Shayla Witherwood: A Half- Faerie Tale

Shayla Witherwood: A Half- Faerie Tale
By Tamra Torero
Published by Cedar Fort
Published on May 8, 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious.

Shayla Witherwood is not exactly normal. First of all, she’s spent her entire life being homeschooled, traveling in an RV around the country with her grandparents. And second, there’s the kind of inescapable fact that her mom was a genuine faerie.

But now that she’s starting a real life in a regular high school, Shayla desperately needs to stay out of trouble in both worlds because even her faerie powers might not be enough to protect her from what’s coming.

In her latest novel, Tamra Torero spins a magical tale filled with laugh-out-loud sarcasm, surprising twists, and spell-binding romance. Perfect for fairytale fans of all ages, this is one story you won’t want to miss.

The Cover: I keep going back and forth with this cover.  The model on this cover looks 30. Although she has very striking eyes- her hair is very.... unkempt.  I know that seems picky, but someone who has "natural beauty" and is half-fae- I don't expect her to look like a hot mess.  I think they could have easily solved the entire problem I have with the cover by fixing the model's hair a different way and by giving the poor girl pointy ears.  I mean half the story revolves around her ears- but they are completely hidden.

The Characters:  Shayla is likeable, yet predictable.  We don't really get to see much of her character- she doesn't really show much personality.  She seems very much like a hippie- nothing seems to bother her.  I liked Jace's character.  I would have liked to have gotten to know him better.  The side characters are the ones that shine in this book- even more than the main characters.

The Story: Anticipation.  I think that completely sums up this story.  It wasn't a terrible story- actually it was really enjoyable, but it never got "there' for me.  The main problem of this story is that nothing really happens.  There is a small high action sequence near the end of the book, but calling it high action is pushing it.  The pacing of this book felt off.  I liked the idea and I liked the characters, but the build-up took way too long.  The reveal of the "mystery" and the climax of the book only took a chapter or two.  I am interested in reading more about Shayla, but this won't be a book I eagerly anticipate.

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