FAIRY BAD DAY by Amanda Ashby

Posted 23 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 10 Comments

YA Paranormal
336 pages
Available now
Review copy purchased

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?
Positive: Emma (I just love that name). Strong, capable, and very stubborn (when she finds out she’s not the dragon slayer, she just about drives her principal nuts trying to prove to him that she’s the right chick for the job and almost gets expelled), Emma is still smart enough to know when she needs help (usually). Her stubbornness gets her into some serious trouble, though.

Positive: The little fairies! These guys, Trevor, Rupert and Gilbert, are hilarious! (But don’t call ’em little. It just ticks them off.) They love Skittles but hate the sour ones, hairspray makes them ugly to the opposite sex, and they hang out at the mall. The mall! Why would anyone want to slay these poor dudes? Hum…might be because they’re a tad bit annoying.

Positive: The interplay between Emma, her friends, and Curtis. There’s some seriously snappy dialogue between the characters, which I love.

Wish: That Curtis wasn’t so secretive through most of the book. It makes him seem kind of wishy-washy and that’s rarely a good look on a guy. Still, I really liked him and, once his secret is revealed, it all makes sense. Personally, I think I’d hide that little issue too, especially if I was the fancy-pants new dragon slayer.
Overall: An awesomely fun summer read and exactly what I was looking for after several weeks of nothing but post-apocalyptic/dystopian darkness. FAIRY BAD DAY is junk food for the brain. Yum!

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10 Responses to “FAIRY BAD DAY by Amanda Ashby”

  1. YAY!!! So glad you enjoyed this one too Mary! I was just laughing the whole time at those little fairies, they were hilarious. I wish Curtis wasn’t so secretive either, but you’re right, it all made sense when things were revealed.

  2. Sounds like fun! I’ll have to give it a shot.

    Oh, and I love how you mark out the comments in your review as positive, wish, overall, etc. It really helps to get a feel of your overall opinion of the book!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mary!

  3. I completely agree!!! I loved the little fairies 🙂 Emma got on my nerves a couple times with her never-ending hate an whining, but overall it was a GREAT read 🙂

  4. I’m going to have to pick this one up really soon! Although I’m a little sick of anything “paranormal” this one sounds amazing!! Fantastic Review!