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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
"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?"- summary from Amazon

I love Ashby's writing and was so excited to get an advance copy of this. It's a funny paranormal, which is rare to find, and I was laughing quite a bit throughout the book. But aside from the humor, there's some great mythology here and I liked how she handled the paranormal aspect of this world. I really got a good sense of what was being taught at the Academy and how all the Elementals (i.e. paranormal creatures) are taken care of.

Emma is a great heroine and I loved her voice. She's fierce, stubborn, loyal, sarcastic, and so many other things. She had a good journey and changed over the course of the book. Her romance with Curtis was sweet, realistic, and taken fairly slowly. There's no love at first sight here- it builds throughout their interactions. I also loved most of the secondary characters, and particularly enjoyed it whenever the fairies came on the scene.

Overall, a fun paranormal read to take to the beach (or really anywhere) with you! I think those who liked Hex Hall would enjoy this book. It's also a bargain since it's a paperback original! So go grab your copy now!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. Oh, I love the idea of a funny paranormal - you're right, those are rare finds!

    I'm going to add this one to my list!

    Love your review

  2. Hey BC, thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it (and linked me to Hex Hall - I'm actually reading book two right now and am adoring it!!!) And now I must go and eat some celebration Skittles!!!!!