Monday, April 9, 2012

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

Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale by Tamra Torero
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date:  May 8th, 2012
ISBN:  1599559633
Genre:  Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Author Links:  Goodreads    Facebook    
Blurb:  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!
My thoughts:  This one is a very light / quick read - it was fun, and an excellent clean read even for middle schoolers - even if the characters are in high school.  If you like paranormal books, this one is a cute take on fairies - or a half-faerie!!!  It does not involve good vs. evil, but a faerie coming of age, and coming into her powers.  Very cute!

Shayla is very believable as a half-faerie, figuring out not only her faerie half, but also her human half.  She has always been home-schooled, but now in her junior year is starting her public school experience as the new girl!  She struggles to connect with the "right" clique.  However, she does find friends in both circles.  As she becomes more comfortable in her high school life, she is finding strange things happening in her faerie magical realm.  As the story progresses, she discovers the inter-connectedness of both worlds.  

Jace, the jock, is a character that I thought I would hate in the beginning.  I found myself falling for him as the story developed.  He is such a great guy!  Not only is he the popular football quarterback, but he is a genuine nice guy.  Jodi and Daniel are true friends to Shayla.  They are there when she needs them, and provide her guidance, not only in her human life, but also often providing much needed advice for her faerie life.  

You've got to read this great story to see how things sort themselves out in the end.  I did hate to see the story end.  I want to read more about what happens to Shayla, her family, and her friends.  I hope there will be a sequel for this one.

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