Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale
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Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale

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Shayla Witherwood has never been like other girls. Being a half-faerie will do that to you. But with magical powers like invisibility, shape-shifting, and healing kisses, high school is bound to be anything but boring. Throw in an ancient prophecy that is sure to get someone killed and a few unpredictable enchantments, and you have one of the most anticipated fairy tales o...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Cedar Fort
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Erica (daydreamer)
This was a cute, sweet story. Shayla is half human, half faerie, who is trying to discover herself while living in a world of humans who couldn’t possibly understand her if they knew who she really is. But then she starts to make friends in her new school, and they understand her, and treat her no differently when they find she’s not entirely human. Shayla gains confidence in herself and her abilities. I liked seeing her journey and growth. She isn’t the strongest, independent heroine I’ve read,...more
Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Shayla Witherwood is a half-faerie (faerie mother and human father) and her life was simple, until she was moved to public school by her grandmother. So far she was home-schooled, and she didn't have to worry about her pointy ears or showing any faerie magic by mistake to her online tutor. Now, things changed when she started making new friends and she is more exposed. There are some things going on, that Shayla can't control around her..someone is watching her and writing her mysterious notes....more
Cindy
This was a really fun and cute faerie, fairytale read. It is a contemporary Fey tale. Shayla has been home schooled her whole life and has lived a somewhat sheltered life. Her circumstances change and she is thrust into public high school. Shayla is not your normal teenager she is half human and half faerie. Shayla doesn't know much about her Fay magic which makes for some humorous moments in the story. As she learns to navigate high school she makes some great friends and learns a little about...more
Eustacia Tan
This book was so sweet(: I needed something like this.

Although the title sounds overdone (too many fairy stories...), the book was fun to read. The story centres around (duh) Shayla Witherwood, who's half-faerie, half-human (wow, I'm being redundant today). But basically, Shayla is going to school for the first time in her life (she was previously homeschooled), and she has to learn to fit in.

What I liked about this novel was that Shayla knows about her identity as a faerie. There's no dramatic...more
Charlotte  Black
This is going to be a short review for this light read, sweet story, with all right characters and good writing. As you might have guessed, yes, this book was nice, average, but nothing that really blew me away.
Shayla lives with her grandma, and knows already that she's a half-faery. She joins a high school for the first time after years of homeschooling so this is really a 'coming of age' school story. She makes a friend, gets the eye of the high school hottie, makes a few blunders as she comes...more
Eunice
2.5 stars

The synopsis totally caught my attention, it sounds something really exciting and thrilling and who wouldn't when the guy's name is Jace? I was pretty much looking forward reading this but as the story goes by I wasn't really finding anything really interesting or exciting. It wasn't bad at all but for a paranormal book, I really find this bland and boring.

The story starts when Shaylah Witherwood - a half-farie, half-human - started her real life in a regular high school. She had alway...more
L_manning
Shayla has had an interesting life so far. She got the chance to travel the country with her grandparents while she did homeschool. After her grandfather passes away though, Shayla's grandmother decides it's time to settle down. Settling into a new public school would be hard enough, but Shayla also has to contend with the fact that she is, in fact, a faerie. Well, half a faerie. Not only does she have to learn to work her way through the social structure of school, but she also has to learn how...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale is cute and fun with a dark ending. Tamra Torero threw me for a dark surprise with the twisted ending in this sweet fairy tale. Torero also sets a storyline with the popular and unpopular clique groups that teens in high school are into, and how Shayla has the strength to resist this peer pressure. Tamra Torero writes about serious issues with teens, but she didn't hold back on the fun part of being a teenager. There are lots of laughs with all the character...more
Katrina Tinnon
This book was cute. It's something I feel would make a good Disney Channel movie. I would recommend this for ages 11/12 & up.

The story was kind of slow, and drug out. I still enjoyed this book, but felt like it took too long to reach the crisis/peak of action. I like that you don't have a clear definition of who the bad guy is until later on.

I liked the characters. Daniel and Jace were my favorites. Daniel is nice and has a dry sense of humor which I love. Jace is just incredibly sweet. Jo...more
Berenice
Growing up in a trailer going from one state was all that Shayla knew until that heartbreaking day her grandfather died and the trailer had to be parked. Now Shayla is going on a new adventure from following natures wonders and home schooling she has to jump into high school.
If leaving homeschooling for high school wasn't enough she must learn to hide who she is, a half faerie, but things may not be so simple with a new best friend obsessed with all things paranormal, mean girls that make her wa...more
Tarah Schaeffer
Shayla Witherwood wishes she was an ordinary teenage girl, but she isn’t, she is actually half fairy. Her mother died when she was young and her dad, though he cares, hasn’t really been in the picture for some time. She lives currently with her grandma who for many years has been home schooling her along with her fairy trainer of sorts named Trebor. Recently, though her grandma has decided it is time for her to go to public school. It’s important to her because she wants Shayla to start learning...more
Stina Zombean
I received an ARC of this book,and have unfortunately been too busy to review it until now.

Let me preface my review with this; this was a cute book. It was simple, sweet, and a nice palate cleanser from everything I've been reading lately.

I would classify this as a very typical YA book. The whole new kid with a secret to hide goes to a new school story line is nothing new, but it certainly isn't done poorly here. The plot is not heavy and convoluted and is predictable in some areas, although thi...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
"Noooooo" that my reaction when the book ended. No it wasn't because it has a cliffhanger, just because it ended. I liked it way too much!



Shayla Witherwood is one of the lighter books i've read lately. It goes fast and has enough mystery to keep you interested from the start. But it not so full of problems. It stays more to the high school life than to the fantasy part of the story. Imagine a book about high school with bits of magic. I totally loved that because it gave a different taste to the...more
Mrsinserra
Let’s just say this book was a bit of a letdown. Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale, started out strong, I was excited and really sucked into the plot. Shayla is a very likable character; she is spunky, funny, and friendly to everyone. The supporting characters are also likable, well except the mean ones. The story even has a nice happy, tidy ending, though there is an opening if the author wants to write another book.

What I didn’t like, was the ending. Things just started to happen, way too...more
Katy
I thought this book was just okay. It was, by no means, a bad book, but it didn't really stand out either.

The first half of the book was about Shayla trying to fit in from being home-schooled to going to a public school. To me, her journey was pretty much uneventful. I mean, you had your stereotypical popular crowd, and the mean girl, and the outcasts and the best friends. But Jace didn't really make me swoon. Bree wasn't mean enough for me to hate her. And Josi and Shayla clicked, but they didn...more
Cathy
Shayla Witherwood is just a normal high school girl...okay not really! She's a half-faerie, she's been home-schooled for her whole school career by grandparents that she traveled the country with in an RV named Brutus. But now her grandfather has died, so her grandmother decides that it's time to settle down in a small town and it's time for Shayla to go to school in the public high school. This doesn't sound like a wonderful plan to Shayla, and her first day finds her wanting to use her faerie...more
Lexie
What an adorable book! It was such a relaxing read - so simple yet so cute and fun!

Although Shayla is a half-faerie, she is still just a typical teenage girl, full of insecurities and a desire to fit in. She is terrified to start public school after being home-schooled by her grandparents her whole life. She worries about making friends, and getting good grades (oh and keeping those pointy ears covered!)

Even with her fey heritage, Shayla is relatable as a teenager. She experiences the growing p...more
Farrah
Shayla Witherwood was not what I expected it to be. To put it simply, it's basically a teen chick flick with a fairy twist. Exactly like that, complete with the same story line every chick flick has.

Shayla is quirky in a nice way. She's a fun character, though not particularly special or unique. She's a half fairy who has been living as a human for her entire life. What's nice is that she knows she's a fairy. In so many YA books, the lead doesn't know what she is and it's the love interest who r...more
Rea
Full review can be found here.

First of all, because I feel this is important, I’m going to point out that this story isn’t in any way bad. It’s very reminiscent of the stories I would read on FictionPress back in the day (the good ones, that is as anyone who’s been on FictionPress will know that it has a very wide range of quality). It’s enjoyable from start to finish. It’s a high school tale with a paranormal (half-)faerie twist. The only problem is that there is very little by way of danger.

It...more
Tessa Joy
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
SHAYLA WITHERWOOD: A Half-Faerie Tale
By Tamra Torero

Shayla Witherwood is about to start her first day at Jasper Jenkins High. After being home-schooled through the tenth grade her nerves get the better of her and she uses her Faerie magic to become invisible. After Grandpa's death, Grandma and Shayla stop traveling around the country and settle down. Grandma decides that going to school and being around other people is just what Shayla needs. But now Shayla has to figure out how to become visibl...more
Rose
"Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale" is a fairly typical story in that it involves a young woman who's half-human, half-faerie attending high school for the first time after being homeschooled for much of her life. She's had to maintain her abilities and keep her identity a secret, so fitting into her school environment proves no easy task. I think many people may not necessarily appreciate the slice of life progression it has (things don't start moving along definitively until the kiss that'...more
Jody
Mar 26, 2012 Jody rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fairies, ya
Shayla Witherwood starts her first day at public High School invisible literally. Shayla is half fairie who has previously home-schooled her entire life while traveling the country in an RV with her human grandparents. She knows almost nothing about using her fairy magic except what she has learned by accident like turning invisible. She begins school and immediately makes a few friends and a couple of enemies. Shayla is genuinely nice to everyone and decides to be friends with the social outcas...more
Mel
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Vanya D.
May 10, 2012 Vanya D. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 13 to perhaps 19, although I think older readers might enjoy it too :)
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley to review.

Well, what can I say? I didn't expect to give such a high rating to this novel, but it definitely earned it. The writing style was really nice, and except for a couple of places, there were no grammatical mistakes. Nothing that needed to be fixed.

It was a light and bright read with a really positive twist. It had been a while since I read a book that made me see pink in the world, so I really loved that. Most books leave me with an emotional o...more
Book Whales
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A half faerie in a whole human reality

I admit! I find this book a bit boring. It was a struggle for me to finish it. This book needs more spice! This book is a light and fast read. I like the cover since I get to see how Shayla really looks like.


The story is about a Half-fairy name Shayla Witherwood. For the first time, she went to a regular high school called Jasper Jenkins to get in touch with her human side. There she met a bunch of people; A geeky guy name Dan...more
Dorine White
Shayla Witherwood: A half faerie tale, is a YA fantasy written by Tamra Torero.
The Story: Shayla is part fey. Before the story begins she has spent her life traveling with her grandparents in an RV and using an online tutor for her schooling. But now, Shayla is going to high school, and she is very nervous. She spends most of the first day either going invisible or trying to hide herself. However, as the book continues Shayla learns the ropes, catches a boy, and learns about her heritage.

My Thou...more
Michelle Pickett
Mar 22, 2012 Michelle Pickett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tweens
Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale
by Tamra Torero
Expected publication: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Sweetwater Press

Jacket Blurb:

A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious.

Shayla Witherwood is not exactly norm...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
Shayla Witherwood was like Bewitched goes to high school, but she’s a half-fairy instead of a witch. I got the Bewtiched vibe because Shayla would use her fairy powers for very small, every day things like the witch Samantha would. It was a cute, fun, and sweet tale about a girl trying to fit in. As the story goes on, there are a few small twists and and it was fun to see her learn more about who she is. The voice and writing were enjoyable, but the foreshadowing was a little heavy-handed for my...more
Megan
This was a really cute book, it was definitely not my favorite book ever, but it was very sweet. I loved how the author was able to bring fairies into a different light, there are so many books about fairies out right now that it takes a lot of imagination to write a story about them that is essentially so very different.

I really loved the fact that Shayla aware of her half-fairy status, even if she didn’t quite have all the facts regarding it. I also really enjoyed Shayla’s integration into the...more
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