the Devil's Advocate (a position neither the reader nor Saffron entirely understand which adds to the mystery). The relationship between Saffron and the Devil's Advocate is not toxic in the slightest and it is so delightful to see how flustered they are by each other. Saffron yells at him once when he says he is not accustomed to hiding before realising that it is because he can turn invisible. It is truly such a fun dynamic."Wishful Thinking" is a mystery but also a comedy and also perhaps a bit of a satire on office behaviour with a bit of romance thrown in. The book also discusses prejudice against drug addicts as well as how toxic elitism can be. This was truly masterful. I would like to see more PoC and LGBT representation, but it did still address social issues so this isn't a huge deal. I honestly loved this book and I am so glad the next one is coming out in a few months.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    The subtitle of this book caught my eye on Netgalley and therefore I requested the arc. And although the story is very funny indeed, it takes some time to get into the story. In Wishful Thinking there appear to be all kinds of faeries. So, if you are born into the dope faeries (yeah, they do exist...), you seldom get to be a faery godmother. But Saffron has made it! She is invited to become a Faery Godmother and she has to report to the Godmother offices to start her new job. But very soon she r The subtitle of this book caught my eye on Netgalley and therefore I requested the arc. And although the story is very funny indeed, it takes some time to get into the story. In Wishful Thinking there appear to be all kinds of faeries. So, if you are born into the dope faeries (yeah, they do exist...), you seldom get to be a faery godmother. But Saffron has made it! She is invited to become a Faery Godmother and she has to report to the Godmother offices to start her new job. But very soon she realizes that maybe being a Faery Godmother isn't so great after all. Especially when you have all kinds of colleagues who definitely don't think you belong in this office and make sure you fail all day long.Saffron, however, is determined to be the best Faery Godmother in the world. Even if she has to wear that awful pink cape whilst working. And without ogling the Devil's Advocate, who is showing up at the office unexpectedly, because he is investigating the disappearance of other Faery Godmothers. When Saffron and the Devil's Advocate get stuck in an elevator together, Saffron realizes there is more to the abductions than she realized. Maybe they can team up and find the culprit. After a slow start (because Helen really has to explain all the types of faeries and stuff...) the story picks up pace and then it is a really funny story. So find out for yourself whether Saffron becomes the best Godmother Faery or if she dies trying... Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
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  • TK Vincent
    January 1, 1970
    A jolly good lighthearted fairy romp.Full disclaimer: I was given a free ARC for an unbiased opinion. Here is my non-spoiler review.What if all you ever wanted was to be a fairy godmother, but you weren’t born to the right family so you had to make do with being something less glamorous? Yep, you’re a dope fairy. A fairy giving trips to addicts. BUT an opportunity knocks… Thus begins the story of Saffron. Harper successfully manages to suspend belief by tightrope-walking the line between the whi A jolly good lighthearted fairy romp.Full disclaimer: I was given a free ARC for an unbiased opinion. Here is my non-spoiler review.What if all you ever wanted was to be a fairy godmother, but you weren’t born to the right family so you had to make do with being something less glamorous? Yep, you’re a dope fairy. A fairy giving trips to addicts. BUT an opportunity knocks… Thus begins the story of Saffron. Harper successfully manages to suspend belief by tightrope-walking the line between the whimsical and gritty reality in an urban fantasy world. While I miss the grit of Bo Blackman series, Saffron is immensely likeable. I cheered Saffron’s successes and sass, and commiserated with her failures – all without Harper/Saffron ever falling into the damsel-in-distress, or too-hard-as-nails-to-have-feelings tropes. Her side characters are often hilarious (even the mean ones). I love Harper’s sprinkling of occasional puns. I wasn't expecting the occasional social commentary Harper managed to deftly weave in which stop it from becoming true "chick lit" urban fantasy. I give it 5 out of 5 stars - 4 stars for the writing style and 1 extra star for the originality of the different type of fairies. I also loved how she wrote about addiction through Saffron's eyes; with compassion. It’s light-hearted, fun, and I will definitely want book 2 out later this year, (October 2019).I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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