Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Spotlight (6) and Book Review: Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

Title: Fairy, Texas (Fairy, Texas #1)
Author: Margo Bond Collins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Released February 6th, 2014
Received ebook copy for review
Rating: 4/5

Summary

Laney Harris thinks there might be monsters in Fairy, Texas. 

She's right.

When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that "boring" would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class. 

Boring takes on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

If she's going to survive in this small town, she'll have to learn to wing it (Summary from Goodreads).

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*I received an ebook copy of Fairy, Texas in exchange for an honest review*

Possible Spoilers Ahead!

This was another quick, yet pleasant read that I finished within a couple sittings.  I really enjoyed the light, humorous tone of Fairy, Texas.  It was very refreshing from the dark YA books I have been reading lately. It really reminded me of the great Meg Cabot books I read several years ago.

Some likable qualities of the book, besides its light tone, were the characters.  I actually liked the main character Laney. She had a good sense of humor and was one of those characters that likes to joke when facing a dangerous situation. There were two main male demons/fairies/angels (they use the names interchangeably). Josh was sweet and I enjoyed the interactions between him and Laney. I feel neutral toward Mason.  He doesn't bother me, but I don't exactly like his character, either.

There was a hilarious "fake" love triangle going on between Laney, Josh, and Mason. I won't reveal too much, but it was done on purpose to confuse the bad guys. However, the relationship between Laney and Josh is real, and I really ship that ship.

The story itself I thought at first might be a little stereotypical YA romantic fantasy, but I ended up getting hooked and loving every moment of it (and it wasn't that stereotypical Twilight stuff).

Overall, I truly enjoyed this read and I flew through it! The writing isn't exactly the best I've read, but the story and the characters are what made it great for me.  I'm hoping the second book isn't too far away because I need more of Laney!

Excerpt

“Okay, girls,” Coach Spencer yelled above the chatter around me. “We’re going to get warmed up for this year with a little run around the outer track.” She gestured toward a field off to the right of the building. I could see a dirt track wending its way along the edge, disappearing into a copse of stubby trees and scrub brush at the far end. “Four laps,” Spencer added. A general groan went up, and I was glad that the discussion at lunch had distracted me from eating too much. Late August in Texas is hot.
“Well?” the coach said. “Get going!” 
We started off at a trot toward the field, many of the girls around me still complaining. For a moment, I considered hanging back with the crowd, but Andrew had told me that Spencer coached the girls’ track team. I wanted to impress her. So I stretched my legs out as I hit the track and settled in to a long stride, my breathing still easy.
The afternoon sun beat down on my head. I watched the small grove grow closer, anxious for some shade. By the time I hit the bend in the track that led into the thicket, I was yards ahead of the rest of the runners—so when I rounded the curve and tripped over the body, I was all alone.

About the Author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction of any genre, and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them.

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