Before I start my review, I would like to thank C.J. Anaya for allowing me to review My Fair Assassin.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received My Fair Assassin from C.J. Anaya for free for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: My Fair Assassin
Author: C.J. Anaya
Publisher: C.J. Anaya
Date of publication: March 26th, 2016
Number of pages: 132
Part of a series: No
Where you can find this book: Amazon
It’s not everyday a teenage girl is singled out for assassination.
Crysta has come to accept the fact that she is freakishly different. Her shocking white hair, creepy powers, and weird eating habits have prevented her from fitting in with her various foster families. Now that she is fully emancipated and providing for herself, she hopes that life will settle down and become something halfway normal.
Her hopes are shattered when a dangerous man with lethal intent breaks into her apartment, but this enticing stranger isn’t what he seems. Is he here to kill her or protect her from others who will?
My Fair Assassin is a romantic short story with elements of paranormal and urban fantasy woven in for an entertaining read. It also touches on social issues involving personal self-esteem and acceptance. Adults and teens alike will enjoy getting lost in the pages of Crysta’s story as she finally comes to accept who she is…or rather what she is.
When I first started reading My Fair Assassin, I was kinda “meh” about it. I mean, who would be OK with a strange guy appearing in their apartment and announcing their intention to kill them? Not me. I think I would be running around the apartment screaming my fool head off. But Crysta was pretty laid back about it. Once you get past that first chapter, the book gets much more interesting.
I liked Crysta’s character. While she looks different (white hair, blue eyes, pointy ears), is a vegan and she has powers that she can’t understand but she is pretty down to earth, very funny and sarcastic. She also suffers from poor body image. In order to fit in, she filed her ears down and dyes her hair blonde. I felt so sad when she explained why she did that and it does reflect what tween/teenagers are going through in today’s society. As a mother of a tween girl, I think it is very refreshing to see these issues addressed.
Jareth, on the other hand (fans self), is a total hottie. Think a male version of Crysta but with more powers than her. I just didn’t like that he knew everything and let it trickle down to her. But considering her self-esteem/trust issues, I do think it was a wise choice and you could tell how much he cared about her.
I didn’t care for the Instalove BUT it went well with the story. To be honest, I think that Jareth had Instalove first, which was a first for me to read, and he just waited for Crysta to follow suit. Like I said, it made sense. You really need to read the story to fully understand what I am saying.
The ending was pretty interesting. Things came out that kinda surprised me. One of those things, I figured out as soon as Jareth appeared in Crysta’s apartment. The other main thing did surprise me and it made me a little sad for Jareth.
How many stars will I give My Fair Assassin? 4
Why? This was a good fantasy/Ya book with a great message in it. The author does include a note at the end of the book that she wrote it for her teenage niece and that brought tears to my eyes. It was very sweet!!
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Teen
Why? Some violence, some kissing….but no sex.