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20 January 2009

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Carol

The Fairy Rebel, by Lynne Reid Banks - please pick me, I just finished The Ink Exchange today!
And The Minister's Daughter has fairies and "piskies." Does that count as two?

Ryan

Hands down the best book about fairies written in the past 50 years is John Crowley's Little, Big. No description I could offer could come close to doing it justice - it's singular and wonderful.

(No need to enter me in the contest, I just wanted to offer up the suggestion. No reading list of awesome books about fairies would be complete without it.)

khy

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. I just read it; twas pretty good. It has lots of Shakespeare stuff. And a kelpie. Whoo.

annie

My favorite book about fairies has to be "I Was a Teenage Fairy" by Francesca Lia Block. Like her other books, it's dreamy and out there, but Mab is a sassy fairy queen.

Carol

Oops - why you should read it - re: the Fairy Rebel, it's by the author of the Indian in the Cupboard, so nuff said. I read it as a child and really liked it.

The Minister's Daughter - not to spoil it (I'm not sure if you read it, I know I found it on a different site) but the fairies play an integral role in the plot.

Also - Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. I love that book.

Anna

I'll put in a word for Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. Shakespearean fairies run amok at a small liberal arts college. It provides a modern spin on a classic fairy tale.

Laura

I really enjoyed Pay the Piper: A Rock and Roll Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. Also agree heartily with Anna - Tam Lin is a great read, especially if you were an English Lit major. Plus it's set in a just-barely-fictionalized version of the college where I did my undergrad, which makes reading it even more fun.

Carol

And The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope - fairies, and some tween Tudor historical fiction.

Liv

Let's see...
Beastly by Alex Flinn is good but it's more folk tale - Beauty in the Beast.
Ooh. Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood has fairies in it and is pretty good. :)
I was going to say The Fairy Rebel, too, but it was already suggested. That's an awesome book.

I'm super excited to read Fragile Eternity; Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange were fantastic!

Anonymous

LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater.

Beautiful harpist falls in love with the soulless faerie assassin sent to kill her.

beth

Wen Spencer's _Tinker_. Technically they are elves, not fairies, but they live in a separate realm that had portals you disappeared into. Fay, so fairies.

Ariel

Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl is amazing, though it's almost more MG than YA. But How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier was pretty good.

Charlotte

My Fair Godmother. by Janette Rallison, is a fun read.

I also have a soft spot for The Flower Fairy Alphabet.

Alivia Lehto

I've read very few fairy books and most I have were already mentioned, but I hear Tithe by Holly Black is very good. :)


Great contest and you're blog is very entertaining. :)

A Paperback Writer

I'm in the middle of The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm right now (edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling). It's short stories from Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, etc, etc. It's definitely a prize for anyone interested in fairies because it has so much variety in it. The introduction gy Windling alone is almost worth it.

Carol

Knife (U.K. title) by R.J. Anderson or Spell Hunter (U.S. title). The main character is a wickedly awesome faery. :) You should definitely check it out.

Molly B

War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull. It's often named as the progenitor of modern urban fantasy. It was fresh and VERY much fun in the 80s, when there really wasn't much contemporary fantasy to be had--lots of rock and roll (Minneapolis in the 80s, after all... I think the phouka is based on a particular Minneapolis musician, but that might just be me) and fairy courts and a fantastic narrative voice. A must-read, and it gets reprinted every few years, so it's pretty easy to find despite its age.

I love the other commenters' suggestions, and have only read a few of them. Hurray! More TBR!!

BookSpot

I hope the Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison can count :) Fairy's aren't the main character but I love the way they're incorporated in with all the other supernatural characters.

-Lucile

redheadedali

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's loooooong, but worth it.

BookSpot

Oh, and if my last idea doesn't count, then I suggest Tithe and its followups by Holly Black!

Gwen

The Ordinary Princess, by M. M. Kaye. Technically it's more about the princess, but it features my all-time favorite fairy (who I now always picture in my head as played by Allison Janney), and is just fantastic all around.

Jenn

I don't know if you've read this book, but Need by Carrie Jones is an awesome story where the pixies are the bad guys. If you're looking for a graphic novel, Kin by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh is a solid start to a new series.

I would really love to win Fragile Eternity. I can't wait to read it!!

Julia M

Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swenson

Paradox

The Faerie Wars Quartet by Herbie Brennan!!! Because it's awesome. :) Really, it explains fairies and other mythical creatures with parallel universes. It's a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, which I also love! This series is on my list of favorite books.

Beth Revis

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan (hope that this isn't one you've already read). I like it because of the main female character (very cool girl) and the interesting twist on the faerie world. A boy captures a faerie in a jam jar and then becomes embroiled in the plots of the faerie kingdom. Argh. I'm not good at this--I should leave the book reviewing up to you!

Frances

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan. It's kind of a crossover between science fiction and mythology. It's really good but different.

Beth Revis

Argh! Just realized that I missed out on Faerie Wars by a minute!

OK, then, I'll switch to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Because Puck is awesome, and it's nice to know that Shakespearean fairies are as petty as Gossip Girls.

Alex

The Chronicles of Faerie (Hunter's Moon, The Summer King and the Light-Bearer's Daughter all in one book) and the Book of Dreams by O.R. Melling. Admittedly, they all have similar premises - a girl from modern-day Canada goes to Ireland and gets mixed up with the fae (except for the Book of Dreams in which an Irish girl comes to Canada and gets mixed up with its folklore)- but they all deal with different aspects of celtic myth, legend and folklore, and are thus not overly similar to each other.

O.R. Melling is one of the authors who turned me on to fantasy at the tender age of 10-ish, and I've never looked back. Her books are full of myth, romance, quests and kick-ass women... and the warning that, no matter how cool living in Faerie sounds, it's not all that it seems to be.

Ash

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier is a great book about fairies that is simple to understand, but still orginal enough to leave you fully satisfied.

Brooke

Oh, who has time to read a whole novel? My money's on the two gorgeous David Ellwand fairy books: first, Fairie-Ality, a fairy fashion book with scads of teeny-tiny clothes made from pressed flowers and other nature-ish objects (including an Elvis outfit made from pansies), and The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher, which is ghostly/creepy fun.

hannah

Stardust by Neil Gaiman! It reads like a fairy tale. It's funny and sweet and magical.

Meagan

I do not really read books that contain fairies. Wicked Lovely has been the first. But I suggest Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. The book has the mention of fairies and all her books have some sort of magical world.

Wendy

War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

Rebecca

Oooh, The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue, published a couple years ago, is about changelings, and is unputdownable!

Donna S

Stardust by Neil Gaiman. First anything by Neil Gaiman is great. But its about Tristran Thorn who falls in love with the prettiest girl in town. He makes her a promise that he will go and find the falling star they both saw in the sky. So he leaves his home and journeys into the land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears.

Annie

I don't normally comment, but I had to put in my two cents. Solstice Wood, by Patricia McKillip. It's a loose sequel to her book Winter Rose, but you can read one without the other, and fairies feature more heavily in the second book. McKillip's writing is amazing (very dreamlike and descriptive), and she blends a lot of old, old stories into a modern setting.

That said, I now have to go read all the other titles listed here (just when I was getting caught up on my book backlog)!

Sarah O.

The Summer King by O.R. Melling, part of a series...

The Hollow Kingdom trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle! Not so much about fairies as about goblins, but they have the same vibe.

Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle--all things English and mythical that go bump in the night.

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton, another great retelling of Tam Lin.

Donna S

Oh sorry another one I just read if you want something lighter. What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire. Another fantastic author. 3 kids trapped in a disaster with their older cousin who tells them the story of the skibbereen, which are the creatures generally known as tooth fairies. His story revolves around What-the-Dickens a orphan skibbereen and his journey to learn about what he is and where he comes from and what it is tooth fairies exactly do.

Sarah

I have to put in a good word for Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust. It gets lost among the Vlad books and the Dumas stories, but it's fabulous. Moody and odd, and based on Hungarian legend, which I, at least, didn't know a thing about.

web

I don't know if it counts (or if you can even get it, though I'm lucky enough to own a copy) but The Coming of the Fairies by Conan Doyle is a fascinating inadvertent depiction at how an intelligent person can utterly deceive himself. Worth it just to see the photographs of the 1920's "fairies."

Angie

Well, my overall favorite book with faeries is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The whole Sevenwaters trilogy, actually. And the fourth one just came out in November and has lots of faery awesome. But if you've read that series, or are looking for something more urban, definitely Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson books. Iron Kissed (the third one) is the one that focuses most on the fey.

Anna Marie

At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Nymphs, and Other Troublesome Things by Diane Purkiss -- "Rather than good or bad, fairies are more simply and plainly dangerous." p. 8

Thao Le

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey is good. I also like to second The Fairy Rebel, read it when I was little and I loveeeed it. I think it was what began my love for fantasy.

Amber Gentry

Love is Hell because Melissa Marr wrote one of the stories about a selkie. And Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Gabrielle Zevin, and Laurie Faria Stolarz also contributed.
And it almost made me stop posting to re-read.

Whitney

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor.

Great approach to tiny faeries, and with the best group of sidekicks I've read in a while: a flock of scottish smoking actors crows. The audiobook is really great, as well.

Angela

The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling.
I am really pumped to read Fragile Eternity, I loved Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange.

HipShaker

Jack the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint. This book is made of awesome. "Jack" in the title is actually a woman, an ordinary woman whose life sucks hard. She stumbles upon all the bad stuff going down in Faery and becomes a wonderful heroine. It's such a fast paced, action packed read. SO much fun! I was probably smiling the whole time I was reading it. You can find this book in Jack of Kinrowan which contains it and its sequel Drink Down the Moon which I didn't like quite as much.

katayoun

emma bulls' "war for the oaks" and charles de lint's "Jack of Kinrowan", both so very fantastic

katayoun

both at nearly the same time!! :) i was wondering how come de lint was not mentioned :) so to offer something new, which i don't know why i didn't mention in the first post, cause they are both my favorite writers would be wynne jones' "fire and hemlock" and any patricia mckillip is fantastic, like "the book of atrix wolfe"

Heidi

Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber

There's nothing I didn't like in this book, and everything to love. It's chock full of fairy lore and fairy tales. The fairy tales are turned inside out from our usual knowledge of them, for instance the parents were bad, the witch was good in Hansel and Gretel. Just what tale corresponds to the story of the witch's boy isn't immediately apparent. The other tales are anecdotes dropped here and there about acquaintances and distant news.

For all that rich detail, the core story doesn't get lost. It is a story of love, and of a boy growing up and experiencing the tension between love for mother and love for a girl. He's raised by a witch with the help of magic, a bear, and a djinni who can't be trusted. Neither he nor his mother are perfect, and there is where the depth of the story can be found.

Rebecca

Magic In The Mirrorstone, edited by Steve Berman. Not all the stories are specifically about fairies, but Holly Black has a great one included. Also, someone already mentioned The Faery Reel, but I just wanted to second it! I especially liked Holly Blacks' The Night Market and A. M. Dellamonica's The Dream Eaters.

Rebecca

"Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer" by Laini Taylor - it's exciting, funny, and throws out some twists that I never saw coming. One of the best books I read in 2008.

Thanks for running this contest!

Rachel

The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar and Steel Rose by Kara Dalkey are the two I can think of off the top of my head. Good Fairies is an interesting take on fairies in a modern world. Steel Rose is set in Pittsburgh, PA. Very local fiction - not sure it would be as interesting to someone who hasn't been to some of the places mentioned in the book. Also a modern day fairies/elves story.

Laura

This book has already been mentioned, but I feel it should be mentioned again because it's superb and should be read by everyone with an interest in YA fairy novels: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. It really is my favorite novel about faeries so far (I'd like to read as many as possible so the recs above are great). I don't love the cover and if I hadn't been really desperate for a new YA novel on faeries, I probably would have passed on it because of the cover.

I also loved the Holly Black books Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Valiant was my favorite, but Tithe is the first.

In case these repeats disqualify me, I will add that The Tree Shepherd's Daughter by Gillian Summers is the first in a trilogy about "the faire folk." I have not read it, but I bought a copy a couple weeks ago after reading something positive about it. (Oops, maybe it was one of your reviews?!)

Heather

I read O. R. Melling's books a couple of years ago and just adored them. They are called The Chronicles of Faerie (which include The Hunter's Moon, The Summer King, and The Light-Bearers Daughter.) And now I have to thank you because when I went to look up the titles (to be sure I was correct) I found that a new one, "The Book of Dreams", is coming out in May!

They are all set in Ireland and include many Irish folk tales. They also include some political messages about what's happening in Ireland in regard to environmental and historical protection.

danielle

Fairies of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

I blogged about the book (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mahlu002/oneday/2007/10/reading_log_faeries_of_dreamdark_blackbringer_by_laini_taylor.html), but this is really what sums it up for me: Taylor plays a little with legends and fairy tales, such as the "genie in the bottle," with animal gifts and blessings, with gods and their creations, with the relationships between different species and creatures, and with human emotions and fraility (disguised, of course, as faery emotions and fraility). Characters in the novel are born with defects; the prince of the Ratherstring clan was born with the wings of a moth, unable to support himself in flight. Yet he learns other skills to compensate, and comes out a hero (plus, he knits!). I got so caught up in the adventure that I could hardly put the book down, and I was sorry to see it end.

Summer

The Mysteries by Lisa Turtle. About a private investigator looking for a missing person. Bet you can guess where she went missing to. :) It's pretty good.

Mfred

I would suggest Charles De Lint's Jack of Kinrowan Books -- Jack the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon. A young woman named Jack (Jacky) becomes The Jack of the faerie world-- rescuing a princess from the evil Faerie court.

Anonymous

Don't enter me, but if anyone wants to read a short story with fairies, called The Fairy's Tale, click on "Posted by: Anonymous." The link will take you to the story.

Kelly Fineman

I'm going way old-school with A Midsummer Night's Dream by Will Shakespeare. Fairies manage to interact/interfere in the lives of several different humans, some of whom are would-be lovers, in a delightful, dreamy comedy. The play is the thing - the movie version with Rupert Everett and a young Christian Bale and Stanley Tucci as Puck is only so-so as adaptations go.

Rose

Well, I see I'm too late to enter Fire and Hemlock or The Perilous Gard, but I'll second them. I'd recommend The Folk Keeper, as the book that made me fall in love with all stories about selkies.

Jenny Schwartzberg

If you can ever get your hands on Grace Lodge's The Marsh Princess, published in London, 1949, I definitely recommend it. However, I seem to have the only copy in the USA.

L. Frank Baum's Queen Zixi of Ix has fairies and is great fun. There are fairies elsewhere in Baum, The Enchanted Island of Yew for example.

I definitely echo some of the recommendations above.

What about Josepha Sherman? Look for her older titles, such as Windleaf; Child of Faerie, Child of Earth; Gleaming Bright, which are middle-grade. Her adult fantasies are also appropriate for YA: The Shining Falcon; The Horse of Flame; A Strange and Ancient Name; King's Son, Magic's Son; The Shattered Oath; Forging the Runes; and Son of Darkness. I happily reread them almost every year. To my great regret she now writes Star Trek, juvenile non-fiction, compiles fantasy anthologies, etc. but has not written books of her own worlds since the mid 1990s. Sigh....

Electric Landlady

Finder, also by Emma Bull. It's a stand-alone book in the Borderland series that Terri Windling edited. Technically elves, not fairies, but I love it to bits. Recently reissued so shouldn't be too hard to find. (There are also three four! ooh! short story collections and two novels by Will Shetterly.)

Electric Landlady

(I'm also going to have to add a ton of books to my TBR list, based on all the suggestions here!)

Elizabeth

Crap. That'll teach me to spend all day watching inauguration coverage. Well, doesn't matter. Eva Ibbotson's The Secret of Platform 13 has a fairy in it and is the best book ever.

Rachel

Oh my gosh! I LOVE books about fairies!!
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi were adorable, as well as The Winter Child by Wendy Froud, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood, which has a hilarious and spunky teenage narrator (and is in Ireland-what else do you need?) but the best by far that I've read is The Chronicles of Faerie by O.R. Melling-which is also set in Ireland but also has a wealth of mythical Irish creatures and characters. The books are just impossible to put down-that's how exciting they are. I'm eagerly awaiting the last book, which is coming out in the US this year.

Amanda

Ok. I've actually never read a book on fairies. Horrible, right? Well, unless you count A Midsummer Night's Dream. But I just picked up a copy of Photographing Fairies by Steve Szilagyi
which sounds intriguing and will be reading that one shortly. Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous

Don't believe me about LAMENT? Check this out: http://www.omnivoracious.com/2009/01/ya-wednesday-flux-favorites-.html

Kate S

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fariy Book-

because what could be better than smashing fairies between the pages of a blank book?

Kate

Impossible by Nancy Werlin, The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint, and The New Policeman by Kate Thompson. Even if I don't get the book, you should check them out. I'll definitely be adding a few books from other people's comments to my goodreads to read list :)

Danielle

While snowed in this past weekend I inhaled Nancy Werlin's Impossible. I'm not sure if it counts as a fairy story, but Werlin's book features an evil elfin knight and a curse based on the folk ballad "Scarborough Fair." Lucy Scarborough is one of a long line of Scarborough Girls cursed to go mad after giving birth to a daughter at age 18. Unless she can perform the three impossible tasks outlined in the ballad, Lucy will succumb to the insanity that claimed her birth mother and will ultimately belong to the elfin knight. A very imaginative and suspenseful read.

Also the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Definitely for adults/older YAs, the Merry Gentry series is fabulously trashy and rife with beautiful fairy men and seelie vs. unseelie drama. This series had been a favorite guilty pleasure.

Alysa

Oh! Blackbringer by Laini Taylor. Best faerie book I've read in ages! And Silksinger, it's sequel is on its way...

Renee

Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is quite an undertaking but I really enjoyed it, I like the foot noting and historical references and how the story unfolds itself and semi unrelated that cover reminds me of the Adoration of Jenna Fox's cover a lot - with the blue butterfly

Allie

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith. There are some really unique characters and a strong feeling of suspense that builds throughout the book. Unfortunately there is not as much payoff as I would have liked, but her writing is strong enough that I will definitely read the sequel! I want to see where she is going with the story.

emmaco

Wow, hard coming in after a zillion comments so I'll have to go with the childhood staple of Enid Blyton's The magic faraway tree which I believe features an annoying fairy with long blonde hair. But it was a firm childhood favourite for me and lots of other people.

For a more recent read, Terry Pratchett's Lords and ladies is about elves but has the whole fairies might not be as cool as you think they are theme. Extremely funny of course!

Steph

Peter Pan by JM Barrie. Although it isn't technically about faeries it has Tinker Bell in it and she is the original Faerie afterall. Aside from the faerie factor, it is a classic kid's book with some scandalous tidbits hidden within ;)

Frances

I just remembered The Faerie Path Series by Frewin Jones. You should read it because it is a really good YA book,
but it's a really complex deep read too with an intense plot full of manipulation and scandal.

Britt

Poison by Chris Wooding is definetely a great book to read. It's about a girl whose sister is kidnapped by evil faeries and she has to travel into their world to rescue her. Really exciting and kept me up all night!

Heather

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett!

Kelly

Wings by E.D. Baker is an awesome book that deals a lot about finding your place in life and of course there is a romance in there too, and who doesn't want to read about that?

Dhole

I would suggest The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint since it deals a lot with a misfit punk girl trying to find her way through a new school, which we all deal with, and it has some dangerous faeries in it that stir up some trouble for her.

Dhole

The Hollow Kingdom Series by Clare b. Dunkle. I don't want to give to much away, but I couldn't put down this book. It's one of those where you get wrapped up and forget what time it is.

olivia

My sister told me to recommend The Faire Folk Trilogy by Gillian Summers. She said that it is a hilarious
page-turner that she finished after reading it all day in school.

Jenn H.

The Moorchild, by Eloise McGraw, which won the Newbery Honor in 1997. Though I admittedly haven't read it in several years, it's one of those books where the characters and message stick with you. I'd highly recommend it.

Franny-la

Last year I read New Policeman by Kate Thompson. It is set in modern day Ireland (where I'm from originally!) and, without saying too much, I can tell you that it has the main character trying to find a link between his world and the parallel fairy world. Quick read that is still quite exciting.

Caitlin S.

Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling :D

Caitlin S.

Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling :D You should read it because it's written really well, and the main character is a Plain-Jane who does extraordinary things. Also, it's placed in Ireland and who doesn't love Ireland? Also also, it's part of a series so there are even more books to read once you're finished with this one!

I commented before but forgot to tell you why. Sorry!

Mandy

The book formely known as FAIRY LUST, aka, FAIRY TALE, by Cyn Balog, becuase I have read it and it is awesome. Totally different than any fairy book!

mandy

Heather Turner

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

I really enjoyed this title. I thought it was a unique spin on the fairy tale with a time in British History that is rarely written about. Oliver Cromwell's Puritan England that is.

Karen

If you want a more adult title I'd try Richelle Mead's Storm Born, it was a great read!

Anna

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull is AMAZING! I thought that with the end of Harry Potter I would be left hung out to dry but then I found this tantilizing book series. It's kind of like Halloween Town on steriods. I stayed up all night to finish it and I do not stay up for just anything.

Erica N

The Good Fairies of New York, by Martin Millar is (to put it very, very briefly) about two punk fairies from Scotland who involve themselves in the lives of a couple of mortals in New York.

Brooke

This is tough since a lot were already posted, let me see though!

I guess you can't go wrong with Charles de Lint, like The Little Country or The Wild Wood. de Lint has the talent of writing dark yet whimsical tales. Love. :)

Fire and Hemlock by Dianne Wynne Jones, it's dark, deep, and complex. Very cool!

I like to think of these authors as classic writers, you should check 'em out! :)

D= People took nearly all of my fairy books! Though I suppose it's good you're getting so many recs. Anyways, the only fairy book I can think of that hasn't been recced so far is Good Faeries Bad Faeries by Brian Froud. It's a fairy catalogue and it has amazingly gorgeous illustrations. Plus I love the sheer amount of fairies he includes - there's an entry on the Butter Toast Fairy! =D Totally required for anyone into fairy lore.

Oh, I just remembered another! The Good Fairies of New York by Mark Millar. Follows the advnetures of a pair of deeply hilarious Scottish fairies who have managed to get themselves lost in America and have a preternatural talent for attracting chaos. I actually like his book Lonely Werewolf Girl better (two recs for the price of one) but this is the fairy-focused one.

I'll be crossing my fingers now. =)

Chelsea Watson

Troublesome Things a history of fairies and fairy stories by Diane Purkiss
Now this is a nonfiction book, but I still really enjoyed it (and I’m not normally into non-fiction). It’s all about the history of fairy myths, all the way from Greek and Roman demons up until Victorian pink sparkly fairies. It really opened my mind to different sort of fairies, and I highly recommend it.
I hope I helped :)

megan salgado

Does it have to be YA?
Because Kiss of Shadows (and all of the ones to follow it in the series) by Laurell K Hamilton is really good. But definitely not YA.

Another non-YA is Unshapely Things by Marc Del Franco. The main character is Druid. But There are fairies throughout the series and it's really good.

As far as YA... the only recommendation I have doesn't come out until fall. But Rachel Vincent's My Soul To Take should be fabulous as everything she writes is.

Allie

Not sure if you already read this one. Neil Gaiman's Stardust. It's a must and so much better then the movie like most books to movies. There is no other book like it.

Kate

"Impossible" by Nancy Werlin. Tnis book is her newest and I think best book yet. The story is a fictionalized accounting of the folk song "Scarborough Fair." It is all about a girl who's family is under an ancient curse by the "evil Elfin Knight" and how she must perform three IMPOSSIBLE tasks in order to save herself and her family. It is certainly one of my favorite if not my favorite book of 2008.

Lindsey

Everybody already took all the good ones!...okay lemme look

The Modern Tales of Faerie by Holly Black (just started the series but they are so captivating)
The Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan (AMAZING! some of favorite books ever. indescribable)
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (who doesnt love a modern shakespeare faery tale?)
Wicked Lovely & Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr :) (duh)
Need by Carrie Jones (Pixies count, right? haha and perfect if you're in the mood for romance)

I think that's it with my faerie books.

Katherine

Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan, because how can anyone not love a spy story in an Elizabethan England with faeries? *g*

Elizabeth Bear's fae novels, I love fantasy with court intrigue

Any Charles de Lint, as one of the fathers of urban fantasy it is a must. I often hear The Blue Girl recommended as I good one to start with

I loved Storm Born by Richelle Mead and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Both have strong, sassy female protagonists.

I've heard both the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton and the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn recommended, but I can't vouch for those personally.

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