Posted by: Natalie Hatch | July 6, 2010

A Fistful of Faerie

I’ve had a hankering for faeries lately. Tales both dark and light, and have come up with a list of some of the best (so far). These are not the bedtime stories of yesteryear when I would curl up and dream of pretty butterfly wings attaching themselves to my back and whisking me away to an enchanted land of lollies and cake. Instead they explore the darker paths that the Fae have trod.

First up is “Glimmerglass” by Jenna Black. From her website: 

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

I did not stop with this story, I had to keep reading, which is a big deal in my house. It’s worth the read. I need the next story now, but will have to wait. I haven’t read any of Jenna’s other books so I’m going to have to go through her list and order them. Definitely a good writer.

The next book I pulled off the TBR pile was Lisa Manchev’s “Eyes Like Stars“. I saw the cover and fell in love. From the publisher:

All her world’s a stage

Enter Stage Right

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): Our heroine.
Nate: A dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie.
Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny, mischievous fairies, and Bertie’s loyal sidekicks.
Ariel: A seductive air spirit. Disaster follows in his wake, but Bertie simply cannot resist him.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. It’s the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there’s the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .
Now I must admit that I’d just read Glimmerglass and was still basking in the Fae glow, I delved into this book and got completely lost. It wasn’t until the third chapter that I realised that they were in a sort of half world called the Theatre. Once that kicked into my brain I could understand the storyline much better, but I would still venture to say that I liked Glimmerglass more.
Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series is wonderful and I’m waiting for the next book to be published, although I think she’s still editing it, subtle little “please  hurry up” shouted Melissa’s way.
Then we have Holly Black’s “Tithe” books, which are darker than Jenna’s and Lisa’s books, about on parr with Melissa’s. I enjoyed them and hope that she’ll bring another book out in the series soon.
My ultimate favourite faerie book is “Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book” by the wonderful Terry Jones.
This illustrated gem of a book just has the naughty child in me giggling. I can imagine someone collecting fairies like bugs and creating this type of book.
RJ Anderson’s “Knife” was a great read which we’ve shared before on this blog, still waiting for her next book “Rebel” to come out.
Cyn Balog’s “Fairy Tale” is another great book about the gilded ones.
Aprilynne Pikes “Wings” about a girl who sprouts wings, is another in the subgenre of Young Adult Fae tales. I’m sure there’s more coming out and I for one can’t wait.
What are your favourite faerie books?


  1. such a cool post 🙂

    I love the pressed faeries book too 🙂 And, I’m thinking I really should read glimmerglass 🙂

  2. Naomi, Glimmerglass was good, I did enjoy it, there were a few things that probably could have ratcheted up the pace, but it worked for me, can’t wait for the next book.

  3. So glad to hear you’re excited about my REBEL! It’s been out since January in the UK, March in AUS/NZ, and just came out in the US/Canada as WAYFARER.

    The third book, ARROW, will be released in the UK this coming January, and there’s to be a fourth book called SWIFT the year after that.

    In response to the rest of your post — I loved EYES LIKE STARS too (and enjoyed the sequel, PERCHANCE TO DREAM, which just came out a couple of months ago) and GLIMMERGLASS sounds exciting! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

  4. I just finished reading Holly Black’s A Modern Faerie Tale-series, which I loved.

    The worst fairy book I’ve ever read, on the other hand, was “The Good Fairies of New York”. Not to recommend to anyone. I don’t think it’s YA, though, because even me, who don’t back away from some swearing thought it was too much!

  5. RJ I thought it was an August release. I’ll have to order it in to my local Angus and Robertson bookstore. Can’t wait. I haven’t got to read Perchance to Dream yet. But Glimmerglass is a good read.
    Kaia I haven’t read “The Good Fairies of New York”, who’s the author?

  6. Hey all! Just back from tripping the ‘write’ fantastic.(Will post this in my blog next week..) however have been lurking when I can and couldn’t resist a comment on the Faeries. I will have to read Glimmerglass Nat and Eyes Like Stars also looks fantastic. However I have read a lot of Holly Black’s books and highly recommend .They were the first ‘contemporary’ faerie YA I read and I got them for my daughter who also loves them.

  7. Pretty! This was a really wonderful article.
    Many thanks for supplying these details.

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