Monday, June 24, 2013

International Fairy Day

It's International Fairy Day, a day to reveal in the magic and mystery of the world.

To celebrate, here are some faerie books!


The Good Neighbors #1: Kin by Holly Black, illustrated by Ted Naifeh. Rue's mother has been missing for three weeks and her father has just been arrested for murdering one of his students. Meanwhile, Rue is pretty sure she's going crazy because she keeps seeing weird things, like... faeries. Faeries that claim to be her mother's family. The first in a graphic novel trilogy, be sure to have Kith and Kind on hand, as it reads less like 3 separate volumes and more like 1 long book.

Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton. Nivienne is Fey, the daughter of the Lady of the Lake. She grows up on Apple Island, in an abandoned Roman villa, listening to Merlin's songs, one of the only Fey to have an idea of the world beyond their forest. You might know her name as Vivienne, her home as Avalon. This is an interesting take on the Arthur story, showing us another side of the tale.

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater. Deirdre is a harpist and plays a strange duet with a flautist at a wedding. After the music ends, clovers bloom everywhere and Deirdre can see faeries. The Queen of Faerie is after her, but the assassin she chose has instead fallen in love with Deirdre. That doesn't, however, mean she's out of danger. Follow it with Ballad.

v Glimmerglass by Jenna Black. After her mother disappoints her one final time, Dana runs away to Avalon, to find her father. But what Dana doesn't realize is the ability to travel between the human world and that of faerie is a rare gift that can cause the destruction of both worlds. The first in the Faeriewalker series, follow it with Shadowspell.

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. While acting in a production of Midsummer's Night Dream, Kelley discovers that Central Park is a portal between our world and that of faerie and something is going on that draws Kelley into the faerie world, even at her peril.

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton. In Victorian London, Tiki and her fellow orphans eke out a survival by picking pockets. But then she steal a ring--one that just happens to belong to the Queen, and is what binds our world and that of Faerie in peace. With the ring missing, war threatens between the two kingdoms.


Ash by Malindo Lo. This isn't your average Cinderella. The big thing is that Ash isn't trying to get to the ball to see the Prince. The other big thing is that there is no fairy godmother, but rather a faeries. They will grant Ash's wishes, but they have a price, one that may be too high.

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth Bunce. In this retelling of Rumplestiltskin, Charlotte is trying to keep her family's mill going in the face of the Industrial Revolution. Jack Spinner can save her, and the mill, but his prices are high, and getting higher.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Arilland is a kingdom where faerie blood runs through the veins of many. Where immortality is a dark seductress of the wealthy and two faeries, Joy and Sorrow, have played with other’s lives for far too long. Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and Joy and Sorrow are her aunts. When Sunday kisses a frog, she doesn't see him change into a prince--and her sworn enemy. But when he holds a ball to find her again, she'll have to go. The first in a series about Sunday and her sisters, the second, Hero, comes out in October.

We also covered faeries for J. M. Barrie's birthday. Which books would you add?

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  1. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean is a retelling of the Scottish ballad Tam Lin, in which there are fairies. I am pretty much obsessed with the song, and the book is good enough that I've reread is a few times. It's set at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, which is also a selling point for me.

  2. Yes! I love Tam Lin. It's on at least one list already, but it would be a great one for a fairy list!


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