This is a sophisticated updating of the Cinderella fairy tale. But instead of the familiar parameters, it all gets torn apart and rebuilt. Jelani finds out she's something special when she tries on a glass slipper that appears out of nowhere, on the street, and she cuts her foot. A group of tiny men spring into existence and go running into the grass alongside the road. Iris, her best friend manages to get it all on her camera! They take the video to her two other friends--reclusive males who never leave their apartment--Crispy is agoraphobic, in fact that's how she met him--her bestie is a social worker treating him. The other guy is a stereotypical computer nerd who lives for wi-fi and never leaves his computer keyboard. Together they try to figure out what's going on. When people start stalking Jelani in the coffee shop she works in, the plot thickens quickly. By the end, she's learned who she really is, and her friends have proven themselves, since all three of them accompany her on a dangerous quest to finally solve the mystery that landed in her lap. Dangerous situations with evil fairies are faced, with good fairies on their side--and Jelani chooses her Prince Charming. And yes, there is a happy-for-now ending. I get the feeling that there's more to come in this story.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)