Below, I’m including some of my favorite comments from reviewers. I’ve included links back to the full reviews when available, and information on the reviews, otherwise.
It is a well-written, fast-paced adventure that goes through the genre conventions with gusto, sucking the reader into the story from the start. I believe any fan of the genre will agree with me this is a 5* book – it had attitude, was fun, and I highly recommend it to all lovers of paranormal mysteries. ~ Nicholas C. Rossis, Author
I loved the voice in this story. Laney’s voice is creative and funny, and I enjoyed being inside her head. I also loved Collins’s conception of fairies. The football playing fairies in rural Texas were definitely outside the normal tropes for stories about fae, and I loved that quirkiness. ~ Sharon Bayliss
I found this book to be very entertaining. It was fast paced and the characters were strong. I would compare it to such excellent reads as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. ~Haven Malone at Musings of a Writer
I loved this book from beginning to end. ~ Angela Fiducia on Goodreads
. . . you are in for a ride and hanging on as you follow the adventure, I hope that this isn’t the last we see of Fairy! ~ Chris, Love to Read on FB
Fairy, Texas is a YA adventure with magickal elements. As a high school teacher, I will admit to reading endless YA books and assigning them too. It is hard to find YA books that do not pander to the teens by embracing popular stereotypes and demonizing the parents. Fairy Texas doesn’t do this. . . . Margo Bond Collins writes a tight, well-paced mysterious tale that keeps you guessing until the end. I like the fact that Laney was an ordinary girl with a quick wit and a faster tongue. Two thumbs up. ~ Rayna Noire, Author of the Pagan Eyes Series
I am nowhere near the age group for which this book is targeted, but that didn’t matter at all. I loved Laney. I could totally sympathize with her situation. I loved how brave she was – willing to sacrifice her high school reputation for the greater good, which we all know isn’t an easy thing to do. Her character develops as the story moves on in a believable manner. The story itself was well written and very engaging. It’s not often I read a story that surprises me with its ending but this one did. ~ D. E. Haggerty, Author
The story takes you on a magical ride! Many of us have had the experience of moving to some new place, and Laney finds more than she bargained for . . . ~ Catherine Lyon, Author
The writing style just flows and the plot keeps the page turning. There are some wonderful characters in the form of Laney, who is feisty, funny and experiencing many of the problems that teenagers face the world over, especially when faced with relocating to a new town and a step -father and step -sister to contend with. ~ Author Julie Ryan, on All Things Bookie
I wasn’t expecting this. A story about a small town, sure. A story about a young girl’s new life there, absolutely. But fairies that seemed more like demons and an evilness that seemed to have a life of its own? Um, not really.
Though told in first person, Laney’s POV is remarkably refreshing. Sarcastic and witty without going overboard. Smart and insightful without being obnoxious. She’s more observant than I think her peers think she is, at first, and she’s quick to realize there’s more to Fairy, Texas, than she ever could have imagined.
The cast of characters was incredible. Each brought a little something different to the table–personality, POV, insight, dialogue–that helped move the story along and keep it interesting. I have to say my favorite was Bartlef. If ever I’ve read a story where the author managed to put a face to darkness and evil, he was it. Laney caught that early on, saw more than the weirdness others saw, and that really helped my interest in him grow.
Ms. Collins has penned a wonderful paranormal YA that starts out normal enough but ends up taking the reader on one hell of a fantastic ride. I wasn’t big on reading YA before this but you can bet I’ll be reading more of Ms. Collins’ YA novels in the future. ~M. Smith, via Amazon
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