by Shanna Swendson
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
320 pages; ISBN: 0345481259
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Ballantine, Jun 2005, $12.95, 320 pp.
Over the fears of her family, Katie Chandler relocates from small-town Texas to Manhattan where she sees first hand the weirdoes walking the streets and riding the subways such as Miss Airy Fairy with wings or the chicken guy. At work her boss Mimi displays the Dr. Jekyll personality, which obviously means she had a wonderful weekend with her wealthy boyfriend. However, Ms. Hyde can show up and often does without warning or reason. She would like to escape the evil Mimi, but needs the money to pay her bills.
By email, Rodney A. Gwaltney, Director of Personal at MSI, offers Katie a job; she deletes the email as spam. That night Katie and her female roommates hit the Village when the dude she noticed on the subway this morning comes over to meet Katie; he says he is Rod Gwaltney. Katie thinks her first stalker offers her a job. When Mimi goes over the top again, Katie accepts Rod’s latest employment email not realizing that seeing elves, gnomes, gargoyles and an assortment of unnamed creatures makes her valuable and unique. Of course she never expected Merlin and other magicians interfering with her love life when she accepted the position.
Fans will appreciate this creative humorous chick lit fantasy occurring on the weird streets of Manhattan similar to city scenes in the Men in Black. Katie is fabulous as she assumes everyone can see fairies or an elf, as this is New York City so what else is new. Fans will appreciate this lighthearted romp with, though the time and place differ, readers too old for Bush’s personal accounts will think of THE WIZARD IN SPITE OF HIMSELF and those younger the Dresden Files.
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