Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Fairy Bad Day:
While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

Amanda Ashby created an intriguing world and a great cast of characters in this book. Although it did take about a quarter of the book to pass before any real action began; once it did, this book was hard to put down. The book revolves around a school for gifted students that can see paranormal beings. While the rest of the world goes about their days unsuspecting, these students risk life and limb to keep the world safe. I really enjoyed the characters, Emma was a strong, if sometimes whiny, heroine. But in the end, she changed drastically and became a truly likeable person. Curtis is keeping some secrets, and that just made this cutie all the more appealing. Even the secondary characters felt full of life, and the "little" fairies were full of snark. While I would have liked to delve a little deeper into where the paranormals originally came from, this book was rich with humour and sweet romance.

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