Michelle's Review: Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

fairybadday ARC: 336 pages
Publisher: Speak

Release Date: June 9, 2011
ISBN: 9780142412596

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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?

Michelle's Review:
Emma Jones goes to Burtonwood Academy, a high school for those who can see paranormal creatures and she wants to be a dragon slayer like her mom before her more than anything in the world. Unfortunately, Principal Kessler gave the dragon designation to Curtis Green and Emma was stuck with the hated fairy designation. Emma was convinced there has been a mistake and tried to prove to Principal Kessler that she should be a dragon slayer to no avail. It doesn't help that Curtis, who Emma has sworn to hate because he stole her rightful designation, was actually really nice and cute and really hard to ignore and dislike. Then, Emma sees a giant killer fairy intent on finding the Pure One and staying on Earth permanently--and no one else can see it except her! With the help of her friends and Curtis, Emma was determined to find a way to stop the killer fairy who seemed to know a lot about her mom who died years ago.

Fairy Bad Day was a really fun read. It put me in the mind of Hex Hall a little bit in that it's set in a boarding school--but instead of the students being the paranormal creatures, the students of Burtonwood Academy are taught to kill the elementals (demons, dragons, fairies, etc.). There are a lot of humor and I found myself giggling at the snarky dialogue (especially the ones between Emma and the three fairy boys) and the crazy situations Emma and her friends get into. However, I thought the first third of the book was choppy as we learn about the back story of Emma and her family. The story of how the elementals came to be on earth also felt a little contrived.

As for Emma, she was self-centered and immature in the beginning. I didn't quite understand Curtis's attraction to Emma because she wasn't very nice to him and blamed him for "stealing" the dragon designation that she wanted--it wasn't his fault the principal gave it to him. But Emma did get better in her attitude that I ended up rooting for her to succeed in figuring out about the killer fairy. Emma's friends Loni (an astrology-subscribing fashionista with a brain for computers) and Tyler (a goofball who bets on anything and everything, especially if it involves his pet cockroach) were great characters and added to the humor. I really liked that each have their own interesting personalities and didn't get lost behind Emma's character.

Fairy Bad Day was a fun, light read with plenty of humor and great dialogue. I really enjoyed reading it. The boarding school setting where the students trying to learn to slay paranormal creatures was entertaining. I don't know if there's going to be a sequel because Emma's story ended nicely but there's a possibility of the author revisiting the world and I wouldn't mind reading more about Emma's world. 4 out of 5 stars

1 comment

  1. I was glad to see you liked this one, I have been very unsure about it, but it does sound worthwhile


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