April 2013, Twisted Spice Publishing, 190 pages, Ebook & Paperback, Review copy
Themes: having a parent in prison, being abandonned, sisterhood, friendship, secrets, lies, magical mishaps, being blamed for everything, crazy school changes, clever payback plans, horrible teachers, unpleasant family members, bullying, being forced to do things against your will, life being very grey instead of black and white,
Content: humourous, some tissues needed (for yourself as well as a sneezing fairy)
Summary from Amazon (I don't benefit by mentioning them)
Bex Carter is a fairy addict. Aunt Jeanie thinks that a sixth grader believing in fairies is ridiculous. That doesn't stop Bex from wishing for fairies on her twelfth birthday. Fortunately, Bex's wish is granted. Unfortunately, these fairies are not what Bex had in mind. Much like Bex, they have a knack for causing trouble. Poor Bex has enough problems as it is. She and her best friends definitely don't need fairies causing more mayhem. Will Bex's social life be completely ruined or will she and her friends survive these fractured fairies?
Bex's life isn't the easiest, and the fairies both improve it and temporarily worsen it. I love how firm Bex is in her fairy belief. When I was at secondary school I was a real girly girl, loving all things Disney and cute dresses. Bex isn' t a dress person, but she has a confidence my younger self didn't have. I admire her for sticking by her beliefs, where I ditched mine for a few years just to fit in, until I realised being me is absolutely fine.
I liked how the consequences of the fairies' actions have such a negative impact on Bex - it makes it a
realisitc story. She has a lot of conflict to face both at home and at school. I'm not giving specifics but my heart cried when issues popped up for Bex's grandmother. I adore Aunt Alice - her attitude is rather like mine. Aunt Jeanie is a real meanie, as is Bex's enemy, Ava. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable read, apart from the very end whicb felt like a little bit more could have been explained.
For an ace fairies in real life series you must read R J Anderson's books which start with Knife.(Children's, 11 years +, 10/10E)