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Wonderfully written, with witty dialogue, Shayla Witherwood will have you laughing and smiling throughout this story. She's a refreshing change of heroine from your usual gritter YA characters, and a great role-model for younger teens. A fantastic read! --Lit Girl's Blog

Well thought out, well written, and tenderly delightful. An innocent coming of age tale with a flare of mystical magic. --E & K Family Book Review

Tamra Torero hit all the key points in a teenagers life including romance, cliques, geeks, and more in this laugh out loud book. It has action, humor, wit, and adventure. Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Farie Tale is a real page turner. I recommend this book for any fairy loving reader! --lil_jills_spill

About the Author

Tamra Torero fills her life with all things sweet, from her nine children and two grandsons, to her husband, Paco. By day she creates sweet things to eat as a bakery manager, and by night she creates sweet stories (which all-too often require 'brain food', aka Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate). She enjoys reading in the bathtub, watching movies in bed, and dancing in the kitchen. She is the author of seven novels for children and teens.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,054,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley to review.

Well, what can I say? I didn't expect to give such a high rating to this novel, but it definitely earned it. The writing style was really nice, and except for a couple of places, there were no grammatical mistakes. Nothing that needed to be fixed.

It was a light and bright read with a really positive twist. It had been a while since I read a book that made me see pink in the world, so I really loved that. Most books leave me with an emotional overload that has me either depressed or exhilarated. This book left me with a calm, peaceful feeling in my heart. It's truly amazing.

The story was paced neither too fast, nor too slow... just the perfect in-between. There was some action, there was friendship, and sweet romantic twist that made my heart flutter.

Some real-life teen issues were touched - like popularity, jealousy, power hunger, cliques and so on. But the way the author dealt with it all was so subtle, so positive and powerful that it had a really sweet effect on the 'bad' (but not evil) characters.

Now let's talk characters:

*Shayla - well, when I started reading the book, I thought that I wouldn't love a girl who isn't comfortable in her own body. But the way she grew up into her skin was really awesome, and I just loved the changes. I loved her thought process, and how she didn't put herself as the most important. She was ready to sacrifice herself for the people she loved, and that was really altruistic.

*Josi - the ever curious friend, who made me laugh throughout the book with her sarcasm and observations. I wasn't at all surprised when she figured out what Shayla was all on her own.

*Jace - I can only say that I loved the transformation in him.
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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!
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Shayla Witherwood wishes she was an ordinary teenage girl, but she isn't, she is actually half fairy. Her mother died when she was young and her dad, though he cares, hasn't really been in the picture for some time. She lives currently with her grandma who for many years has been home schooling her along with her fairy trainer of sorts named Trebor. Recently, though her grandma has decided it is time for her to go to public school. It's important to her because she wants Shayla to start learning the ways of the real world and how to acclimate herself to it; both her human and fairy half.

School starts off busy and confusing. Shayla quickly learns a good amount of the social hierarchy. She makes friends, but also enemies, the head cheerleader Bree to be exact. Bree quickly decides that she hates her, because the guy Bree wants to date (who happens to be the quarterback of the football team), takes an interest in Shayla instead.

She also has trouble with her science teacher who is anything but caring and by being strict helps her figure out her first half fairy problem. At the end of every week there is a science lab and it is required that all students with long hair put there hair in a ponytail prior to the beginning of each lab. Which to normal people may not seem like a big deal, but for Shayla it is because her ears are pointy and would totally give away that she is not your normal everyday teenage girl. There is also this weird sort of goth girl who shows up a few weeks after Shayla. She's quiet and nice, but to Shayla something seems off.

I enjoyed this book the story was well thought out, fun, and suspenseful. I could at times really sympathize with her in certain situations because we all have something we have to deal with in life.
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