Details: Paperback, 336 pgs.
Published: June 9th, 2011 by Speak
Reading Level: Young Adult
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 fairy – and 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?
Fairy Bad Day was a lot of fun with quirky characters and a fantastic story line. And while it was a lot of fun it had serious tones to it as well, though I wouldn’t say it was ever heavy. It was fast, it was easy to read, and it had parts that had me giggling and parts that had me feeling the pain of the characters and the trials they were going through.
In the beginning I didn’t really like Emma. She was only thinking about herself and not taking anyone else into consideration. But she really grew as a person and I came to love her character. She was kick butt and very brave. She stood up for her friends and family and would do anything to protect them. Her friends were a lot of fun as well. Loni who was often the voice of reason, though was full of quirk; Tyler who put a bet on anything; and Curtis, the cute boy who got the dragon slaying job but has some secrets of his own. He was cute and was a good and true friend. I also can’t leave out the fairies. Oh man, they were my favorite! They were full of sass and were hilarious! They were small (like less then a foot tall) and could fly and they just did the funniest things. I would have loved to have seen even more of them.
In this book Emma has to deal with a lot. Her mom was a famous dragon slayer and when she doesn’t get assigned to dragon slaying, but rather fairy slaying (there’s never even been a fairy slayer before!) she’s MAD. She’s determined to change things but then something new pops up. Something big and scary and no one else can see it. Through the faith and help of her friends they are able to figure things out and commence to kick butt. And Emma deals with some things concerning her dead mother, her father and his new wife and a romance.
This was a fun book that I recommend to those who like a paranormal that’s on the light side but with some heavier issues.