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Fairy Tale
by Cyn Balog
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Delacorte, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

As Fairy Tale opens, Morgan Sparks certainly seems to have a fairytale life. She and her next door neighbor and boyfriend, Cameron Browne, have been 'attached at the hip since kindergarten'. They were even born on the same day and plan to share a sweet sixteen party soon. They're popular students who love each other. Cam is 'the only sophomore on the varsity football team.' Psychic Morgan tells her peers what's in their futures - her visions always come true.

Overnight their idyllic relationship changes. Cam starts changing physically, in ways only Morgan can see. A weird new student shows up at school and in the Browne household - Pip Merriweather dresses and walks strangely and is considered a freak. Morgan wonders what is going on, but when she gets answers they raise even more questions. Turns out her boyfriend is a changeling (Pip was the human whose place he took) who's being recalled to rule the fairy kingdom - he's to cross over when he turns sixteen, but he doesn't want to leave Morgan.

Morgan desperately seeks a way to save her true love. She has increasing help from Pip who steadily adapts to his new environment. Morgan is delighted when they develop a plan to keep Cam from the Otherworld, but then she learns what it will cost - to both Cam and Pip - and has a tough decision to make. Cyn Balog gives readers a very different take on the paranormal relationship in Fairy Tale - it's sweet and funny and well worth reading.

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