Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale

Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale

by Tamra Torero

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ISBN-13: 9781462102358
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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File size: 2 MB

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Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AlsaceLorraine More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story for tweens, teens & adults alike..The story brings you into the world of teens in high school, which we all remember vividly, only this has a twist which keeps you mezmorized ,wondering what exciting fantasy experience Shayla is going to have next. Tamra torero's sense of humor and ability to touch your heart, draws you into Shayla's half-faerie,half human life wishing you could be her very best friend to help her through it all. I'm anxiously awaiting her next book,knowing it will have even more exciting adventures for Shayla. I loved this book so much because it leaves you feeling uplifted & peaceful & hoping our kids will be inspired to have a wonderful high school experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute story. Just the right dose of familiar and different. Would recommend for all ages. Worth your time and money for sure.
kcody03 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Step into a world where faerie¿s exist and high school is still the biggest obstacle.This was a wonderful coming of age story with a magical twist to it. The beautiful imagery and descriptive wording transports readers into a world similar and yet different than their own.Shayla is a young girl who not only has to deal with her unusual powers, but the pressures of high school. I really enjoyed getting to know her she was a sweet character and I understood much of what she was going through. I had a great time reading about Shayla¿s journey and seeing how she handled all of the new changes in her life as well as seeing how much she grew.This is a fairy tale for all ages that fans of fantasy will really enjoy!
Readaba on LibraryThing 10 months ago
First of all, because I feel this is important, I¿m going to point out that this story isn¿t in any way bad. It¿s very reminiscent of the stories I would read on FictionPress back in the day (the good ones, that is as anyone who¿s been on FictionPress will know that it has a very wide range of quality). It¿s enjoyable from start to finish. It¿s a high school tale with a paranormal (half-)faerie twist. The only problem is that there is very little by way of danger.It stays in the fairly safe zone of the cliché high school story: new girl (albeit with a half-faerie twist); geeky guy best friend; unpopular girl best friend; popular cheerleader who¿s nasty to everyone and looks down on her `followers¿; good looking jock who takes an interest in the new girl; posse who surrounds evil cheerleader and romantic interest jock.For a long time, the focus is on Shayla fitting in at public school after having spent her whole life moving around the country with her grandparents in their mobile home. Obviously, public school is very different to the home-schooling that she¿s used to. Not to mention that the faerie half of her can make things difficult ¿ such as turning invisible or having to find a way to deal with her pointed ears when she¿s required to tie her hair back in science class.I really didn¿t understand where the romantic interest came from. For Shayla, sure, he was good looking and she felt some form of attraction. For Jace, I am completely clueless. As of the very first day he shows interest in her and there¿s no explanation as to why he would. What was with him inviting her to be part of the student council or committee or whatever it was? It gets mentioned when he invites her to be a part of it and then it gets dropped. They never have a meeting or anything like that. In that way, the romance didn¿t really work for me. It was sweet, but it didn¿t have a foundation. I might have overlooked this a few years ago but as it is, I found I wasn¿t particularly interested in whether or not Shayla and Jace had a future together.The other thing is that only one lesson is ever shown: first period science class. There are also plenty of scenes in the cafeteria, but we never see Shayla in any other class. Why not? Well, possibly to keep from boring the reader with passages where little happens, but it got to the point where it felt like science class was the only one that existed.Eventually some sort of threat is introduced, but it doesn¿t actually becoming very threatening until the very end of the book. I think I just wanted more of a sense of danger from the book. As it was, it was mostly about day to day life in high school. I¿ve done that once and it¿s not something I¿m in a rush to get back to (though of course my lycée experience was very different to the typical American high school experience).As for the ending itself, there were a lot of new, different ideas introduced very quickly that were never expanded on. Had they been introduced earlier on in the story, I might have cared about them, but as it was they only garnered some form of mild interest from me. The author had stuck me in a situation where (I think) she expected me to get caught up in the action but because all of this had had no lead up, I didn¿t really manage to get beyond a mild interest.Mister Digby was an interesting character ¿ possibly the most interesting. He was one of the few where the author managed to leave me unsure of where I stood with him. I went through phases with him. At first I thought he was another faerie, then I thought he was some form of troll, and then I just couldn¿t figure him out at all. The descriptions of him were good, though. I kept imagining something similar to Professor Flitwick form the Harry Potter books.As I said at the start of the review, the book isn¿t bad. It¿s just slow and it should be taken as such. This is not the sort of story where the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. It¿s one to be enjoyed in a moment of calm
eternalised More than 1 year ago
An okay read, but didn’t really stand out from the crowd. Shayla is a half-faerie with magical powers, but she also has spunk and personality. Unfortunately, the plot doesn’t offer much originality, and the writing is just okay. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Shayla has had an interesting life so far. She got the chance to travel the country with her grandparents while she did homeschool. After her grandfather passes away though, Shayla's grandmother decides it's time to settle down. Settling into a new public school would be hard enough, but Shayla also has to contend with the fact that she is, in fact, a faerie. Well, half a faerie. Not only does she have to learn to work her way through the social structure of school, but she also has to learn how to deal with her faerie magic. This all may be harder said then done. This is a very cute book. I really felt for Shayla and all the changes going on in her life. The teenage years are hard enough without having to worry about how to hide your pointed ears from the rest of the school. Luckily Shayla makes some good friends along the way, and she even manages to catch the eye of a handsome young man. I found Shayla's problems to be, for the most part, very relatable. We may not all be faeries, but I think we've all wanted to disappear for a bit. I just never realized the problems disappearing could make too. I kind of saw where the plot was going, but I still had great fun reading it. Although the book still managed to give me a surprise or two in there too, so that was good. This is just an easy read that will let you escape for a bit into a world that may seem very familiar. Young girls will enjoy the book too, and they will probably see a lot of themselves in Shayla.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clean tween-teen novel that's fun and entertaining. Enjoyable and different from beginning to end. Shayla is someone you'd want for a friend. And Josi, too!
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
Shayla Witherwood was like Bewitched goes to high school, but she’s a half-fairy instead of a witch. I got the Bewtiched vibe because Shayla would use her fairy powers for very small, every day things like the witch Samantha would. It was a cute, fun, and sweet tale about a girl trying to fit in. As the story goes on, there are a few small twists and and it was fun to see her learn more about who she is. The voice and writing were enjoyable, but the foreshadowing was a little heavy-handed for my taste. Sometimes it seemed like Shayla was a kind of dense, but overall she was a very adorable and relatable character. I thought her best friend had a lot of personality and was fun to read about. The boy Shayla has a crush seemed like he had kind of a flat personality. I really enjoyed the shout-out to the Lagoon Amusement park in Utah (which I’ve been to several times). Overall it was a fun, clean read about the sweet and magical fairies you think about when you’re young.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Step into a world where faerie’s exist and high school is still the biggest obstacle. This was a wonderful coming of age story with a magical twist to it. The beautiful imagery and descriptive wording transports readers into a world similar and yet different than their own. Shayla is a young girl who not only has to deal with her unusual powers, but the pressures of high school. I really enjoyed getting to know her she was a sweet character and I understood much of what she was going through. I had a great time reading about Shayla’s journey and seeing how she handled all of the new changes in her life as well as seeing how much she grew. This is a fairy tale for all ages that fans of fantasy will really enjoy!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale is cute and fun with a dark ending. Tamra Torero threw me for a dark surprise with the twisted ending in this sweet fairy tale. Torero also sets a storyline with the popular and unpopular clique groups that teens in high school are into, and how Shayla has the strength to resist this peer pressure. Tamra Torero writes about serious issues with teens, but she didn't hold back on the fun part of being a teenager. There are lots of laughs with all the characters and sweet first love romance. Torero ended this novel with a satisfied ending, but she did leave a small opening where there could be another book. Shayla is a sixteen year old homeschooler who's not too sure she’s ready to face Jasper Jenkins public high school. But when Mr. Jock Quarterback, Jace, starts liking Shayla, she thinks she could start to like public school just fine. Where there's a jock, there's also a cheerleader. Bree is the cheerleader queen who doesn't like Shayla taking her Jace and Shayla finds out not everyone plays nice. Shayla is trying to keep her half-faerie identity a secret, but this is getting a little complicated for Shayla when her human world and her faerie world collide. Shayla will have to stand strong in her own strength of who she knows she is and who she wants to be to fight in both worlds. Shayla and Jace’s first love is the sweet and cute kind, with Jace wanting to be Shayla’s strong protector. Jace might be strong on the outside with that beautiful quarterback body, but Shayla will become his inner strength and show Jace it’s all right to be who you really want to be. Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale is cute, fun, sarcastic, and has a sweet romance. It also touches on some of today’s serious teen issues. I recommend this as a wonderful, young adult read.
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
Let’s just say this book was a bit of a letdown. Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale, started out strong, I was excited and really sucked into the plot. Shayla is a very likable character; she is spunky, funny, and friendly to everyone. The supporting characters are also likable, well except the mean ones. The story even has a nice happy, tidy ending, though there is an opening if the author wants to write another book. What I didn’t like, was the ending. Things just started to happen, way too quickly, and then everything ended, and I felt like I was cheated. The last quarter of the book felt like the author spent tons of time developing the plot and characters in the beginning of the book, and then wasn’t sure how to end the story, or didn’t want the book to be too long, so she just rushed everything out as quickly as possible. That disappointed me. Now, a younger kid, like 5th or 6th grade, probably wouldn’t notice, but if the kid is an avid reader, advanced reader, or from say 9th grade and up, they probably will notice the really rushed ending, adults will most likely notice it too and just think, why did I waste my time? I am giving this book 3 stars, even though it wasn’t all that great, mostly because it is completely appropriate for kids to read. There is no sex, no compromising situations, very minor violence (it comes as part of the very, very quick ending), and the characters are likable and good role models for kids, well except for the mean ones. Shayla is a great example of a stand up kid; she is friendly to everyone, sticks up for her friends, and doesn’t abuse her powers. Just what every teacher or parent would want their kids to be like, if those kids had special powers that is! If you are looking for a simple, fast paced book about fairies, your kids will probably enjoy this book. Feel confident in recommending this title, as there is nothing in it that you wouldn’t want your kids to be exposed to, unless you are against fairy tales. I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com