Friday, October 12, 2007

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer & Anne Stuart

Spoilers Alert!

Book Description

Meet the Miss Fortunes...

First, Dee. Spends a lot of time trying to control her sisters, her passions and her shape-shifting...especially when gorgeous Danny James is about.

Then, Lizzie. Determined to save the family from ruin, even if it means causing chaos in the cosmos (and messing with a handsome sorcerer's heart).

Finally, Mare. Possessor of telekinetic powers, self-proclaimed Queen of the Universe...and manager of the local Value Video. The last thing she needs is the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart to come strolling back into town.

They're about to have the worst weekend of their lives. Unless they can figure out how the hell to work their magic powers…

This is a fun and zany story about the three sister Fortunes, who have been running and hiding from their evil witch of an aunt, Xantippe, ever since their parents were murdered. Xantippe, in a moment of genius, cast a spell to bring the girls’ true loves into their lives, so that she can get what she wants from the girls.

Dee’s true love is Danny. Dee is a shapeshifter, and Danny has an extreme aversion toward magic – he calls it a big swindle. They are the sane couple.

Lizzie has the power to transmute things. She is trying to turn straw into gold when a handsome wizard, Elric, comes to her on the pretext of stopping her from messing up the magic universe big time. They are the fey couple.

Mare pines for her first love, Crash, who left her five years ago. Mare is psychokinetic – she moves things with her mind. Then Crash comes back unexpectedly. They are the wacky couple.

Although this story was written by three authors, the collaborative effort works. The story flows seamlessly and coherently. I am quite sure that Jennifer Crusie wrote Mare and Crash’s story. Her trademark zany characters and dialogues are well represented here. However, I’m hard pressed to pinpoint which stories were written by Anne Stuart and Eileen Dreyer.

I think the authors pulled it off - the mixing of the sane, the other worldly and the wacky all in one story – no mean feat, that. They are laughs aplenty…even the serious and strict Dee is very funny.

The sisters’ true loves are the perfect foils for them. Each romance is a complete story by itself. My favourite romance is that of Lizzie and Elric. Elric, the handsome, aloof, powerful but gentle wizard is the perfect mate for Lizzie, the sweet and gentle witch with immense untapped powers.

I have a some minor complaints. Firstly, I think the story is cluttered and borders on being confusing at times – there are simply too many secondary characters. The one character that irritates me by far is Jude, the mistaken true love of Mare. I’d rather that he isn’t in the story. Secondly, Xantippe seems cartoony at times...she, who is supposed to be a powerful witch. However, apart from the cartoony moments, her character is quite well portrayed.

This is definitely a light read, with some seriously funny moments. The lead characters are well fleshed out, and the romances are heart felt. In the end, when the sisters deservedly get their happily-ever-afters, I was happy for them.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingWarm

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