Review: Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale by Tamra Torero

Rating: 3 out of 5


Expected Publication: May 8th 2012


A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious.

Shayla Witherwood is not exactly normal. First of all, she’s spent her entire life being homeschooled, traveling in an RV around the country with her grandparents. And second, there’s the kind of inescapable fact that her mom was a genuine faerie.

But now that she’s starting a real life in a regular high school, Shayla desperately needs to stay out of trouble in both worlds because even her faerie powers might not be enough to protect her from what’s coming.

In her latest novel, Tamra Torero spins a magical tale filled with laugh-out-loud sarcasm, surprising twists, and spell-binding romance. Perfect for fairytale fans of all ages, this is one story you won’t want to miss!
This is going to be a short review for this light, sweet story, with alright characters and good writing. As you might have guessed, yes, this book was nice, average, but nothing that really blew me away.

Shayla lives with her grandma, and knows already that she's a half-faery. She joins a high school for the first time after years of homeschooling so this is really a 'coming of age' school story. She makes a friend, gets the eye of the high school hottie, makes a few blunders as she comes to terms with her super-abilities, and has reservations about the next new girl to arrive, Nadia. New girl has a secret, and its up to Shayla to save the day.

There's also snark with a nasty, beautiful popular girl whose a cheerleader, fun and games with Shayla's sidekicks, and a mysterious janitor called Bob-O.

The problem with reading book after book is that we bloggers get immune to the same stories and I'm afraid that happened to me when I read this. It wasn't anything new, and I've read the similar story many times before.

However, saying that, if you love faery school stories then you'll love it. Except boyfriend Jace's fish breath. For some reason that image just won't leave my head!
-CB xx
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