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Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

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by Cyn Balog

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Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah—they're totally hot for each other.
But a week before their joint sweet sixteen bash, everything changes. When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the source of Cam's distance. It isn't another


Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah—they're totally hot for each other.
But a week before their joint sweet sixteen bash, everything changes. When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the source of Cam's distance. It isn't another girl—it's another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies and see if their "perfect" love can weather an uncertain future.

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Publishers Weekly
Morgan and her football star boyfriend Cam have been “attached at the hip since kindergarten,” but now their love is threatened by the Otherworld—a land of fairies. Morgan has always possessed the ability to see into the future: who will get into Harvard, who is gay and whose relationships will last (“It's not my fault. I just deliver the mail; I don't write it,” she says). As the teens' sweet 16 approaches (they share a birthday), Cam begins to grow wings, and his odd cousin Pip appears to explain that Cam must return to the Otherworld, enter into an arranged marriage and become king of that realm. While plotting to save Cam as he shrinks into a fairy, Pip and Morgan develop their own romance. The plot of Balog's debut novel unfolds quickly, without much suspense, and while Morgan's voice is often entertaining, she feels somewhat remote as a narrator—it's difficult to get a sense of her as a character. An intermittently gripping if not especially memorable addition to the urban faerie genre. Ages 12–up. (June)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Morgan and Cam share the same birthday. The pair has been best friends since they were born and a couple for almost that long; however, a week before their sweet sixteen birthdays, things start to get a little strange. Cam's bizarre cousin Pip comes to stay. Cam starts to act strange and does not have as much time for Morgan, and she finds out that her boyfriend is really a fairy who is supposed to leave her on their birthday. Of course, Pip, the changeling that the fairies took when they left Cam, comes to the rescue to help Morgan figure out a plan to keep Cam in the human world. This fluffy novel is sure to please urban fairy tale fans—but only if they do not mind more fluff than substance. Morgan and Cam are supposedly perfect for each other, but more often than not readers hear about how perfect the relationship is rather than seeing why it works. Compared to Cam, Pip is clearly the more developed character, so it is no surprise that Morgan starts to develop feelings for him as well. Basically, Morgan is either on the verge of figuring out a plan to save Cam, fluctuating between whom she loves, or whining about life's general unfairness. This is a fun read with lots of fairy references, but a bit lacking in depth. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Morgan Sparks and her football-star boyfriend, Cameron, were born on the same day. Close all their lives, the two are looking forward to celebrating their 16th birthday with a blowout bash. Then, a week before the party, Morgan catches Cameron hanging out with a new girl. It turns out that he is a fairy changeling, and that Dawn is a fairy sent to prepare him for his one-way journey back to fairyland. Pip, the gawky, geeky human who grew up in fairyland in Cam's place, has come with her. Morgan, whose psychic abilities allow her to see through the fairy spell that keeps most humans ignorant of Cam's transition, watches her once-formidable boyfriend sprout wings, shrink, and prepare to become the Fairy King. Some comic moments arise from Cam's changes, as well as from Pip's awkward acculturation into the human world and Morgan's hit-and-miss sassy narration. Underneath the comedy, there is also pathos: Morgan and Cameron losing their first love, and Cameron's coming to accept that the life he thought he wanted is now impossible. The plot is the weakest element: Morgan's plan to save Cam is half-hearted, the final action sequence lacks tension, and the mechanics of fairy magic are never quite consistent. Fairy Tale has a few choice witticisms and touching moments, but Morgan is no Maggie Quinn.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In most high schools, the psychic girl would be the weird supernatural student, but Morgan's precognitive powers just aren't the strangest thing around. Instead, it's Morgan's boyfriend, Cam, her best friend since they were in diapers, who's the really paranormal teen in this shallow romance. It seems Cam is a changeling, destined to return to the fairy lands on his 16th birthday. Morgan watches in horror as Cam's football-player physique shrinks away into sparkly, winged, smooth-skinned feyness. Meanwhile, she has to cope with an interloper: Pip, the human child originally stolen and replaced by Cam in the cradle 16 years before. As Morgan watches, Pip transforms from fashion-challenged dork to a gorgeous-smelling hunk with washboard abs. It's too bad that this love story, fairly original within the confines of the trendy paranormal-romance genre, is so thoroughly superficial, complete with a self-absorbed, unlikable heroine and a looks-obsessed notion of love and romance. The fairy world has got to be better than being in Morgan's orbit. (Fantasy. 12-14)

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Fairy Tale

By Cyn Balog

Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2009 Cyn Balog
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780385737067


People call me spooky.

Maybe because by eleven o'clock on that day, I'd already told Ariana Miles she'd starve to death in Hollywood, Erica Fuentes she'd bomb history, and Wendell Marks that he would never, ever be a part of the A-list, no matter how hard he tried.

Now, sitting in the bleachers after school, half watching a meaningless Hawks football exhibition game and waiting for some nameless freshman to bring me my French fries (psychics cannot work on an empty stomach), I've just about reduced my fourth client of the day to tears (well, Wendell didn't cry; he just pretended to yawn, covered his mouth, and let out a pathetic snurgle). But hey, sometimes the future is scary.

Sierra Martin won't look at me. Instead, she's taken an unnatural interest in the Heath bar wrapper wedged between the metal planks her sequin-studded flip-flops are resting on. A tear slips past her fake-tanned knees and lands perfectly on her porno-red big-toe nail.

"Sorry," I say, offering her a pat on the back and a couple of orange Tic Tacs for consolation. "Really."

Sometimes this gift does suck. Some days, I have the pleasure of doling out good news--BMWs as graduation presents, aced finals, that sort of thing. Today, it's been nothing but total crap. And yes, it obviously must havecome as a shock that I'd envisioned Sierra, whose parents had bred her for Harvard, walking to Physics 101 on the Middlesex Community College campus, but it's not my fault. I just deliver the mail; I don't write it.

"Are you . . . su-ure?" she asks me, sniffling and wiping her nose with the back of her hand.

I sigh. This is the inevitable question, and I always answer the same thing: "I'm sorry, but I've never been wrong."

I know that probably makes me sound like a total snob, but it's simple fact. Since freshman year, I've correctly predicted the futures of dozens of students at Stevens. It all started way before that, though, in junior high, when I correctly guessed who would win the million-dollar prize on every reality-TV show out there. At times I would have to think, really think, to know the answer, but sometimes I would just wake up and, clear as day, the face of the winner would pop into my mind. Soon, I started testing my abilities out on my friends, and my friends' friends, and before long, every other person at school wanted my services. Seriously, being a psychic will do more for your reputation than a driver's license or a head-to-toe Marc Jacobs wardrobe.

Sierra tosses her frizzed-out, corn-husk-blond spirals over her shoulder and straightens. "Well, maybe you saw someone else. Someone who looked like me. Isn't that possible?"

Actually, it isn't possible at all. Sierra has a totally warped sense of style, like Andy Warhol on crack. Everyday things lying around the house do not always make attractive accessories. I shrug, though, since I don't feel like explaining that hell would have a ski resort before two people on the face of this earth would think it was okay to tie their ponytail up in a Twizzler, and crane my neck toward the refreshment stand. I'm starving. Where are my French fries?

"I mean, I did get a twenty-three hundred on my SATs," she says, which is something she's told me, and the rest of the student body, about a billion times. She might as well have broadcast it on CNN. However, she hasn't taken into account the fact that there are thousands of other students across the country who also got those scores, and took college-level physics or calculus instead of Dramatic Expression as their senior extra_curricular activity. Everyone knows that Sierra Martin screwed herself by deciding to coast through her classes this year.

See, I'm not that spooky. Truth is, most people don't use enough of their brains to see the obvious. Part of it is just being keenly aware of human nature, like one of those British detectives on PBS. It's elementary, my dear Watson. Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the candlestick, and Sierra is so not Harvard material.

"We need to do the wave," Eden says, grabbing my arm. She doesn't bother to look at me; her attention is focused totally on the game, as usual. "They need us."

I squint at her. "It's an exhibition game."

She pulls a half-sucked Blow Pop from her mouth with a smack and says, "So?"

"Okay, you go, girl," I say, though I wish she wouldn't.

She turns around to face the dozen or so students in the bleachers, cups her hands around her lips, and screams, "Okay, let's do the wave!" Auburn hair trailing like a comet's tail, she runs as fast as her skinny, freckled legs can carry her to the right edge of the seats, then flails her arms and says to the handful of people there, "You guys first. Ready? One, and two, and three, and go!"

I don't bother to turn around. I know nobody is doing it. It's human nature--doing a wave during an exhibition game is _totally lame. Actually, doing a wave at all is totally lame. And nobody is going to listen to poor Miss Didn't-Make-the-Cheerleading-Squad.

She scowls and screams, "Morgan!" as she rushes past me, so I feel compelled to half stand. I raise my hands a little and let out a "woo!" Sierra doesn't notice Eden's fit of school spirit, since she's still babbling on about her three years as editor of the yearbook, as if giving me her entire life story will somehow get her closer to the Ivy League.

Eden returns a few seconds later, defeated, and slumps beside me. The spray of freckles on her face has completely disappeared into the deep crevasse on the bridge of her nose. "This school has no spirit."

It's true--and ironic, really--that, though my best friend, Eden McCarthy, probably has more school spirit in her pinky than the entire student body put together, she didn't make cheerleading. Being a cheerleader, though, isn't just about having spirit.
Eden could make a cow look graceful. I say, "Well, good try; A for effort," and pat her back.


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Meet the Author

CYN BALOG has been a California Girl and a Maine Girl, but she's first and foremost a Jersey Girl. No matter where she's lived, she's been writing.  Now, she's the Race & Event Manager for Runner's World, Running Times, and Bicycling magazines.  Which means that when she's not writing, she's probably either running or trying unsuccessfully solve a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle from 2003.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and infant daughter

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Fairy Tale 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
RevaAz More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book for something to read and I loved it. It very edgy and emotional. Loved it.
soto_caligrl02MI More than 1 year ago
well who said all endings should be fairy tale endings?? well this book makes you believe in second times around. Your loving and rooting for one character then you wish him the best but root for the other. It is a sad ending which i think we would all have liked if it was a bit longer, but none the less it was a good read, the main female character sounds a little selfish through out the book but towards the end you feel sorry for her and how her life is going. all said and done it was a pleasent read which i would recommend.
sportysunshine More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. This book was a beautiful story. By far one of the best books I have read this summer. Can't wait to read more!
kayeis More than 1 year ago
This book was a diffrent type of fairy book all togeether. One minute you love one charector the next you love the next one more. I geranty this book will make you cry because your sad and then cry all over again because of happiness.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Morgan Sparks and her boyfriend, Cam, have been together forever, basically. She knows they are perfect for each other, and nothing can break them apart. Then Pip, Cam's "cousin," comes to stay with him, and Cam is suddenly different. When Cam finally fesses up, he reveals to Morgan that he is a fairy. He and Pip were switched at birth, and Cam's biological brother died. Now Cam is the rightful heir as Fairy King. Morgan wants nothing more than to be with Cam forever. But he is physically changing, and Morgan can't help but think maybe he should leave. This debut novel was absolutely stunning. I wasn't sure what to expect, seeing how it is about a male fairy, which is kind of strange. But I fell in love with it. I loved everything about it. I didn't want it to end, though. I loved Morgan's character, but she did bug me sometimes. I couldn't decide who I liked better between Cam and Pip, but I think I choose Pip, because of the way he spoke. I recommend FAIRY TALE to everyone. It is amazing.
Helen Zhang More than 1 year ago
I treasured this book and could't put it down. It was amazing, i was so intrigued by this book, i felt that i was actually part of this story.
Deelovestoread More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Cyn Balog's story,characters and writing style. Morgan was such a fun character and loved her mother. Anyone would be lucky to fall for Cameron or Pip. I look forward to reading more of Cyn's books.
fantasygurlx3 More than 1 year ago
fairy tale is one of my favorite fantasy books! its an awesome story about a girl that lives a happy average/normal life in high school with a nice and ecstatic best friend, a gift for seeing what is goin to happen in the future, and has the one thing that every girl in her school wants: the most popular guy in school! and he is just perfect for her in every way, well a little too perfect! because he's been acting very strange every since his "cousin" comes to stay with him! and she fears that her boyfriend is hiding something from her! this book has adventure, teenage love, and many secrets! this book will forever be one of my all time favorite books!
Cassandra_JahLove More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved how there were no bad characters in this book, it was just a feel good book of love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good i mean like really good best fairy romance ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello fellow readers my name is Maria Tuckweaver. I am honered to be here tonight in Minot,ND. I absalutleuy love the plot and rising conflict and the end really makes for a good story, but I know that If you adore a good book and love that is terribly perfect, you wil love this book I garentee it or your money back.
babyvftw More than 1 year ago
This book kind of kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters; I felt as if I were a lot like Morgan personality wise. Ugh, but the ending is so sad and amazing at the same time! I was wishing Cam was back to normal and didnt have to leave. I honestly would love to know how the author pictured both Pip and Cam!
Lily Gleason More than 1 year ago
i left tear drops on my nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it to death!!!!!
SoaringLove More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book about a girl who has the best boyfriend in the world. Then he starts acting weird. Soon she figures out that he's a fairy and he doesn't even belong here. The fairy king sent him away because he was sick and couldn't take the thrown. Well now they know that he is ok and they want him back because his older brother, died. I can't say anymore about the book. I dont wanna spoil it for you ;] I just Can't Get Enough !
The_Book_Queen More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest-- when I first saw the cover for this book earlier this year, I fell in love with it-- or lust, since the original title (which was soon changed, why, I have no clue!) was Fairy Lust. The cover art caught my eye, and the summary finished drawing me in. Fairies, forbidden love, a possible love triangle... really, what about that doesn't sound interesting? I don't even know where to start-- over all, this book was great, truly an interesting (and unique) story. Did it have it's flaws? Sure, but what book doesn't. But there were only a few things about the book that bothered me (mainly the way that the characters acted/spoke during a few parts of the books, they seemed more like whiny teenagers than the strong characters I prefer in my books, but in the end, they managed to straighten up a bit), and none of these flaws were enough to make me dislike the book in any way. Instead, I've been captivated by Balog's writing, and I'm anxious to see more from this promising new author. Really, if this debut is this good, can you imagine what future books will be like? Wow! Back to the book-- the plot was good, and it really made me stop and think: what would you do if the love of your life suddenly told you he was a fairy? And what if he was going to leave for the other side to be King of the fairies in only a handful of days? What would you do, how would you react? And to make it even more complicated, what if the guy who's suppose to take his spot back on Earth starts attracting your attention-- is it okay to fall for the man replacing your boyfriend, even if there's no other way for it to work out? Morgan's life is thrown into instant turmoil, and I can't say I envy her having to deal with it all! Despite all these troubles, Morgan must continue her everyday life like nothing is wrong-- after all, she can't exactly ask her parents or friends for help, can you imagine trying to explain that your boyfriend, the All-American boy for the town, football star and all around tough-guy, is now a fairy, wasting away before your eyes, while no one else can see the fairy changes going on? She'd be locked up in the mental hospital quicker than she can say 'Tinker Bell'! Add to this the fact that Morgan has a unique talent: she can see visions of people's futures, except for Cam's, which is explained when she finds out his secret, of course. As far as the characters go, at the beginning, I was all for Cam-- he seemed like a sweet guy, yet masculine enough to satisfy the 'strong male' role that I so love in my romances. The connection between Morgan and Cam was there, and it was one of those 'aw' kind of moments, since they've been together from a very young age, from elementary crush to high school sweethearts. But as soon as Pip, the human baby stolen 16 years ago and taken to Fairy, comes into the story, and we learn more about him and watch as he tries to figure out this bizarre world and fit in, I found myself leaning more towards Pip instead of Cam....And so does Morgan! I'm not surprised that Morgan had such a hard time deciding, I know I would have. Which would you choose, the one you've known and loved all your life or the new boy who's making you blush and laugh over the simplest things? .... To read full review (apparently it excedes the max for B&N, sorry!), please visit my blog: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com
MyndiL 24 days ago
Starting out, I wasn't quite sure what to think and honestly, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. In the end it was pretty good though! As I went through the story I had varying thoughts of how it should end up. On the one hand, who doesn't want a happily ever after? On the other hand, in order for that to happen ... well, there just wasn't a way for EVERYONE in the story to get that happily ever after. So I respect the direction the author took. I didn't think I'd be happy if it went this way, but I am satisfied in a bittersweet kind of way. I enjoy the lore of the story. I like the thought of this parallel world with fairies who can see us but can't come over except on certain days. I like the fact that there might be a few of us humans who can witness their magic. The part of the story that was hard to wrap my mind around, was how seemingly careless the fairies are. These are not your Tinkerbell fairies, these are not the evil fairies of some stories, they are somewhere in between. It was interesting. All in all, this read very much like a Young Adult novel. I think middle school aged kids would enjoy it and relate to it a bit better than my middle aged self. But it was cute and enjoyable for what it was.
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Always hoped for a sequel tho
Love_Books525 More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was super cute! I love how it ended! but I just wish that the way she ended was a lot better. More into the story not just cut off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woops I unintentionally purchased this through "Nook Book" and spent a good few minutes trying desperately to return it. However, seeing as I couldn't, I figured I might as well read it since I had paid for it. The plot itself was cute. Though, I felt like a lot was left unexplained at the end (Pip's point of view on..well...everything, Cam's dreams about OtherWorld, etc.) and I didn't quite appreciate the irrupt ending. I wished the characters would have had more dimension to them- they just seem to fall a little flat. Nonetheless, it was a fun easy read. You can pretty much guess the plot from the get-go but it still kept me entertained enough to want to keep reading it till the end. Not bad for a book I DIDN'T want to buy in the first place. Hah!
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