Thursday, March 4, 2021



TITLE: The Thirteenth Fairy (Never After, #1)

AUTHOR: Melissa de la Cruz

PUBLISHER: Roaring Book Press

RELEASE DATE: December 1st, 2020

GENRE(S): Middle Grade Fiction--Fantasy



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.


The story is an easy read that flows flawlwlessly and effortlessly in an almost rhythmic manner. I don't often read middle grade books but the author writes such intriguing stories that I could not pass it up! Filomena is embarks on a journey that most avid readers dream about, being whisked into your favorite book or series. However, this isn't a fun excursion but a dangerous one. Filomena is not anyone special, except to her overprotective parents who have gone as far as to warn her about changeling and children being taken by fairies so she's never been on her own for even a minute until today when the last book of her favorite series is being released and her parents allowed her to go get it from the local bookstore on her own since they couldn't be taken away from their work to accompany her. But things start to go array and she's met by one of her favorite characters as someone with an evil laugh is trying to kill her. She's whisked away to Never After where she is someone special, someone who must figure out the mystery behind the Thirteenth Fairy before the evil queen destroys the kingdom. She goes from a world where anything excited almost never happens to place where plenty things are happening. There's danger,mystery, intrigue as she embarks on her adventure into a fantasy world she only dreamed about being a part of.


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.


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