Title: Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale
Author: Tamra Torero
Release Date: May 2012
Publisher: Cedar Fort (Twitter | Facebook)
Received from publisher for review.
What an adorable book! It was such a relaxing read - so simple yet so cute and fun!
Although Shayla is a half-faerie, she is still just a typical teenage girl, full of insecurities and a desire to fit in. She is terrified to start public school after being home-schooled by her grandparents her whole life. She worries about making friends, and getting good grades (oh and keeping those pointy ears covered!)
Even with her fey heritage, Shayla is relatable as a teenager. She experiences the growing pains of adolescence just as we all do (or did!) I loved that she was able to laugh at herself and didn't take life too seriously. I also liked the "coming-of-age" elements as she discovered that she didn't need to be popular to be happy and that it was okay to just be herself.
I also enjoyed the minor characters in this story. Daniel and Josi and even Bingham, Stephi, and Bree all had unique personalities and made up a colorful cast of characters. I even really liked Jace, the love interest. He was sweet and normal and not overly perfect as so many young adult books depict the boyfriend as. I liked that the romantic relationship was innocent and a little awkward just as first love usually is.
Overall, I loved the easy pace, funny, light-hearted dialogue, innocent romance, and unexpected ending.
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