Sara’s Review of Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Book description by 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?


By far this was one of the most enjoyable young adult novels I’ve read this year. Murr! Filled with humor, mystery, and just the right amount of romance, Amanda Ashby does a wonderful job drawing readers into her story.

This was a unique approach to the paranormal boarding school world that several young adult authors are writing about these days. The mythology behind each type of creature a student is assigned to slay, as well as the general tone and pacing of the novel, sets this book apart from others that share a similar theme. Also the lack of serious teen angst was a nice touch. Sure there are moments where Emma is the quintessential teenager, but it’s not nearly as in your fact as some novels get.

There were also some truly memorable scenes through the story. One in particular involves Loni and Tyler, two of the secondary characters, and their attempt to hack into the schools security system. The way in which Tyler got the security codes was hysterical, and Loni’s reaction only made it more enjoyable.

Truly though my most favorite moments in the book involved the fairies from the mall. These guys stole the show as far as I’m concerned. Yes, I enjoyed the other characters, Tyler being one of them, but the fairies were the perfect comic relief. Not only are they not dangerous, but they LOVE Skittles. That right there solidified my love for them. Murr! I had an opportunity to ask Ashby if she had any plans on writing another book with them in it, and sadly at the time she said no, but a feline can always hope right?

Posted on October 8, 2011, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I wasn’t *entirely* sure of whether or not I wanted to read this, but now I think I will check it out. Thanks for posting a review of it!