Posted by: Debbie Kahl | October 15, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Okay, finally – amongst the madness of reality – I’ve finished reading Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby. And like all Amanda Ashby books, it’s awesome!

This is just a little sneak peek of what’s waiting for you in the pages … Emma – a student of Burtonwood Academy – has her heart set on following in her mother’s footsteps and being a famous dragon slayer. Unfortunately, destiny – or rather the Principal of Burtonwood and her far-too-cute nemesis Curtis – have other plans and she’s given the humiliating designation of fairy slayer.

Convinced they’ve made a mistake – seriously, who slays fairies! – Emma sets out to prove everyone wrong and change her designation before it’s made official on induction day. With only weeks to go, Emma’s determined to show she’s the true dragon slayer of Burtonwood – and if it means taking Curtis out to achieve it, well so be it.

That is until a darkhel, the most evil of all fairies, sets its sights on the pure one – whose blood will strengthen its power and make it invincible – and Emma’s the only one who can stop it. And what happens when you come face to face with a killer fairy? Well, it’s set to be a Fairy Bad Day!

Once again, Amanda’s humour and quirky creativity sets the scene for an entertaining YA novel that keeps you turning the pages. The characters are realistic, likeable and have enough inner conflict and turmoil to draw you into their story and keep you enthralled until the very last page.

But, what I love the most about Amanda’s books are her ideas and they way she adapts traditionally ‘scary’ ideas (um, zombies and slayers anyone?) and turns them into humourous YA novels that could really be about any teenager in the western world.

Sure, we’re not all zombie queens and fairy slayers but it’s the ‘real’ issues; relationships, family dramas, friends, loyalty, conflict with teachers etc., that make her books so entertaining. When you’re reading them, you really want the characters – despite all of their flaws – to triumph.

And you’ll never, ever think of skittles the same way again. Want to know why? Well – go, buy and read Fairy Bad Day! Go on, you’ll love it! 🙂


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