Here at Bibliobibuli YA we love some faeries in our reading. So we decided to share some of our favorite reads that contain these pesky fantasy creatures.
We are also giving you the chance to win one of the books from the list below!
By Kiersten White
I reviewed this book earlier this week, so if you want to read more about go here. But to keep it short and sweet, this book has faeries, shape shifters, and a murder mystery. What isn’t to like? And the love interest is one of my favorites. He’s practically perfect and super sweet.
By Holly Black
So here’s the thing about Tithe: People seem to either love it or hate it. I can’t honestly say which I belong to, I might be one of the rare middle ground people. My favourite Holly Black story is the White Cat series, but the same dark realism, creepy magic, strange goings-ons and relatable characters exist in Tithe. It’s not your usual fairy story, while at the same time being a really skilled fairy story, which I really did appreciate.
By Elizabeth May
I wrote a review on The Falconer earlier, where I said it was just another typical YA book. This is true, but there are elements of the fairy story which deserve a second look-over. For one, it’s really cool to combine fairies and steampunk. Secondly, because these are the two main elements, the fairies are handled in a very novel way. I mean, YES, you have your sassy assistant fairy and the dark, brooding fey love interest, but everything else gets a little…strange. So although the story itself isn’t remarkable, Elizabeth May does get points for fairy originality.
Greta and the Goblin King
By Chloe Jacobs
I’m not sure if this is a super-typical fairy story…but, as Em pointed out, it does have fairies in it. What we both really enjoyed here was that it’s not a story about fairies and humans co-existing in creepy yet mostly invisible ways. Greta is, at least supposedly, the ONLY human stupid enough to get stuck in the crazy fey world of Mylena. Even better, the dark brooding fairy love interest is non existent. Instead he’s a goblin. A king if you will. It adds a dark, twisted aspect to what is an entire genre of dark and twisted tales.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
By Catherynne M. Valente
I don’t care that this book is really more Juvenile Fiction, it will have a special place in my heart. September is a fantastically down-to-earth protagonist in a decidedly airy world, whose pragmatism and kindness deeply affects the inhabitants of Fairyland. The world is described so delightfully that it’s easy to get lost in the words, and September is impossible not to root for against the Marquess. It’s a bit like Alice in Wonderland, except with fairies and wonderfulness.
By Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely will always be one of the ultimate fairy books for me. Melissa Marr combines a creepy, dark and strange fey world with all of the creepy, dark and strange aspects that we like to pretend don’t exist in our own world. I love the fact that even though Aislinn is basically consigned to becoming the Summer Queen or one of a multitude of concubines, she fights to own her own destiny. I love that even though Keenan might be the best non-brooding fairy love interest written, Aislinn actively rejects him in favour of her human boyfriend Seth. I love how the game of love and power is played out among teenagers who have the ability to change MULTIPLE worlds. And one of these days, I really will finish the rest of the series and see how everything plays out.
The Iron King
By Julie Kagawa
You’re going to have to forgive me here, because it’s been 8+ years since I’ve read this book (and I left my copy in another country). I remembered enjoying it as a young teenager, though I also thought it was something of a typical YA paranormal book. what I didn’t realise at the time was that it’s heavily based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as are so many fairy stories. However, the old story is wrapped up in the story of a loner teenager who suddenly realises why she’s never quite been able to fit in. Also even I recall that it was a dark, creepy, dangerous world that poor Meghan had stumbled into. In this list that’s not too unusual, but when I first read it I was impressed, and a little creeped out. Maybe one of these days I’ll manage to get to re-read this and see what happens in the end.
By Rachel Hawkins
A Court of Thorns and Roses
By Sarah J. Maas
By Juliet Marillier
So, I super love Neryn. The book starts where her father is gambling with her life, literally, and when he loses her to one of his opponents, she is on her own and on the run. She is also a Caller, meaning she can speak to the Good Folk (faeries), and control them, and all the King of Alban’s men are after her. During her cross country journey to reach a rebel group hidden in Alban’s mountains, she meets Flint, who is wonderfully yummy. There is also the cast of wonderful Good Folk characters that spring up throughout the story and help Neryn along the way.
The giveaway is open to anywhere the Book Depository ships
You can pick any book from the list above if you win.
Or, if you already own the books above, you may pick another book in the series (excluding books that have yet to be published)
Good luck and happy reading!