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Tooth and Nail

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Gemma Fae Cross, a tough-girl amateur boxer whose fiance is running for congress, has just made a startling discovery about herself. She is half faerie - and not just any faerie, but a tooth faerie. A hybrid of fae and human, Gemma is destined to defend the Olde Way and protect the fae - who are incapable of committing violence - from threats to their peaceful and idyllic ...more
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Published February 7th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published February 1st 2012)
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Contrary to the article that graced this blog last week, I have been known to choose a book to read (or not read) based on genre. Usually I do it to avoid things I know I won't like, as opposed to trending toward things I know I will. For example, I hate paranormal romance and dislike most urban fantasies (because they masquerade as paranormal romance). Over the weekend, I made a choice to read an Urban Fantasy book specifically because I realized I should
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Though I first gave Tooth and Nail four out of five as a kneejerk "That was pretty damn fun to read!" reaction, a couple days distance and thought has me edging it down ever-so-slightly to a 3.75/5 stars based on whatever feels right discreet mathematics. Don't let that alarm or dismay you from giving this urban fantasy a try - personal pet peeves and a possible plot hole aren't enough to overwhelm the good in this modern-day take on the Tooth Fair
Tahlia Newland
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I never thought I’d be reading a story about a tooth fairy, but in ‘Tooth and Nail’, Jennifer Safrey takes the premise that such fairies are real, gives them a credible reason for teeth stealing, and weaves it into an awesome and surprising urban fantasy.

I like Safrey’s fae better than the nasty little sprites authors often portray them as and her vision of their world and the effect of the humans overtaking it – the classic dispossession of a conquered race – is unique and refreshing. The ‘Olde
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley. This is an enjoyable story offering a different take on the idea of tooth fairies. Gemma is a tough girl, an amateur boxer, and her fiancé, Avery, is a politician. She has given up her job to help Avery as he runs for the House of Representatives. I found the start of the book confusing as there are many different characters introduced and while you are trying to keep track of them there are also some strange things happening to Gemma, I'm not ...more
Dana Wright
This book was sent to me by the publisher by request and it is turning out to be a fast paced and very exciting read. I can't put it down. Excellent read if you love books about faeries and things that go bump in the night. Tooth fairies will never be looked at the same way again. I love it!
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was Awesome! My first Tooth Fairy book! I just wish that there were more!
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Gemma Fae Cross è una trentenne tosta, una boxer amatoriale il cui fidanzato è un candidato per il congresso. Ma ha appena fatto una scoperta sconcertatnte su se stessa. È per metà fata, e non una fata qualsiasi: una fatina dei denti.

Come ibrido di fae e umano, Gemma è destinata a proteggere l’Olde Way e a proteggere i fae, che sono incapaci di commettere violenza, dalle minacce che insidiano la loro vita pacifica e idilliaca, mantenuta distillando l’innocenza contenuta nei denti da latte dei ba
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairies
Gemma Fae Cross is an amatuer boxer who works out at Smiley's a gym that she has literally grown there. She is a tough girl, one of the guys. But she is feminine too, her one true love Avery McCormack is running for House of Representatives and she has taken a leave from work to support his campaign. A recurring nightmare about losing her teeth has always foretold major change in her life. After the most recent nightmare, she meets Fredrica who explains that she is half fae and half human but al ...more
Kah Cherub
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Gemma Fae Cross is a recently unemployed woman who boxes on her free time (her nickname is Brickhouse, because of her tall, strong, Amazonian build).

One day, during training, a beautiful woman called Frederica Diamond approaches her with a job proposal. Oh, and explains that her middle name isn't just a name. It's a family title. She is fae, or better yet, a "tooth fae". Yup. An honest-to-God tooth fairy.

Now she has to divide her
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Tooth and Nail was a cute and different look into the world of tooth faeries. It is the first book I have read from this author and for the most part it was a decent read.

Gemma is a tough as nails amateur boxer who finds out that she is half fae, not just any kind of fae, but a tooth faerie! Because she is half fae she is thought of as a warrior in the world of fae. She is suppose to protect the Olde Way of the fae by any means necessary. The fae are not suppose to commit acts of violence so th
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Tooth and Nail by Jennifer Safrey is the story of Gemma Cross, an amateur boxer, who learns a life-altering secret. She is not completely human she is actually part fae. This is not your normal fairy tale, because Gemma comes from the collecting branch. This means she is part of a specific group of fae that collects the innocence from the teeth of children. Yes, as in she is a tooth fairy. Tooth collecting is not easy, and requires a large team to make sure they get as many teeth as possible.

Lady Lioness
I got this book from someone on the book's team. Yes, books have teams now. It takes a village to raise a child and a team to get a book from manuscript to published.




I did have Tooth and Nail on my TBR list for a while because the concept sounded really interesting. The heroine, an amateur boxer in her free time, discovers she is half-fae, more specifically a tooth faerie, and is called to arms to defeat an evil facing her people. A Tooth Faerie Warrior, for pete's sake.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gemma's life wasn't always easy but now that she is happy with her boyfriend and everything seems to be falling into place life decides is a good time for Gemma to shake things up, she was a happy amateur boxer and settling on the idea of leaving her job temporarily to support her boyfriends political career, but life doesn't care and decided to reveal to Gemma the other side
of her heritage, that she really is...... a tooth fairy.... well they prefer the term fae.
If the new identity crisis wasn
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Egalley thanks to Night Shade Books
Interesting concept, but the execution is somewhat dry, and that's probably why I couldn't give this book a higher rating.

I mean, tooth fairy? How awesome is that? The evil plot of stealing children's innocence early so the teeth will get corrupted and the Fae won't gather vital for them Old Magic should have worked. The identity of the villain is pretty cool, Gemma's situation as someone who is in the spotlight as a girlfriend of a young politician adds spice
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, after all, the premise seemed interesting; I've never found another book about a tooth faerie. It just wasn't what I had in mind.

Gemma Fae Cross is a thirty year old unemployed boxer who eventually learns that she's a half fae - half human hybrid, and a potential hero to the rest of the fae. Her job is essentially to act as a warrior, seeing as how the peace loving fae are incapable of direct violence, and thus can't stand against their biggest threat.

A dentist
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like Tooth and Nail- the premise sounded original, and I love the concept of a female protagonist who is a boxer. Unfortunately, the story was filled with a distracting amount of inconsistencies in both the mythology and the characters.

I stuck with it until the bitter end, on the desperate hope that it'd all come together...but eventually it just spiraled into ridiculousness. The decent guy was vilified to excuse bad decisions with a guy initially described as unattractive and then
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is one of those weird cases where, for me, the execution is actually better than the concept. (I know! Usually it's the other way around.) You see, Gemma is a faerie. But not just any faerie. A tooth faerie. And once she discovers this, the rest of the fae (the good fae, naturally) persuade her to go steal children's baby teeth, which are, of course, magic.

I rolled my eyes. And then I read it anyway, and, surprisingly, it was a decent read. Gemma is a likeable enough character, and the plot
Feb 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, fae, uf, did-not-finish
This was one of my maybe books, ones where the premise intrigues me, but I am not sure if I will like it.

I really liked Gemma, I love that she boxes, that the gym is where she feels comfortable and that it is filled with misfits. I am not sure what I think about her relationship with Avery. At first glance I like him, he seems to accept her and isn't turned off by her boxing. Yet I am annoyed that he is the reason she gave up her job. I understand why she did, but it still doesn't make it right
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, owned-books
If you had suggested I read an urban fantasy about the tooth fairy, I probably would have laughed at you. That said, you should totally read this awesome book about the tooth fairy!

I loved how she created her world and the type of faerie she used. Gemma is a great character, and I loved watching her grow throughout the whole story. The ending felt a little underwhelming, and there were times I figured out what was going on before the characters did. However, it was a fun, light read. Perfect for
Joy Daniels
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and clever premise - a female boxer discovers that she's a Tooth Fairy. I don't want to give it away but the author comes up with a clever and believable reason for collecting kids' teeth. Don't be fooled, though - the storyline is much darker and more complex than the idea might suggest.

The end was a bit abrupt and I felt like the author was making a point about her personal philosophy, but it still left me looking forward to book #2.

Very enjoyable!
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-para
I loved this book. The fae have a job to collect the teeth, hence tooth fairy. Gemma doesn't know she is half fae. She is a boxer whose boyfriend is running for office. But Gemma is pulled into the fae world. Gemma finds out that not all is good in the tooth fairy world. I liked the premise for the book. I can't wait for the next one.
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought that the plot was interesting but the characters fell almost entirely flat. Gemma was not a protagonist I could really get behind and it took way too long for anything to even happen. It felt like the book dragged on forever and that did nothing to help my opinion. I'm shocked I even managed to finish it at all. It took me almost three weeks! I guess it just wasn't the book for me.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I like about this book is that it has a strong female heroine, but she's not bitchy. I've read too many urban fantasies where the lead is just petulant for no reason. I also like that she has a boyfriend before the story begins and keeps him throughout. Finding a man doesn't solve all your problems, people!

And I laughed out loud a couple times.
Aug 19, 2012 added it
Shelves: try-again-later
I really couldn't get into this book - and when it started heading down the tried and rather boring path of a love triangle I just couldn't handle it any longer.
I might try this again at a later date as it seemed to have potential
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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