Publication date: 9th June
My rating: 4 out of 5
While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?
Emma is desperate to follow in her late mother's footsteps as a successful dragon slayer but instead finds herself assigned by Principal Kessler as the world's first fairy slayer- oh the humiliation. Especially as the very yummy Curtis has been given Emma's beloved dragon slaying spot thus making him Emma's declared archenemy.
I laughed out loud at Emma's attempts at slaying fairies, these are very up to date fairies who hang out in malls, read OK magazine for celebrity gossip and drink frapaccinos. The fairies consider Emma to be the worst slayer girl ever and spend most of their time laughing at her. With no manual to help her Emma has to learn to lure the fairies into the non fiction section of the bookshop with skittles (not the red ones- they make fairies go wild) and instead of using super cool slaying weapons like her friends use hairspray (it makes their wings stick and therefore makes them less attractive to opposite sex fairies) and nail files to capture them.
After six weeks of humiliation at the hands of the fairies Emma is left behind with Curtis when the rest of the school is called into real slayer action. Emma and Cutis must however save the school (and the world) from a strange invisible winged creature stalking the school that only Emma can see. With the help of Curtis, Emma has to delve into her mother's past and both must face some difficult family memories to help them discover what the winged creature is and who it wants.
Fairy Bad Day was a perfect light, fun read which I raced through and chuckled along with. The snarky fairies made me laugh out loud as they mooned Curtis and escaped from the powerful and skillfull dragon slayers whilst discussing high fashion and celebrity gossip. I thought it was the perfect start to my summer reads and enjoyed every minute of it.