BlogTour: Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy review

*waves nervously* Hi! Sorry for my abrupt disappearance off the face of the Earth (whilst still staying at home, because, of course). But I am back now and am bringing you my first blog tour! Thank you to Turn The Page Tours for this fantastic opportunity. There’s also a giveaway, because don’t we all love free books?

Check out this post to find out the full schedule for this tour.

Never After, The Thirteenth Fairy
  • Title: The Thirteenth Fairy (Never After, #1)
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Publisher: Roaring Book Press
  • Release Date: December 1st, 2020


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.

My review:

Y’know that fuzzy feeling you get when you read a book that just really makes you happy? That is exactly how I felt reading The Thirteenth Fairy. It took me a little while to get into it, but afterwards it was great! I loved how the author twisted the fairy tales we know. I was expecting them to stay pretty much the same, but the Melissa Del La Cruz managed to keep the magic alive and put her own twist on it. The humour in this novel was ah-maaaaay-zing. I felt like every page I was at least chuckling. The characters had their own distinct humour and personalities so it never got old. I will definitely be reading the sequel, I can’t wait to see Filomena’s next adventures.

I would have to say my favourite character was Filomena! I found her very relatable. I think the character Gretel made me laugh the most.

Sometimes I found this a little hard to get into and it was pretty predictable but nonetheless I really enjoyed it.

If you liked The Land Of Stories, books that make you laugh, and fairy tales I highly recommend this book for you.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

4/5 stars.

Giveaway Info:

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.


Author Info:

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.

Is this book on your tbr? Have you read it? What are some books that have made you laugh? Hope you’re all doing well!


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