Fairy Tale, A

Shanna Swendson
Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie Drake danced with the fairies in the woods behind her grandparents' Louisiana home. But she closed the door to the fairy world and turned her back on the Fae when they tried to steal her little sister Emily. Fourteen years later, Sophie heads to New York City on a desperate mission. Emily, now an up-and-coming Broadway actress, has gone missing. Only Sophie suspects the Fae. Now Sophie has her work cut out for her. Emily's abduction is part of a larger plot involving the missing Queen of the fairy realm. An upstart fairy is making a bid to assume control of the entire Realm, unite the fairies, and become master over the human world. To free her sister, Sophie must derail this power scheme and find the true Queen of the Realm. That's a lot for a small-town ballet teacher to tackle, but with the unlikely aid of her sometimes flighty sister, a pair of elderly shopkeepers with a secret, a supremely lazy (but surprisingly knowledgeable) bulldog, and a wounded police detective searching for his own missing person, she just might prevail--if she can force herself to confront her own past and face her true nature.


Reviewed: 2018-02-03

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

I wasn't completely sure what to expect going into this.  The covers looked very young, big  and little sisters -- and author's other series, Enchanted Inc. was definitely light, chick lit style adult books.  This was not a children's or YA book; I'd say "magical realism" or "fantasy" genre.


I loved this although it was a slow start for me just because the sisters were a little too good to be true until story fleshed them out more.  Here were no Disney or Grimm type of fairies, rather the fae and their realm in somewhat traditional lore.  Where uninformed humans should beware.  Where good deeds along the quest payoff, characters actually have feelings, the villains are cruel, the "magics" gave a system, neither good nor bad characters live in a vacuum, immortals don't act like teenagers ...


Pretty much fired on all cylinders with elements I loved.  Not quite a five-star read because lacked a certain intensity where I saw where story was headed and Sophie really had it too easy saving the day.

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Next up in series:  To Catch a Queen - Shanna Swendson  



Ratings scale used:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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