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Fairy, Texas (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Margo Bond Collins

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Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other. Laney Harris didn't want to live there. 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. She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 220 pages
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  • Editeur : Solstice Shadows (1 février 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fairy, Texas, what a thrill! 1 avril 2014
Par for Fabulosity Reads - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Last Saturday I read Fairy, Texas, what a thrill.
When we meet Laney she's going through a difficult time of not only having to adjust to a new step family, but doing so in a new city, Fairy, Texas . A far cry from her life in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Atlanta.

Together with this, the immediate hatred she feels from her stepsister and the stress of starting at a new school has her thinking things could not get any worse. If only she knew.

I started reading the book around 10Am, and I remember making a late afternoon snack for my much neglected kids and peeling tomatoes for source while trying to turn the pages of my iPad at the same time. That's how badly I needed to find out what happens next.

What I loved best about Fairy, Texas is its engaging and original premise. It felt authentic because although I have read all sorts of paranormal stories featuring everything from vampires to angels and demons and weres and fairies, Margo Bond Collins weaves a tale that gives the super naturals themselves interesting character traits and abilities even as she blends the types together.

The pace was great because despite the fact that it was a whole 218 pages, there is no drag. There are fresh angles and twist every couple of pages that keep the story moving forward at a moderate to a fast pace, action was thrown in, keeping things lively, teen angst and lots of lovely chemistry.
There was just enough of everything in here to keep you from putting the book down, and I was quite disappointed when it came to its inevitable end early evening.

To understand how great this story is,I should perhaps share with you that just the other day, I was lamenting on my Facebook timeline about the fact that I just cannot get through eBooks at the pace I do print. I can get through two paper backs in a week, and one eBook (if i'm lucky), in a month.
I am that bad, unless something really good comes along.

As I contemplated what I would say I when writing my review, which I kind of felt sensitive about because this is my client, I decided to give it as I saw it and mention the areas that did bother me. After all, to quote Jackie Weger, "it's all about the book."
I would have liked some clarity on the following areas:
I loved Josh with all my heart, but I was unclear on why he and his group, being demon, were averse to the annihilation of humanity. Why want to save humanity instead of do what comes naturally to demons? I think this could be a challenge with using a supernatural that is the basis of a belief system rather than fiction. As the reader I needed more to buy into it.
I felt that Kayla, the hateful step sister, was far too blasé' about finding out about the existence of super naturals for someone who was as clueless as the rest of the norms. At the end she gives some cryptic remarks "things were better before you got here" (not verbatim) which got me thinking there was more coming within the context in which it was said and all will be revealed soon....
And why do Josh's wings get clipped and what happens to him now that he's wingless and alive. The only other fairies whose wings were clipped met with a permanent death so there is no precedence for a living fairy/demon with clipped wings.
What does it mean for the rest of the demon nation now that there is a "nala" in their midst?
So I guess the question is, is there a sequel to the story?

I would say this is a mature YA book because until it got to the simulated sex in the car scene, I thought I would give it to my fifteen year old son but at that point I thought, no, maybe not just yet.

I loved reading this book and if indeed there is a sequel to it as these, 4 points above lead me to believe, I will be one of the first to grab it because i simply have to know what happens to Josh.

Book source: provided for free by the author in exchange of an honest review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sassy Laney takes on Fairy, Texas 4 avril 2014
Par Kathleen C. Sprayberry - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
High school is hard enough, but for Laney, her high school days have changed drastically. She's from metropolitan Atlanta, a modern city filled with everything she loves, friends, activities, her mom. Then her mom marries her old boyfriend from years back. Goodbye modern city. Hello, a small Texas town in the middle of nowhere that goes by the name of Fairy. And that's not the only weirdness about this town. Will Laney figure out how to stop the craziness before it destroys her?
Margo Bond Collins entertained us with her sassy ghost from Waking Up Dead. She's back with another tongue-in-cheek paranormal mystery, and this female doesn't let anyone get her down for long. Right from the very first page, the reader feels a lot of empathy for Laney. Who wants to get stuck in a town so small, everyone know everyone else's business – 10 seconds after it happens? As if that's not bad enough, two hotties have their eye on Laney, and her nasty tempered stepsister likes one of those guys!
Collins constructs a story where the normal world and paranormal beings intersect in a struggle for survival. Laney is caught in the middle, the prize for both sides of this battle. Every word weighs in with strength. Each chapter brings new revelations, and Laney's sassiness grows despite the trouble she's finding. The conclusion leaves you sated and wondering if there's a chance, just a tiny chance, that Ms. Collins will bring us a sequel to this tantalizing novel.
I highly recommend this novel for all lovers of paranormal mysteries.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Texan fairies are no cute pixies 12 mars 2014
Par Kristen S. Walker - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

This book looked great from the start because it hit so many of my favorite things: fairies (the classic mysterious and powerful kind, not the cute little Victorian pixies), contemporary/urban fantasy that isn’t a Buffy clone, small towns, and high school stories. Now, many stories with these combinations are not so hot (although I read them anyway). But Fairy, Texas did a fairly original twist and I was definitely entertained by the ride.

So Laney moves to a little town called Fairy in the middle of rural Texas and finds out that, surprise! There are fairies (or demons, or possibly something else—their name for themselves is just The People, because they have The Power, and I did wish that the story had been a little more specific) and they are all very interested in poor Laney for some reason. Now, I thought at first that Laney was just the new kid in town who happens to stumble onto the mystery that no one wants to talk about (the dead boy she finds on her first day of school), but turns out that the fairies actually think that she might be the prophesied Special One.

What I didn’t expect was how funny Laney would be. She’s a little sarcastic and witty but she doesn’t take it too far into snark. She was also smart, and took in new information pretty quickly instead of being confused for long, which kept the plot moving forward at a fast pace. Since Laney sets the tone for the story with her first person narration, it’s important for her voice to be readable. I definitely connected with her from the first page on.

There were a lot of twists and turns as the story progressed, with Laney trying to figure out what was going on and figuring out how to handle it, and it kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. There were a few surprises that I actually didn’t see coming.

The love triangle in the story didn’t do so much for me. It was an original take on a love triangle, because the two boys weren’t just competing for the sake of getting the shiny thing and they were still friends despite the competition, but in the end it was pretty obvious that only one of the boys was a real choice. And this is my major problem with love triangles: if only one of the love interests would work from a narrative perspective, then I know right away, and ‘finding out’ over the course of the story is just dull. Also, I just didn’t feel a connection between Laney and the boys beyond the physical attraction and it was hard to tell how much of that was due to magic.

But the relationships between Laney and her family members, her beloved mother and her new stepdad and stepsister, were definitely realistic. It showed some of the difficulties of adjusting to a new blended family. Laney’s mom and her new husband had to work on combining their different parenting styles, because both wanted to set different rules. (Grounded for a whole week because Laney skipped one class to talk to a different teacher? I’ve never met a parent that strict!). Also, the rivalry between Laney and her stepsister Kayla was perfect (and entertaining).

Sadly, the relationships that get left behind are Laney’s new human friends. It was nice of her to try protecting them from what was really going on, but avoiding them and not telling them anything was a bad move. Sadly, I don’t think Laney’s going to get a second chance to fix that in the future. And I’ve got a feeling that she’s going to need more support than just one fairy boyfriend with what she has to deal with next.

My Favorite Meal
Food didn’t play a big role in the story and usually only got a passing mention. The characters went to hang out at Sonic a lot, which kind of made me want one of their drinks (but not the weird vanilla-flavored onion rings). But none of the food was memorable.

Funniest Moment
Most of the funny moments come from Laney’s remarks about the things going on, adding dry humor (even when her life is in danger). But I laughed out loud at the scene where the two boys stage a fight over Laney.

My Recommendation
Overall, I enjoyed the story and I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series. I recommend it to anyone else who likes Teen Urban Fantasy without the gritty city noir, and who doesn’t mind if the romance takes a back seat to the plot.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't wait for the next installment 8 avril 2014
Par D.E. Haggerty - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
When I first got the chance to review Fairy, Texas, I declined. Oh no, I thought, another fantasy fiction novel. But the more fantasy fiction I read, the more I discover that there are some really great stories out there. So when the second chance to review Fairy, Texas came around, I thought Why not? I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Fairy, Texas is the story of Laney Harris moving from Atlanta to Texas because her mom remarried her high school sweetheart. Laney is hating Texas. Her new stepsister is trying to make her life hell and the school counselor may or may not have wings that only she could see. And then she meets Josh and Mason, two hot classmates that seem to be fighting for her attention for all the wrong reasons. And don’t forget about the dead guy she tripped over on her first day in gym class. Fairy is anything but boring

I am nowhere near the age group for which this book is targeted, but that didn’t matter at all. I loved Laney. I could totally sympathize with her situation. I loved how brave she was – willing to sacrifice her high school reputation for the greater good, which we all know isn’t an easy thing to do. Her character develops as the story moves on in a believable manner. The story itself was well written and very engaging. It’s not often I read a story that surprises me with its ending but this one did.

There are some very adult themes in the book, which are essential to the story. Considering Laney’s age, these themes seem a bit mature for the intended audience. This aspect makes the story slightly less believable. The story would be more realistic if Laney was a senior and thus nearly an adult of 18.

When the story ended, I still had a vast number of unanswered questions. I checked out the author’s website to see if she’s planning on writing another book about Fairy and was happy (okay, I admit it, excited) to see that there is another book planned. I’m not a huge fan of series but that doesn’t deter from the author’s writing and storytelling capabilities. I would, however, suggest that the book be properly marketed so that readers are aware that the book is part of a series.

I recommend this book for mature teenage girls looking for a story to which they can relate.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!! 6 juillet 2014
Par Carol - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Fairy, Texas is book one in the Fairy, Texas series by Margo Bond Collins. This is my third book by Margo. Did I love them all…YES!!! Could I choose a favorite…NO!!! This book in particular, in my opinion, is a bit more on the dark side, but with some sweet moments as well. And a word of warning, when you sit down to start it, make sure you are comfortable, because you won’t be getting back up until you read the whole book. You won’t be able to put it down. And have something nearby to grip during the suspenseful moments. Because you will need it!

Laney Harris loved living in Atlanta with her Mom. She loved her friends, her school, and her life there. But her Mom has married her old flame, John, and they are moving to Fairy, Texas to live on John’s ranch. Who names their town Fairy? And she will be attending Fairy High School, so will it be “Home of the Fightin’ Fairies?” She has also acquired a new stepsister, Kayla, who hates her guts. Life just keeps getting better. Laney is dreading her first day of school but she could never have imagined how it would end up. First, the guidance counselor, Mr. Bartlef, has the worst breath she has ever encountered. It’s enough to make you gag. And when she first saw him in the hallway, she almost screamed. She could have sworn she saw wings on his back! And that’s not even the worst thing that happened. During PE class, when she was running on the track, Laney actually tripped, over a dead body!!!

Laney meets Mason in journalism class, Mason with the great smile and Mason has been assigned to be Laney's partner in selling ads for the school yearbook. Mason’s interest in Laney seems to infuriate her stepsister, Kayla even more. And then there is Josh. Josh with the eyes that seem to shimmer and change colors. The last thing Laney needs right now is the interest of any guy, but these two seem pretty persistent.

As Laney gets to know Josh and Mason, she begins to realize that things in Fairy are not what they would seem to be. There are sinister forces at work. And there is a lot of interest in Laney. What do they want with her? Who can she trust?

“We’re in this together, both of us. Half of the same whole.”

This book starts out with page one and won’t let you go until the final page. I was so intent on finding out what happened next that I didn’t even remember to highlight, and I am a big highlighter. Margo Bond Collins seems to love writing about strong female characters and Laney is exactly that. She is a girl thrown into a new environment that quickly goes from bad to worse and she comes out fighting. What she is forced to endure in this book is crazy, both physically and emotionally. And through it all, she holds her head high and powers through. There are still so many questions left to be answered and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. So do you enjoy books that are fast paced, crazy suspenseful with wonderful strong characters? Then what are you waiting for??? Go ahead and get started, you won’t be disappointed.
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