Title: Shayla Witherwood ~ A Half-faerie Tale
Author: Tamra Torero
Published: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Read synopsis: Goodreads
Rating: 2.5 of 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 always been home-schooled her entire life so attending a public high school and socializing with lots of people was all new to her. Aside from that she has to keep her being faerie a secret because it can only cause big troubles for her.
Much of the story was focused on how Shaylah was dealing with her new high school life - not very paranormal, really - there were parts though were she used her abilities like getting invisible, shape-shifting her ears and stuffs, learning new abilities but it was too cliche or too simple it wasn't thrilling at all. Yes, of course, there were parts were she has to reveal her secret to certain characters but it just didn't add to the excitement.
There was hardly any plot or if there is, it was pretty shallow. For the entirety of the story I keep on wondering what really Shaylah is supposed to do or what should really be happening. There were parts were I thought they were already getting into something really interesting but then it would suddenly turn into totally different way. There were twists by the end ,though but yay, it was too ordinary or cliche for my taste.
I also feel that most of the characters were undeveloped. For every story I've read there is always a supporting character I grew really fond of but here there is none, maybe the closest is Jace but there are just really few things about him to make me love him enough.
The good thing though was that the writing was fast and easy. I didn't really grew frustrated of annoyed but just bored. Nevertheless, I think this might appeal more on middle-school type of reading. It was really simple for a paranormal book so I think it would be better for younger readers. :))
*An advance copy has been provided by Cedar Fort via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*