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A Fairy Tale

Written by: Shanna Swendson
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Series: The Fairy Tale Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie Drake danced with the fairies in the woods behind her grandparents' Louisiana home. But she closed the door to the fairy world and turned her back on the Fae when they tried to steal her little sister Emily. Fourteen years later, Sophie heads to New York City on a desperate mission. Emily, now an up-and-coming Broadway actress, has gone missing. Only Sophie suspects the Fae. Now Sophie has her work cut out for her. Emily's abduction is part of a larger plot involving the missing Queen of the fairy realm. An upstart fairy is making a bid to assume control of the entire Realm, unite the fairies, and become master over the human world.

To free her sister, Sophie must derail this power scheme and find the true Queen of the Realm. That's a lot for a small-town ballet teacher to tackle, but with the unlikely aid of her sometimes flighty sister, a pair of elderly shopkeepers with a secret, a supremely lazy (but surprisingly knowledgeable) bulldog, and a wounded police detective searching for his own missing person, she just might prevail - if she can force herself to confront her own past and face her true nature.

©2014 Shanna Swendson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great and very captivating story.

I had a wonderful time exploring the world of the Fae with this book. Trying to guess all the twists and turns as they happen.

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Boring

Two hours in and I found myself just completely uninterested in the story. Had zero interest of listening to any other books in the series.

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Sophomore effort

Basic plot was ok, but read like an after school special. There was little to no sense of wonder, it felt main characters were so "oh, faires AGAIN been-there-done that". Villian was styled after a high school rival, not a menace. Description of internal emotions and of the action was thin. Problems were resolved too quickly and easily. It was great to see competent female leads, hopefully this author's next effort has better success building a sense of conflict and urgency. I struggled to finish.

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  • PhoenixDawn
  • 2015-03-19

Cute. Not too much romance. Teen-agey genre.

Overall it was good with a few twists. The beginning was a little choppy while setting the plot. I think I liked her other series a little better at this point. It was pretty mellow for the romance section and probably more suited to teenagers. The narrator was fine, no complaints.

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  • Roxx
  • 2015-01-05

A good story ... Just not riveting all the time.

Narrator was fine. Story was good. Just had no trouble stopping and then continuing at a convenient time. Unlike those that you walk around the house listening to. The characters were good, very believable.

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  • Amanda
  • 2015-05-19

Shanna Swendson has done it again!

Love it. Not predictable at all. I enjoyed the nontraditional rolls in this story. The sister relationship between the main characters play out into something totally off the charts. Not once did either of them cry out for a prince charming to rescue them. I love every part of the story except the part where I no longer had another page.

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  • Ellen
  • 2017-08-21

If you like spooky fairytales this is the book for you

Story line great. Narrator brings the book alive. Action pack, non stop who, what, when and of course fun twist in the end.Can 't wait to read Book 2.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 2015-03-15

Great Story, one small issue.

I really enjoyed the story except for one part that was more about the narration. I thought the narrator made every male character sound like an emotionless jerk. At first, I thought this may have been the authors intent, but it became clear fairly quickly to me that it wasn't.
Once I looked past that, I thought the story was original and quite fun.

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  • ACustomerofAmazonWhoBuysThingsOnAmazon
  • 2015-01-02

Loved it!

A fresh addition to the stories of the Fae. I like that it's light and full of adventure. This book also has my all-time favorite "wake the damsel" kiss!

The narrator does an excellent job. After each listening session I found myself hearing "Sophie's" voice in my head as I'd read other things. Very well done.

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  • sally blake
  • 2020-06-23

great story line. wonderful characters . There i

great book. wonderful characters and there is a second book to continue the story. Shanon Swendson is the best author.

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  • mauricio seiti
  • 2019-10-31

a good surprise

this is more like a teen book. but surprised me. a fresh novel with very good narration.

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  • Rose
  • 2017-09-22

Worth the credit

Only thing that bugged me was the first few chapters it would go quiet then really loud but it could have been my connection to my Bluetooth speaker.

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  • Julie
  • 2017-01-14

A fun, sassy, love story!

I have always been a big fan of fairy story's. I just love to listen to books that transport you to a reality that is unattainable in real life. This book has mystery, sassiness, a hidden world right in front of us, and some clean romantic attraction. I will definitely be following this story on to the next books. I also really enjoyed the narrator Suzy Jackson. She brought a fun southern accent to the characters that was quite entertaining to listen to.