I’m thrilled to be taking part in today’s stop for The Thirteenth Fairy Book Tour hosted by Turn The Page Tours. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
Real life and fairy tales collide in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, book one in the new middle-grade Never After series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens. Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent―he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!
Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.
I absolutely fell in love with this book! For a middle grade book it was superbly written. The world building was fantastic, characters all unique and so much fun! This story is any book lovers dream come true. To realize not only that the book is real, but that we turn out to be the main characters!?! What!?! Amazing, simply amazing.
Filomena is a young book loving girl who cannot wait to get her hands on the last book in the series. Sound familiar? We all wait oh so impatiently for release day. But Filomena learns that the last book will never be published, the author has disappeared and no one knows where to. On her way home she ends up meeting Jack Stalker, the hero in the books she’s been reading. From there the real adventure begins – Filomena realizes that her story in the Kingdom of Westphalia, is the last book.
Even though this is a middle grade book, all ages are sure to love it just as much as I did. This book is a pretty fast read, you get caught up in the pages and can’t put it down. Thoroughly engaging! This is the first book I’ve read by Melissa de la Cruz, but definitely won’t be the last. I’m a fan!
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Up for grabs, we have ONE (1) physical copy of The Thirteenth Fairy (Never After, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz. This giveaway will run from March 1st to March 8th at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents only.
Huge thank you to Turn The Page Tours & Melissa de la Cruz for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review. I hope all my readers are enjoying March so far, have a wonderful day!