Friday, March 30, 2012

ARC Review: "Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale" by Tamara Torero

Title: Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Farie Tale
By: Tamara Torero
Publication: May 8, 2012 by Cedar Fort Books
Format: E-Book
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars

From Goodreads: 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: First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to Cedar Fort Books for giving me an advanced reader copy of this lovely novel via Net Galley

Shayla is your average down to earth girl, whose grandparents have kept her on the road trip of life in their RV, "Brutus".  But after the sudden death of her grandfather, Shayla and her grandmother have decided to settle down, and for the first time in her life, Shayla will be going to public school. Starting a new school would be terrifying for any teenager, but Shayla has a secret: she's half-fairy. Something she could easily hide on the road, but now with the scrutiny of her classmates she has to learn to be extra careful- especially when it comes to her pointy fae ears. Settling down proves to be more of an adventure than any Shayla has been on before: starting with her huge crush on the hot quarterback, Jace to making friends with Daniel & Josi, and on to the anonymous stalker who has been sending Shayla creepy messages saying that they know her secret.

Shayla is an extremely adorable and likable character who  struggles with the concept of cliques in high-school, along with all her fairy problems. The pacing was great and there was never a dull moment. Underneath all the fae issues, Shayla struggles just like everyone else to stay true to who she really is in the jungle of high-school. The chemistry between all the characters was so very believable, I find myself missing them now that they're gone! The plot was amazingly done and kept me guessing who exactly was after Shayla until the very end!

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!

My Rating:

"Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale" will be available on May 08, 2012! 
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