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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amanda Ashby lives in New Zealand.

More About the Author

I was born in Australia but have spent the last ten years dividing my time between England and New Zealand. When I'm not moving, I like to write books (okay, I also like to watch television, eat chocolate, and sit around doing not much, but let's just keep that between ourselves, shall we?). I have a degree in English and journalism from the University of Queensland and am married with two young children. My debut book, You Had Me At Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and I now write young adult and mid grade books for Puffin.

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This was a cute, fun read that had lots of humor and a great story.
Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book
I also loved most of the secondary characters, and particularly enjoyed it whenever the fairies came on the scene.
James F. Booth
I recommend it for people who like young adult urban fantasy with a touch of romance.
K. M. Martin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James F. Booth on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love Ashby's writing and was so excited to get an advance copy of this. It's a funny paranormal, which is rare to find, and I was laughing quite a bit throughout the book. But aside from the humor, there's some great mythology here and I liked how she handled the paranormal aspect of this world. I really got a good sense of what was being taught at the Academy and how all the Elementals (i.e. paranormal creatures) are taken care of.

Emma is a great heroine and I loved her voice. She's fierce, stubborn, loyal, sarcastic, and so many other things. She had a good journey and changed over the course of the book. Her romance with Curtis was sweet, realistic, and taken fairly slowly. There's no love at first sight here- it builds throughout their interactions. I also loved most of the secondary characters, and particularly enjoyed it whenever the fairies came on the scene.

Overall, a fun paranormal read to take to the beach (or really anywhere) with you! I think those who liked Hex Hall would enjoy this book. It's also a bargain since it's a paperback original! So go grab your copy now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Is there anything bad about this book? No
Is there anything memorable about this book? No
Is this book just simple fun? Yes!

Fairy Bad Day is about Emma, a girl who is absolutely certain she'll be a dragon slayer, like her deceased Mom. And then, of course, she doesn't get the job! Now she's stuck chasing fairies around the mall all day.

But not all the fairies are small. Emma is having to chase a giant fairy, a fairy only she can see! And Curtis, the dragon slayer, helps her. Soon they both find out secrets about each other and become connected, and all the while they hunt a killer fairy and try to find out where it came from. Does Emma's Mom have anything to do with it's sudden appearance?

Fairy Bad Day is sweet and fun. The characters are interesting and likable (except for the bad ones). The cover is cool. But nothing about it makes it stand out. I would recommend borrowing it, not buying it. Enjoying it once will be enough.

Content: Kissing. Interest level: Ages 11 to 15
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Supernatural Snark on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fairy Bad Day is a charming story full of humor and general hilarity, leaving us thoroughly entertained and earning itself a place on our shelves among those stories that are go-to reads when we need a big smile on our faces. The characters are all adorably quirky and have sharp wits they put to good use on a regular basis, their antics making for a fun, light read that succeeds in being memorable despite not being a story that elicits a potent emotional reaction in us. Each chapter brings a delightful coupling of elements-silly humor with serious mystery, giddy attraction with tragic loss, and ridiculous mischief with intense responsibility-thereby undeniably satisfying us on a multitude of levels as we shut the back cover tingling with the pleasant warmth of having finished and all-around good read.

Emma is a young woman with admirable drive and determination, bent on honoring her mother's memory by becoming a dragon slayer and living the life she's always wanted. Unfortunately, the school's tests indicate Emma is to be a fairy-slayer instead, a designation with far less danger and prestige, and one she believes takes considerably less skill. Though we understand her initial extreme disappointment and anger, her whining to anyone who will listen about the injustice of the slight she's suffered begins to get old fast, as does her openly hostile treatment of Curtis. Luckily for us though, Emma does climb her way out of the pit of selfish despair she so dramatically throws herself in at the beginning, shoring up her resolve and embracing her new status as the world of fairy-slaying suddenly proves to be much harder and much more dire than it first appeared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Thoughts: Before I started Fairy Bad Day, I thought it looked like a really cute read. Fairies, dragons, and other mythological characters, whats not to like?

We are introduced into the world of Burtonwood Academy and Emma's life. Emma's mom was a dragon slayer so that is all she's ever wanted to be. Emma's mom died a few years ago and ever since she's been motivated to follow in her footsteps. Each student at Burtonwood has sight and gets classified into a different area. We also meet Emma's friends Loni and Tyler.

Emma is so excited to be slaying dragons so when she ends up getting placed with fairies she is beyond furious. How can this be happening? And on top of that Curtis has gotten placed with dragons. What the heck? What is so special about him? Why did he get it over her? She doesn't understand so she makes Curtis her archenemy and plans to prove herself better than him so the Principal changes his mind.

The whole book basically focuses on Emma's quest to get back in with dragons but in the process still has to do her job and kill faeries. And on top of that she gets partnered with none other than Curtis and they have to share their experiences. While she is out slaying faeries, she runs into some secrets and discovers a whole new faerie who looks just like a dragon. He's such a rare breed that nobody has ever heard of him, except for the one person she can't ask. Her mother.

Does Emma defeat it? Does Curtis finally earn Emma's friendship? Does Emma get her answers she's been desperately searching for? Find the book now to find out.

Overall: Even though there are a few serious issues that could be dug into, Fairy Bad Day was more of a fun read for me. It felt a little lower than Young Adult to me though.
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