Book Review: Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Title: Fairy Bad Day
Author: Amanda Ashby
Pages: 336
Publisher: Speak
ISBN: 0142412597

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?


Emma Jones was destined to be a dragon slayer until the day she was assigned to be a fairy slayer. A fairy slayer – imagine the shock of Emma upon hearing the news.

Fairy Bad Day was a refreshing read. It is a good stand alone book that is both unique and appealing with both the characters and world building. The characters were ok – but at first I really didn’t like Emma with all her anger, stubborness and immaturity towards her “destiny” but eventually the character pulled through. She did save the academy and all. The pacing was steady – it wasn’t slow or dragging. I’d like to point out a few details though. First is the fact that the novel lacked in the back story department. Ashby didn’t provide us with a solid history to go on. That’s where Fairy Bad Day was lacking. I mean, granted that Ashby gave us an idea of Emma’s world but it was insufficient leaving the reader with holes regarding the story. Second, is the romance. I can do without the romance and to be honest the story didn’t need that at all.

This is a decent book. It wasn’t predictable, it wasn’t boring and it was a quick read however it wasn’t great. At the end of the story, a few will have questions or rather expectations that weren’t met but I can definitely say it’s very enjoyable. It was both entertaining and exciting. I wasn’t disappointed, I just expected more giving this book 3 starts on my list.


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