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Fairy Bad Day

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,659 ratings  ·  389 reviews
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 fairyÑand it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chanc ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Speak
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Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: extended-reviews
For a book devoid of any projectile-delivering weapons, there sure is a lot of "shooting" going on in Fairy Bad Day. You can find it nearly anywhere there's extended interaction between characters, but let's just look at two sections of the book for a few examples:

169: Emma shot her friend a grateful smile
170: Loni shot her an apologetic look
172: Emma shot her friend a doubtful look
178: Emma shot her a sympathetic glance
181: She shot Curtis a grateful look
182: he shot her a rueful smile
206: Emma
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, 2011
Oh goodness, this just was pure fun. Yup, not too much other than that but you know what, at the time it's what I needed and if you can put a smile on my face you're golden.

There is nothing in the world that Emma wants more than to be a dragon slayer. Basically, failure is not an option. She has worked her butt off at the Burtonwood Academy and her mother was a dragon slayer, so it seems she's destined to fill this role. Unfortunately for Emma the Academy choses somebody else; they chose the too
Amanda Ashby did an awesome job with this standalone book, because she introduces you in a new world of slayers of supernatural creatures very smoothly, just flowing with the story telling.

It felt fantastic to finish for once a book knowing everything that was loose at the beginning is tide up by the end. There're still a couple of not too tight tied endings that could open again, but for now Emma's story is closed. I'd love to read more adventures starring such wonderful, charismatic and funny
Amelia, free market Puritan
Okay, right away when I read this book back in April, I knew it was going to be something special. Seriously. The storyworld here is very dynamic, very detailed, and beautifully simple. It's like Hogwarts lite combined with a non-mythology version of Camp Half Blood. In this world, kids like Emma attend a boarding school (and just the fact that it's a boarding school that doesn't reek of the "Gossip Girl"/House of Night/every-juvenile-delinquent-activity-you-can-think-of- that-allegedly-happens- ...more
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The dragon slayer designation obviously belongs to Emma Jones, what with her top combat exam scores and famous dragon-slaying mother’s legacy. No one can dispute that fact until Curtis Green, the relative newbie at Burtonwood Academy, snatches the coveted title right out from under her nose. Assigned as a fairy slayer instead and humiliated with the job of chasing these little winged critters around shopping malls, Emma is quick to jump to

Okay, real quick. Who here thinks that she should be holding Skittles on the cover; not a sword?

Cute and fun and fluffy.

Emma is positive that she is a dragon slayer, like her mom. There's no way she can be anything but a dragon slayer. Until she's pegged as a fairy slayer, that is.

I must interject here: If she is the first fairy slayer EVER, how does that work? Why was there even a test for it?

So she's a fairy slayer and fairies are a nuisance but it's not like they ever do anything really bad.
Samantha- The Paperback Collector
An insanely entertaining novel, Fairy Bad Day was a quick, fun read, but it also contained levels of depth that you wouldn't expect from the first glance at its perky cover. Emma is a kick-ass heroine, who is sometimes hell-a annoying (Yes, I'm a Californian.), but she is always lovable. Curtis is a smoking hot dragon slayer who is a fantastic sword fighter, even when his whole leg happens to be encased in a plaster cast. Both Loni and Tyler are extremely detailed secondary characters who play a ...more
3.5 stars

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!

What I didn't like?

- Plot holes Even if there aren't many of them, it still manages to irk me. I would say the worst one is actually a p
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First, just to point this out: THE COVER IS WONDERFUL but isn't that a butterfly?

the cover doesn't meet what is inside. i'm not saying it's dark and bloody but i'm not saying it's a fluffy cute make-me-feel-good book. NOOOOO. Totally enjoyed. Trust me. Like I gotta tell you this: WHO KNEW SKITTLES WERE SO POWERFUL?!

Emma is the heroine in here and she is the girl who gets frustrated that she didn't get her PRECIOUS dragon spot. Her character grew and that was good. Her relationship with Curtis w
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, fantasy
I loved this book, it was so fun, and clever. I gave it four instead of five stars for the language, other than that I loved every minute of it.

Moral Note: Language about a handful of heck, dang, and omg. Clean romance, a little violence in killing fantasy creatures.
This book makes me happy XD

Why does this book make all my feels jump around like a kitten with a new toy? Well I will tell you.

1. She hunts fairies, and they dressed like hipsters( I have a little thing agents the way hipsters dress, no hate, just a thing ). I was never one to like fairies very much, more so because my Nan, god love her, told me horror stories about them when I was a child. About how if you wandered into the woods at night they would take you away and drive you mad, crazy, c
Kristen Harvey
Why I read this: I can't resist a good paranormal YA that involves both fairies and dragons.

Plot: Emma thinks she has dragon slayer in the bad as her designation for Burtonwood Academy. But she's surprised to find out she is now going to be a glorified slayer of fairies. Unfortunately, she's caught in a explosion as she's finally about to slay her first fairy and becomes the laughingstock of the school. To top it, a cute guy has taken her dragon slayer spot and she's steamed at him and when she
♥ Sarah
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

The story centered on Emma, who aspired to be a dragon slayer. She’d worked for that title her whole life and besides, it meant so much more to her because her mother was a famous dragon slayer before she passed away. It was a legacy left behind for her. Yet she gets assigned as a fairy slayer... But maybe it was meant to be; because a huge demon-dragon-like evil fairy is on the loose, and Emma’s the only one who can see it.

I expected pure fluff from this book, but was pleasantly surpr
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fairies
I wanted to read this ever since I saw it appearing around the blogosphere and I am so glad I won a copy from the lovely Lesley at My Keeper Shelf! This was so much fun and is the perfect beach read. (Okay, I read it by the pool, but the holiday read label still applies!)

Emma and her friends are training to be elemental slayer – each year there is only one Dragon Slayer and Emma is sure she will be chosen. Instead she is given fairies – small, annoying, mall-haunting, skittle eating fairies who
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
This book was great! I would love to see a movie version!!! :D

So Emma is waiting for the principal to call her into his office and tell her what her what elemental she 'll be responsible to slay. But when Emma is sure that she will be assigned Dragons -it is after all her legacy since her mother was the greatest dragon slayer of all times- she ends up because of some stupid test stuck with Fairies! The least dangerous of all elementals! Her whole world comes upside down and now she is stuck in t
It is supposed to be an YA book, but it is written like it is for a younger audience. The funny parts may be funny for teens; the romantic part may be romantic for teens; the mystery as not a mystery; the magic part... MEH. All was very conveniently done and was so predictable.

Emma is 15 years old, but she behaves like a little brat. When the Principal tells her that she won't be a dragon-slayer, but a fairy one, she throws a tantrum. Then she decides she hates Curtis with all her guts (the guy
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
**Spoiler alert**I think Emma made a stupid decision, how can a character spend 3/4ths of the book whining that they made the wrong choice about her career then when they hand it to her on a silver platter say 'hmmm, no thanks I like this better.' And anyway how does she even know there even are anymore fairies for her to take down hmm???? Before she killed the one she did there weren't supposed to be any in the first place. So yeah, her decision was STUPID. ...more
Rating: 3.5
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby was rather mediocre, but honestly very amusing to read. While the plot was nothing to be excited about with Emma figuring out how to kill a certain, deadly fairy, the characters were lovable and entertaining. Do not expect too much from this book. It was quite simply just a fun and light read.

The plot was not brilliant, but still interesting enough to read. The story started out with Emma being declared a fairy slayer at her school that specialized in tr
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
After the first 100 pages, I was reading it solely for giving it a bad review so people knew not to read it. It was very boring in the first part. No action and you could barely tell the plot line. However, as you neared the last third of the book, it began to become interesting. Lots of action near end and a great love interest. In all, it was an okay book. Miserable in the beginning, and great at the end. I don't know any other way to describe it. It is worth reading, but if there is something ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own

If you are looking for a fun, feel-good type of read, look no further because Amanda Ashby’s Fairy Bad Day is the book for you. Full of frilly entertainment, delightful romance, and plenty of intense fight scenes, this book is nothing short of addicting.

Fairy Bad Day starts the day Burtonwood Academy’s sophomores are receiving their slaying assignments, and for Emma Jones, this is no biggie, as it’s basically a given she’ll be given the assignment she’s been working towards since she was b
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

I LOVED this book! In fact, I’ve read twice! And I loved it just as much as the first time around! I really liked the concept—it was very different and quite interesting. Fairy Bad Day actually takes place in the same world as Zombie Queen of Newbury High , another Amanda Ashby book that I absolutely loved! I just really love this world, and I also love my Easter Eggs :)

I also loved our stubborn main character Emma. You can totally understand why she is so unhap

This was more of an okay read for me, considering that I didn't enjoy nor dislike it. I felt this book was supposed to be light and funny, but I didn't really get that vibe while reading FAIRY BAD DAY. Sure, jokes were made and funsies all around, but it didn't really faze me as funny, really. More annoying than funny.

The overall plot was a little fuzzy and a bit stereotypical of many books and movies. When reading books, I'm always looking for originality and specia
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Fairy Bad Day is a charming story full of humor and general hilarity, leaving us thoroughly entertained and earning itself a place on our shelves among those stories that are go-to reads when we need a big smile on our faces. The characters are all adorably quirky and have sharp wits they put to good use on a regular basis, their antics making for a fun, light read that succeeds in being memorable despite not being a
Lucy Shoup
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had such a creative story line that I couldn't put it down. The book kept me intrigued through the whole course of the story. ...more
Allison Leslie Gepte
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I feel terrible for giving this book such low rating. I'm usually a generous rating-giver and the idea of the story is impressive, but...

The inconsistencies of the plot was terrible.

The darkhel is about the size of a dragon and grew even bigger when it regained its soul, I can't see how possible it is for the darkhel to flip pages of a book especially when its talons are so mighty sharp it could have punctured the book in one grip-oh yeah. I forgot, maybe because the book is MAGICAL. Watev.

May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved it!

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 drin
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emma goes too Burtonwood Academy, a school for people gifted with the sight (ability to see demons, goblins, dragons, etc.) Emma's mom was an amazing dragon hunter and Emma has sought after that position since her mother's death five years ago. When the assignments are made at the beginning of her sophmore year she finds that she is to be a ..... fairy slayer?? Is there such a thing?

She spends the next few weeks hating Curtis, the boy that is assigned to be the dragon slayer. All that does is g
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Fairy Bad Day is overall a humorous book that remains humorous throughout the entire book. Sometimes it gets serious, but the characters remain rather silly despite how dreadful or terrifying the book gets. I can't really absorb myself into the book because I hate how 'this, this, this' the book gets. It's difficult to get into a book like this.

This book's universe is insane. Apparently you can kill fairies by shoving Skittles into their open wounds. Go figure. (I shudder to think of what those
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-or-syfy
Rating: PG

May I just say that this was twice as better as Ashby's other book, Zombies of Newbury High?

This was a very light fantasy book, with average characters and average romance. I feel the romance fell flat and, while I didn't fall in love with this book or characters, I did enjoy it and it entertained me. The plot wasn't too very shocking or surprising. Basically, this book didn't surprise me too much. The one thing that really stood out to me was that there was the whole fairy slayer thin
Veronica Morfi
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emma Jones is a 15 year old student of Burtonwood Academy, a training school for elemental creatures' slayers, and she is supposed to be a dragon-slayer, just like her mother. But at the day of the designation she is apointed to FAIRIES! She decides that in the six weeks until this is final she is going to change her Principal dicesion, but with only ine week left she has no idea what to do. And this is not her biggest problem, a giant, invisble fairy starts to hang around the school and she is ...more
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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nomin

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