Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mini Review: The Glitter Trap by Barbara Brauner

The Glitter Trap by Barbara Brauner
Series: #1 in the Oh My Godmother series
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 240
Received: ARC from publisher, via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Page


From Goodreads:

Middle school is far from a fairytale for adorkable misfit Lacey Unger-Ware. When Lacey ends up with popular girl Paige Harrington's smart-mouthed fairy godmother, Katarina, trapped in her hair, life gets more magical--just not in a 'prince charming' kind of way.

Katarina's wings are too damaged to continue her fairy duties, and Lacey must take over as Paige's fairy godmother. Distracted by her new responsibilities, Lacey's in danger of losing her best friend, Sunny. Can Lacey get the hang of magic, make Paige's dreams come true, and survive middle school?

Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson's debut novel is full of heart and charm. Get ready for the Oh My Godmother series to cast a spell on tween girls!


There isn't anything negative I can say about this book except that it's age appropriate, which isn't really a negative at all. The plot moves briskly and kept me engaged throughout, the events and Lacey's narrative made me laugh out loud, and the world of godmothers was pretty inventive.

But, it's also very much a middle grade book. For me, the characters didn't have the level of development I look for as an adult reader and the basic underpinnings of the story were very been-there-done-that. But, this book isn't marketed to adults. It's marketed toward tweens.

And tween girls will probably love it, especially if they're animal lovers like Lacey. Friendship, family, and similar lessons are sprinkled throughout the story, but the overall vibe is lighthearted and fun. The basics of the story are pretty predictable, but the godmother magic was inventive. Tween girls can find a lot to relate to in Lacey and her two friends.

I see this series getting high circulation in my library and becoming one of those auto-buy series with a long list of library holds like Goddess Girls. There isn't as much personality diversity as in the GG series, but Lacey and her friends are average enough that they should appeal to a wide variety of girls.

The Glitter Trap can be read as a standalone

Explanation of rating system: Star Rating Key 

Do you have any questions about The Glitter Trap that I haven't addressed? 
Feel free to ask in the comments!


  1. Oh, I understand. Some MG books really hold up to adult readers - like the GGs or the hero's guide - but others don't so much.
    Still, it does sound cute :)

    1. Yup, EXACTLY! I knew you'd get what I meant :D

  2. When you say age appropriate and MG, do you think it's about 9 or 10 years old or 12-13 years old? Sounds on the younger end for MG from your description. Did you see I put up my Natural History of Dragons review? Fun book.

    1. Hm, I guess it could go either way depending on the individual reader, but overall I'd say more 9-10.

      I did see your review! I'm so glad you liked it!


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