Publisher: Speak on June 6, 2011
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While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairyÑand it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?
“‘I see, so you’re telling me that i I asked you to do anything, you would say yes?’ he asked with interest, and Emma felt a reluctant smile sneak up to her mouth. ‘Don’t push your luck.'”
Favorite Character: Emma. Her determination at becoming a dragon slayer is very admirable, and she was an overall great heroine.
“‘Demon, definitely,’ Emma Jones whispered as another sophomore made his way from Principal Kessler’s office to where everyone was waiting on the grassy quad.”
My Musings: Amanda Ashby is an author I wish I had heard about sooner. This novel was a fun, interesting read, with quirky romance and a stubborn heroine. The plot kept me wanting more, and I was happy with the way the book turned out.
Emma has been training to be a dragon slayer all her life—she anxiously wants to follow in her mother’s foot steps. However, Emma is shocked to find that she has been assigned as a fairy slayer, and she is adamant that some sort of mistake has been made, and that Curtis Green has wrongly taken her dragon slaying spot. However, Emma ends up being the only one that can see an evil, gigantic fairy, that is intent on killing the unknown Pure One and unleashing all sorts of evil beings into Earth. As Emma discovers that her mother, world-reknowned dragon slayer, somehow defeated this creature, she begins a journey to detain it again…with the help of a certain new, swoonworthy dragon slayer.
Although it was not the best book I’ve read, it was interesting and action filled. There weren’t many, if any, dull moments where I just wanted to skip ahead to something more interesting. However, one thing that irked me over the course of the book was that some sentences were italicized. Although in some dialogue, it help emphasize things, most of the time it did not, and it was very bothersome. The writing was not extremely intricate or complex, and honestly the book is more geared towards the younger side of Young Adult Fiction. However, the characters and relationships were pretty well developed, and for that I was thankful. I was easy to implant yourself in these characters’ worlds and experience what they were experiencing through their eyes.
Overall, it was a great read, and I would recommend it for ages 15 and younger.