Tiffany Tumbles by Kristine Grayson

Tiffany Tumbles

Tiffany Tumbles by Kristine Grayson
The Interim Fates Book One
Publisher: WMG Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (212 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Orchid

Recently fired from her job as an Interim Fate, one of the most powerful people in the world, Tiffany VanDerHoven must move in with her mother in Eugene, Oregon. Tiffany finds living without magic hard enough, but high school? Not even movies or TV prepared her for that.

Tiffany has tumbled into “the real world,” and it baffles her.

To make matters worse, she can’t talk to her sisters Crystal and Brittany (the other two Interim Fates)—except for an hour or so, on the weekend, under strict parental supervision. Parental, meaning their mothers’ supervision. Because none of the girls can talk to their father, the Greek God Zeus, who started this entire mess when he wanted his daughters to use their Fateness to get rid of true love.

Tiffany needs to face her future, but first she must decide what kind of future she wants. One with her crazy magical Greek God family? One in the “real world”? Or can she discover the strength to straddle both worlds?

Whatever Tiffany decides will impact not just her own fate but her sisters’ fates, too.

Where does Tiffany tumble from? Would you believe Mount Olympus? What was Tiffany doing on Mount Olympus? She lived there because her father is Zeus.

Three of Zeus’ daughters are chosen as Interim Fates after he tricks the real Fates into reapplying for their jobs. Unfortunately the girls get into trouble due to their inexperience and their Father interfering in everything. The Powers That Be arrange for the teenagers to go and live with their mothers and their magic is taken away from them.

Tiffany has to cope with school in Oregon, interaction with normal teenagers and obeying her mother’s rules. She also misses her two sisters. The isolation from her peers who ignore her, and no magic make Tiffany unhappy. She wishes she’d never agreed to living with her mother.

This is a completely new aspect of Greek Mythology. It’s light hearted and fast moving and quite amusing. Tiffany trips over words–her knowledge of the slang of the present day has been gleaned from old films so she’s always using the wrong word. Then there’s the English teacher who thinks she knows Greek mythology and Tiffany has to restrain from telling her the truth about her father. Add to this the general ignorance of the modern world and it makes for one out of place teenage girl.

The author cleverly weaves the myths, the unhappiness and fitting into a normal teenage life with great expertise. It’s a very easy book to read and I look forward to reading the second in the series which is about one of the other sisters.

Comments

  1. Sandra Hofsommer says:

    When I was a senior in high school my family moved from Eau Claire, WI to Oneonta, NY and in many ways I felt like Tiffany as I struggled to learn the “rules” in a new environment and make friends.
    Grayson captures the teenage angst and and feelings of not knowing how to fit into a new and different environment. But this novel also has some laugh-out-loud sections, such as Tiffany’s attempts to understand American history and the teenage Attitudes and language so different from her life as a minor fate with powers and a knowledge of a world we know from Greek mythology. Learning about American teens and high scoll from outdated movies adds to her stumbles as she tries to fit in.
    This is a delightful novel that should resonate with teenage readers!

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