Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

by Cyn Balog

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Overview

A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375891021
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 876,562
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Cyn Balog is the race and event manager for Runner’s World, Running Times, and Bicycling magazines. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and infant daughter.

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CHAPTER 1

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 have come 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."

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Fairy Tale 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 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
ctmsabmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Fairy Tale is one of the most creative books i have ever read. Cyn Balog makes the characters that spring to life.Morgan,is a girl who is living the high school dream, Dating the quarterback of the high school football team,and having friends that will do anything for her. until something comes in the way and slowly tears things apart. Not only was the beginning and middle of the book good,but the ending tied it all together. Balog could not have ended the story any better. It leaves you with a thought that inspires you and also makes you want to cry. You know a book is good when it effects your emotions.It is a great example of the phrase if you love something you have to let it go.
The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing 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? It's a hard choice, and she has to remember that as much as she loves Cam, there's no way to get around the fact that after October 15th (their 16th birthday), he'll be transported to Fairy, and she'll never see him again, while good old Pip will be staying here. What's a girl to do? 4.5 STARS! Fairy Tale is a wonderful debut, beautiful and witty, with characters that will seem almost real at times, ready to reach through the pages and touch you. A spectacular novel that will have you alternating between laughing, sighing, and daydreaming, and always asking: what next? This is the perfect fantasy romance for anyone, teenagers or older, who loves all things magical-- you'll find yourself drawn right into the story, so prepare to lock the door a
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FAIRY TALE, by Cyn Balog, is a bittersweet 'fairy' tale about a teenage girl trying to hold onto the guy of her dreams. Morgan and Cam have been girlfriend and boyfriend since they were little. Morgan thought she was the only supernatural in their relationship (she is psychic) but as it turns out Cam is a fairy changeling. He was never supposed to survive but the Fairy world wants him back and they send along a dangerous and gorgeous fairy girl to do it. Morgan fights for the love of her life, but soon finds herself dreaming of another...Cyn Balog seems to have the uncanny ability to create stories that weave themselves into my heart right from the beginning. I loved the realtionship between Morgan and Cam. They have been together so long, they were practically the same person. And at the end of the day, they still adored each other. But, the apperance of Pip and Dawn change both of their lives forever. The characters in this book were really great. I found myself attached to all of them in different ways and I wanted them all to be happy in the end. Pip was odd at first but after Morgan gave him a 'makeover' his confidence and charm really stood out. Since these characters were so great, I found myself disappointed in just getting Morgan's POV. I would have loved to see Pip's previous life and also Cam's training with Dawn.Overall, this was a great book and a different take on a fairy tale where 'happily ever after' is in the eye of the beholder.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Morgan and Cam have always been together. Their fun and easy friendship naturally transitioned into a comfortable and loving relationship. Everything is perfect. They seem to be a match made in heaven. They even share the same birthday and Morgan and Cam have been planning a big sweet sixteen-birthday bash for months.A week before the big event things start to change. A stranger named Pip moves in with Cam and there seems to be secrets surrounding the reason for his appearance. Morgan begins to get a glimpse of what is going on when Cam drags her into an empty classroom at school and reveals a pair of wings ready to burst out of their encasement on his back.Cam is a fairy. He is the heir to the throne of Otherworld and the Fairy King wants him back to start preparing for his future. This isn¿t how Morgan saw her life at all. How is she going to spend the rest of her life with Cam if he is a fairy? More importantly, how is she supposed to plan and enjoy a sweet sixteen party when it¿s the same night Cam is supposed to go over to Otherworld?Cyn Balog has done something interesting. She has written a wonderful fairy story, but we get to experience it through Morgan¿s human point of view. The characters are loveable and the story is unique. Fans of Melissa Marr¿s WICKED LOVELY and Cassandra Clare¿s MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series will definitely want to read FAIRY LUST.
plettie2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young girls will like this book. I think it is an interesting twist on the fairy thing and very easy for girls to relate to. The writing is good, overall. It is a bit of a light, quick read, but definitely worth putting in a student library.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book just didn't do it for me. Morgan is rather self-involved and there is no chemistry between her and Cam. There is very little information about the fairy world. I think the book was supposed to be funny, but it seemed sarcastic; not in a good way. It also seemed silly. I was disappointed. If it hadn't been such a quick read, I probably would not have bothered finishing it.my rating 1/5
TheBookCellar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fairy Tale was one of those addicting books you cannot put down! I love anything in the fairy genre, so I was excited to read Fairy Tale. From page one, the story and characters captivate you and have you so caught up in their world that by the time the real conflict of the story takes place, it pulls you in so much more. It has an ending that will definately surprise and appeal to readers. The characters were probably my favorite part of Fairy Tale. All of them were powerful, well-rounded characters that just popped off the page. Every single character, even Dawn the "villain" of the novel, had you feeling for them. They all had some aspect you could relate to.This was a fantastic debut novel!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cam and Morgan had been together for as long as they both can remember, growing, learning and loving together. They are even planning their joint 16th birthdays together. Then suddenly things change and it turns out Cam isn¿t who either of them thought he was. Desperate to keep her love with her Morgan hatches a plan to defeat a diabolical fairy determined to take Cam away, even if it means sacrificing the freedom and wellbeing of another boy who is rapidly becoming just as special to her.This certainly isn¿t your typical young adult story with the easy happy ending. In that respect I think that it was interesting. Originality is something I¿m starting to appreciate more and more. On the other hand I had a really hard time liking Morgan. She was just too self-involved, superficial and fickle for me to really enjoy her as a character. I did like both Cam and Pip and couldn¿t help but feel bad for each of them. Ultimately the book felt like it defeated itself, nobody wanted to fight hard enough against inevitability and although I could see what was coming and didn¿t really mind how it worked out, it was still a slight disappointment. Overall this is an interesting story with some original plot lines which would be good for those who enjoy teen romances but aren¿t looking for the typical HEA.As an aside, it is my understanding that the original title for this book was ¿Fairy Lust¿ but that upon publication they changed it to ¿Fairy Tale¿. I do see the reasoning behind the change, although all things considered the original title was rather apropos as well.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Morgan and Cameron have been together since birth. But a week before their joint birthdays, Cam¿s ¿cousin¿ Pip appears out of nowhere. To add fuel to the fire, he¿s here to take Cam¿s place in the life. Why? Because for Cam¿s 16th birthday his present is to take over the throne as Fairy King. Slowly Cam transforms into a winged fairy and Pip is turning, well hot. With the help of Dawn, Cam¿s guide to the other world but also his betrothed, he learns to accept his destiny. But where does this leave Morgan? She¿ll do anything to save Cam and keep him here in their world, even if it defies fate or what they truly desire¿ Review: When I first heard about Fairy Tale, I knew right away I just had to get this book. Fairy Tale was a fun read from start to finish. What I love about this book was how it was not too overly dramatic. The emotions there were real and understanding and never once over the top, like water works sprouting every half page. Some of the highlight characters for me were definitely Pip and Dawn. Pip had this guy-next-book type of vibe, this adorable yet hot persona. I love his chivalrous attitude and devotion of love that he shows to Morgan. Dawn as well was a great character for me. Despite the fact that she¿s the so-called villain in the novel, I just could not help but empathize with her. The ending is also love for me. It was bittersweet but definitely well done. Again nicely executed and nothing too over the top. It fell right in place with the overall storyline. Bravo. Since the ending can either make or break the book sometimes. But I have some problems with this book. Some parts of Fairy Tale gave me a reminiscence of Wondrous Strange. A) Cam is the prince to the Otherworld¿Kelly was the princess. B) They both involved something being stolen in their cribs and placed in the other world. Aside from this, I had a few questions regarding the novel. Say by day, Cam is slowly changing into a fairy, but no one notices, however Pip is changing as well. Do people notice his sudden growth/change? What about going back and forth from the fairy world? They mention it¿s an invisible portal but that doesn¿t really explain the details of it. And how did they, the fairies, know that Cam was still alive? I am not entirely saying that Fairy Tale was completely the same as Wondrous Strange. That, my dear, is called plagiarizing. Fairy Tale still brings a new voice to the ever growing category. Overall: These are all small little details that the reader will not really notice unless you want to nick and pick. And overall Fairy Tale was a fun read.