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The Compulsive Reader: Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog


Morgan Sparks has a perfect boyfriend, and a pretty-near perfect life. She and her boyfriend Cameron Browne share a birthday, and their upcoming sixteenth birthday party is the most talked of event in school. But just a week before the big day, a strange guy named Pip shows up, claiming to be the Brownes’ real son. He declares that Cam is really fairy royalty, and next in line for the crown—and that it's time for him to return to the fairy world and for Pip to take his place in the human one. But Morgan won't let go of Cam easily; she's bound and determined to make sure that he stays with her for the rest of their lives...but what if that isn't his destiny?

Fairy Tale is unexpected in many aspects—from Morgan's ability to see into the future to Cyn Balog's surprise ending. Morgan herself is a strong narrator who packs in plenty of wit and sass. Her confidence is refreshing, and her reaction to the many magical events occurring around her is humorous and entertaining. Her psychic abilities aren’t dwelled upon for very long, which seems a little curious, but isn’t distracting from the novel as a whole.

The idea that the male lead—not the female one—is a fairy is a different one, and the new approach is definitely welcome. Fairy Tale deals a lot with the emotions and fears that accompany change as both Cam and Morgan face the possibility of losing each other forever and grapple with fears of the unknown, which is an issue that many teens will be able to draw connections with in their own lives. At the center of the story is a sweet romance that is touching without being cliché, and realistically complicated and gut-wrenching. Balog's debut is a dazzling one, full of fun dialogue, true-to-life emotions, and a suspenseful climax that will have readers coming back to this lovely novel again and again.

Cover Comments: This cover is exquisite--I love the beauty of the wings in the background, and the many colors in them. The drops of water make the image look three dimensional and more realistic, and the simple black background makes the color in the wings pop. I like the title treatment and fint as well, it compliments the image nicely. This is a very, very attractive cover!

Fairy Tale will be available from Delacorte Press on June 23rd, 2009!

6 comments:

Emily said...

The concept of this is a bit confusing to me, but a male fairy sounds way interesting!

umblaettern said...

I really love your blog. You write reviews of all the books I would like to read. When you live in Germany it's very hard to find new books and so I search at amazon.com. It's a shame I don't own a credit card. But I really prefer english books because most of the time translations are *** and ruin the whole book...

Janssen said...

Oh, this looks so gooooood! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this.

Kate said...

This sounds like a really good book. I want to read this sometime!

Kami Garcia said...

I am trying to get a copy of this one! Great review. Now I really want to read it.

a flight of minds said...

This sounds like a great book. And I love the fact that the girl's not the fairy, but her boyfriend. So the main character isn't actually the mystical creature, which is quite unusual. Great reviwe!

- Alex