Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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 fairyÑand 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?

If you are looking for a fun, feel-good type of read, look no further because Amanda Ashby’s Fairy Bad Day is the book for you. Full of frilly entertainment, delightful romance, and plenty of intense fight scenes, this book is nothing short of addicting.

Fairy Bad Day starts the day Burtonwood Academy’s sophomores are receiving their slaying assignments, and for Emma Jones, this is no biggie, as it’s basically a given she’ll be given the assignment she’s been working towards since she was born- dragon slaying. Much to her surprise and horror, her precious assignment is given to Curtis Green, leaving her with fairies, tiny, annoying fairies- an assignment no one has been giving before, not because it is dangerous, but because killing fairies is laughable on so many levels. However, she is not settling for this because if she does one thing, it will be to get her assignment changed, but the problem is she is seeing a killer fairy on campus, and everyone else…is not. Except for Curtis, but she cannot recruit him to help, can she? Better yet, will she ever get her assignment changed? Moreover, what happens when she starts liking Curtis? Will everything turn out okay? Only time and more pages can tell in this fast-paced addition to YA contemporary fantasy.

Emma Jones was a character I liked from the start. Witty, smart, and unbeatable, there truly was nothing not to love about this girl. It was always fun to see her slowly embrace her fairy slaying destiny because not only did it cause some funny moments, but it also lead to much character growth on her end. Better yet, I adored her friendship with Curtis. Curtis is the typical “hottie” with a heart of gold, though he still had plenty of secrets, which will keep any reader guessing as to what they exactly are. I also loved the banter between Emma and her two best friends, Lonni and Tyler. However, I have to admit, I would have loved some more development into each.

With paranormal novels these days, it is either a big hit or a big miss. Thankfully, Fairy Bad Day landed somewhere in the middle, closer to the big hit rather than the miss, because while Amanda put a great, unique spin to fairies, I still found this book to be a bit clichéd at times, especially when it came to Emma’s past. However, given the many twists and turns, as well as the stellar fighting scenes between Emma and a certain rouge fairy, there was not much room to complain.

Ashby’s writing was also decent. I remember reading and adoring Amanda’s first book You Had Me at Halo and with this one, her writing and world building has defiantly approved. The only aspects I was not too wild about where the lack of development into secondary characters as well as the fact that the story was told in third person. However, with the later, I do admit to be a stickler for first person, so that is probably why I felt the way I did.

In all, with reading Fairy Bad Day is the perfect way to start your summer season, thanks to not only its June release date, but also its fun contents as well as action. I am unquestionably looking forward to reading more by Ms. Ashby.

Grade: B

Fairy Bad Day is now out!

Source: Publisher for Teen Book Scene tour

*This post is in conjunction with the Teen Book Scene tour for Fairy Bad Day. To find out more about this tour as well as others click here.* 


  1. Thanks for the review! Not so sure if I want to pick this one up now though, I am someone who also loves 1st person and I hate it when characters aren't very developed (the main ones or the secondary). :/

  2. I kinda dismissed this one out of hand for some reason, but it sounds cute so I might end up having to pick it up after all! Thanks for the review.

  3. Sounds like a great summer read. I love the cover of this book, but too bad about the lack of development.

  4. I love this cover! I'm really looking forward to reading it.



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