Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Magic #1)

Delaney Collins doesn’t believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she’s stuck in California with “Dr. Hank,” her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right. Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he’s a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there’s a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone’s fairy godmother.

Even though she’s not the pink and sparkly type, Delaney soon finds herself with a client: Flynn Becker, a boy at her new school who’s hopelessly in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists. Flynn’s wish is Delaney’s command. With her customized black boots and chopstick wand, Delaney does everything in her power to make Flynn’s wish come true. But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?

Once you get past the first few chapters this book is so freaking cute!  The book starts with Delaney flying to California to live with her dad (her mom has died).  She has a lot of classic teenage girl attitude that frankly I was more than willing to beat out of her and/r punch her in the throat (too much?).    She doesn’t like her dad, thinking he abandoned her and her mother, something her mother never corrected her about.  I think what bothered me the most about her attitude was her being rude to people at her school that did nothing to her other than exist.

From the get go she has issues with her dad.  After a confrontation ,her father takes her with him and she witnesses her father at work as a “life coach”.  Surprise, surprise he is a fairy godmother, or for gender equality, fairy godfather.  🙂  At first Delaney has a few issues believing this but quickly gets over it.  He explains that it is an inherited trait and even though she has yet to show signs of inheriting the gene, she begins working on her skills.  I like that the story doesn’t dwell here and moves on to her testing herself.  It keeps the story in the “happy” part as I like to call it.

After a few disastrous “test” spells, she decides to get the magic ball rolling to officially earn her fairy godmother status and tries to help Flynn, a guy she is pseudo-friends with, get the girl she thinks he wants even though he doesn’t want her help.  In trying to help him even though he doesn’t really want it, she realizes she doesn’t want to help him as much as be with him.

I do have to say there is a lack of kissing in this book but I was so distracted by the adorableness of the story that I didn’t even notice till I was finished.  According to Ms McCullough’s website there is a sequel, Who Needs Magic? (EEEE!!), scheduled for the fall of 2013.  I cannot wait to see what happens next!

4/5

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Magic #1)

  1. Jen (Almost Grown-up) June 13, 2012 at 9:20 am Reply

    This sounds absolutely adorable and super funny… I can’t believe I haven’t heard more about it! Great review!

    • Gone Pecan June 13, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

      I really enjoyed it!! Let me know i you read it! ~Maggie

  2. Candice June 13, 2012 at 10:41 am Reply

    Sounds so cute! I love the take on the fairy godmother thing and how someone becomes one! Will have to check it out! Also, is it weird that I’m kind of loving the the tights the girl on the cover is wearing? C’mon fall and tights weather! 🙂

    • Gone Pecan June 13, 2012 at 10:42 am Reply

      Absolutely not considering I bought some after seeing the cover :p. ~Maggie

  3. Tee June 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I’m going to ignore that whole “lack of kissing” nonsense because this sounds cute. 🙂 Gotta read it.

    • Maggie June 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm Reply

      You won’t even notice till its over. I thought it was just super cute! ~Maggie.

      Sent from my iPhone

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