Published by Delacorte Books on June 23rd 2009
Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Short and Sweet: Fairy Tale had a LOT of potiential. Interesting plot.. fairies!.. and a fun concept. The problem? The characters. They are great in the beginning of the book, but once we are introduced to the other two supporting characters, everything changes. Cam goes from being mildly interesting to annoying. I didn't get Pip. And the fairy chick, made me want to pull her hair out. Good novel about fairies, but not what I was hoping for.
Final Verdict: Despite some character issues, Fairy Tale was a pleasant read. The novel as a whole was pretty fast paced. It has fairies.. need I say more? And the possibility for a sweet romance was there. While I personally wish that Balog had given readers a deeper glimpse into some of the other character's thoughts to make the novel feel more complete, it works as it is. All in all, Fairy Tale is a wonderful coming of age tale that tackles some serious teen issues.