Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins – 4.5 stars
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 flew through this book. It’s cute and silly and fun, a charming beach read with a sassy, hilarious narrator. The story is an unconventional romance with connections between the characters that form some sort of shape I can’t begin to describe. Or maybe just a lot of intersecting lines. Which is to say, it’s about teenagers in a small town.
The thing that surprised me the most about this book was how light and cheerful it is despite being about demons. They aren’t true demons, creatures of depravity and brimstone, but that’s one of the terms used to describe them, and it seems more or less apt.
Laney’s voice is incredible. I want a sequel! It did confuse me a little at the end, marring this epic tale of awesome with a lot of stuff crammed into a small space. The final confrontation just felt off somehow, like the lead-up didn’t really prepare me for all the stuff that would happen. Regardless, it wrapped up well. The resolution left a lot hanging, suggesting a sequel may come without making it clear if that’s true or not.
The ideal audience for this book is probably Young Adult. Anyone who enjoys a snarky narrator and isn’t put off by teenage shenanigans will probably enjoy it. Buckle up for a fast-paced paranormal romp.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.