Fairy Bad Day

Fairy Bad Day

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by Amanda Ashby

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sophomore Emma Jones has been training at Burtonwood Academy for years, expecting to follow in her late mother's footsteps and become a dragon slayer. Being made a fairy slayer is not in her plans—fairies are harmless and lame ("...the worst she'd ever seen them do was change the food labels at the supermarket"), nearly impossible to kill, and they love taunting her. Worse, she's forced to train with Curtis, the cute guy who took her dragon job. As Emma tries to change the principal's mind about her specialty, an extremely dangerous seven-foot-tall fairy that only she can see shows up. Now Emma needs to figure out where the creature came from, what it wants, how she's going to kill it, and most of all, how it knew her mother. In a fun mashup of the modern and the magical, Ashby (Zombie Queen of Newbury High) creates nicely developed characters and supports them with strong plotting and zippy writing. Laced with humor, danger, and romance, this book will have readers smiling all the way to the last page. Ages 12–up. (June)
Children's Literature - Haley Maness
Emma is special: she is one of a select few who can see fantastical creatures, such as dragons and demons. Emma hopes to follow in her deceased mother's footsteps and become a dragon slayer, but to her dismay, she is assigned to slay fairies instead, the least dangerous of all of the fantastical creatures discovered by her school's hero, Sir Francis. When a huge evil fairy comes to her school, Emma is the only one who can see it, and she soon realizes why she was assigned to fairies. Although fairies are typically portrayed in literature as benign, the author does not portray fairies or any other imaginary creatures in a positive light. Younger readers who pick up this book will begin to get the impression that all fantastical creatures are evil beings and need to be destroyed, without a single exception. The important, enriching message of tolerance and acceptance important for middle and high schoolers to learn is totally lacking in this book. With its classification and generalization of various types of slayers at the school, the book acknowledges and enforces the foundation of stereotypes in society. Throughout the book, seemingly random phrases are italicized, which visually distracts the reader from the text. The main characters lack development; not until 100 pages into the story is one even physically described. Also, some characters are introduced with just a first name, as if they have been seen somewhere else in the story, and exit quickly. They are promptly forgotten about until casually mentioned chapters later. The author seems to be trying to cash in on the hype surrounding fantastical creatures in pop culture. Reviewer: Haley Maness
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Burtonwood Academy is a training ground for sight-gifted students to hone their skills as protectors in a sight-blind world. Now that Emma Jones is a sophomore, she is about to receive her designation, and she is sure that she will follow in her late mother's footsteps as a dragon slayer. So when Principal Kessler tells her that she has been chosen to slay fairies, she is mortified: Why rid the world of 10-inch beings whose worst offense seems to be switching food labels in grocery stores? The students assigned to the more ferocious elementals—ogres, goblins, harpies—find her assignment hilarious, and her humiliation intensifies when the wisecracking fairies who frequent the mall prove to be tougher to slay than she had anticipated. To top things off, Curtis Green is the new dragon designee. Sure he's cute, but doesn't he know that that was supposed to be her assignment? The two are thrown together when she spots what looks like a vicious dragon on Burtonwood's campus. Turns out that it's not a dragon, but a particularly nasty (and tall) breed of fairy. Emma and Curtis must resolve their differences long enough to get rid of the Darkhel before he opens the magical gate that lets in all the other evil forces. And if, in the process, a little romance sneaks in, what's the harm? The characters are nicely developed, the dialogue is fresh and engaging, the author's irreverent take on good versus evil will hook readers, and the satisfying plot twists will keep them involved till the end. A lighthearted story with plenty of substance.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy.

Set in the same world as Ashby's first book, The Zombie Queen of Newbury High (2009), this companion deals with the students of Burtonwood, a school where the pupils aid the Department of Paranormal Affairs by killing demons, dragons and other monsters. Emma, a sophomore ready to receive her assignment, is stunned and furious when she is assigned to miniature, dress-mad, malicious fairies instead of the dragons she expectedto slay. Emma sulks and fumes until affairs become too dangerous to credibly insist that she doesn't need help. Then the story gains momentum, and the plot really clicks on. The exciting plot, humor throughout—often provided by the little fairies—and relatively innocent romance between characters will grab readers and keep them involved despite the initially weak worldbuilding. Kids who enjoyed Douglas Rees' Vampire High books will find the same qualities in this punnily titled outing.

Give this lighthearted and lightly satirical book to younger teens and those preteens who won't be put off by the length. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)

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Amanda Ashby lives in New Zealand.

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Fairy Bad Day 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, fun read that had lots of humor and a great story. I wasn't sure what I would think of it because I'm not a big fan of fairy books, but this one was an exception. Emma was a fun character to listen to. She was funny, determined to have her way and be a dragon slayer, and her interactions with the fairies were so funny I couldn't help but laugh aloud many times. It was entertaining to see hers and Curtis' relationship develop, as of course, he has what she wants. But when they begin to work together, the story really amps up. The strange, hidden fairy is much like a dragon, so in a way, Emma is in her element trying to battle this strange being. Add to that the fact that her mother is very intimately connected with this creature's appearance, and we have some great conflict here. This was one of those stories that pure escapism and you just had to love it. Fun and entertaining!
Amy Halbing More than 1 year ago
If youre a fan of The Mortal Instruments series you're in for a treat! The characters are fun, the idea is great, the
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book I bought a while back because I love the synopsis, a girl who slay fairies? Yes, please! The book caught me off guard with some great depth to the characters that I really enjoyed. They aren't just slayers. They have lives that has been changed dramatically cause of what they do. One thing I enjoyed in being in her shoes is that she is so much fun. She goes out for what she wants. Even when she gets in trouble, she still does her best to prove everyone wrong. The love interest I think wasn't what I thought it be. This is one of the book where Emma actually dates a nerd. He is a loner type of guys and everyone sees him but he is ignored. When Emma is partnered with him she learns that he is so much more than what she thought. I like that Emma looked past the facade that he put up. Emma sort of pushed him out of his shell and became of the the greatest dragon slayer the school has ever seen. The connections that connect Emma and the fairies goes way back. I like that the connections go not only to her but to others around her. Other characters that played minor roles had bigger parts. Really surprising and super fun to read. Fairy Bad Day is an great fantasy of magic and power. The portrait painted fills the reader with a epic fantasy of a amazing reading adventure. Slaying fairies never look so good! Fairy Bad Day is great!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a nerdy book so ignore that comment. I hate people who think a book can contaminate if ur cool or not.
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
Funny, boys, romance, and dragons. I was entirely surprised that I ended up liking Fairy Bad, because I'm not interested in the fairy type books. Maybe it was the idea that the main character,Emma wanted to be a dragon slayer which captured my attention. Next, I enjoyed that Emma was very strong minded and determined. While other people might find her to be an annoying protagonist I thought she was splendid. At last if you're not much of a fan of faries then you should certainly give this book a try.
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It is an amazing and wonderful book
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Emma attends Burtonwood where ¿sight-gifted¿ student learn to battle the elementals. She can¿t wait for Induction day when she¿ll learn if she follows her mother footstep & is the lone dragon slayer for that year. Unfortunately, Curtis Green gets the assignment 7 she gets¿Fairy slayer! She¿s mad & lets EVERYONE know it. Her new found bad behavior has her on the deans list so when she notices an ¿invisible dragon¿ he doesn¿t believe her. Things get worse when she¿s paired with Curtis¿ and he seems to be hiding something from her. Defiantly a good read. Wish there was a follow-up book ¿cause I¿ll miss the characters but either way, it had a good ending I¿m happy with.
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Ewwwwwwwww!!!!! So nerdy! Omigod does the spa have a geekiness cleansing!?!?!!! Do not read if youre even remoteley cool. Its like contaminating!!!!!! Ewwww:(
Elisabeth Corona More than 1 year ago