Also by this author: Sanguinary, Legally Undead, Bound By Blood
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
I’m not going to lie. This book caught me a little bit by surprise. I read Collins’s book “Waking Up Dead” and absolutely loved it. Why I was surprised is because I’m not a huge fan of fairies. I chose to review it because I loved Waking Up Dead, so I thought I would take a chance on this book and hope for the best. Fairy, TX was NOT your typical fairy book! The only thing this book had in common with the typical fairy book is the word “fairy”.
Laney’s mother decides to marry a guy she knew from high school and moved to Fairy, TX from Atlanta to live with him and his teenage daughter on his ranch. Kayla is the epitome of the phrase “evil step-sister”. They are both in high school and as if Laney weren’t already having enough problems adjusting in life in a small town, she goes out of her way to make things even more difficult than they already are. To top it off, on her very first day, she finds a DEAD body at SCHOOL! Who does that? Laney gets paired up with the school’s most popular jock to sell ad space to raise money for the school yearbook. Mason’s ego is as big as the football field on which he plays.
Something fishy is going on at Fairy High. The guidance councilor is a creeper, and Laney starts to see things she doesn’t believe are real. When she sees and overhears something she’s not supposed to, that’s when the story gets good. There is more than just your typical high school drama going on here and it seems as though much of the town is in on it! Who can Laney trust when everyone she meets seems like they are hiding something important from her?
Fairy, TX flows so smoothly and has so much going on that I just couldn’t put it down! I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, to whom, and who was in on it! I know there is more to this story, but I guess I will have to wait until the next book in the series.
Margo Bond Collins has a way with her words that cracks me up. Her characters are filled with personality and actually feel like real people instead of just people on a page. There is humor to lighten the mood when necessary and Laney is so sarcastic, she reminds me of myself. I love her personality.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes books about non-traditional paranormal. I say non-traditional because while there are “fairies” in this book, they kind of aren’t, if that makes any sense of all. They are but they aren’t lol.
I’m not sure what age group this book is intended for, but as an adult I enjoyed it. I probably won’t let my 8th grader read it just yet, but it’s probably ok for a high school student depending on their maturity level. That’s for you to decide as their parent, not me. There is a little bit of swearing, but nothing more than the average kid probably hears at school, and the topic of teen pregnancy is addressed to a slight degree.
All About Margo
Margo Bond Collins is the author of Legally Undead, first in an urban fantasy series coming in 2014 from World Weaver Press, Waking Up Dead, first in a paranormal mystery series from Solstice Publishing, and Fairy, Texas, a YA paranormal romance series (also from Solstice). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college English online. She loves paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.