The best books to indulge your love of Fae

Who am I?

I dreamed of being a fairy tale princess at a young age, and although I never received my glass slipper, I still have a highly active imagination. This is probably why fantasy books are my favorite, and I’ve read extensively in this space. I’m also a huge Disney and Harry Potter nerd. While I might not win a trivia competition on these topics, I could definitely hold my own. To be honest, immersing myself in another world is my favorite form of escapism and the number one way I relax and unwind after work. I’ve read many, many books in my life and can quickly tell you the ones I love the best.

I wrote...

Never Forgotten

By Kelly Risser,

Book cover of Never Forgotten

What is my book about?

Meara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there's a secret being kept from her and knowing it's a life-changer. 

After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, she embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is... but what she is.

The books I picked & why

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The Wicked King

By Holly Black,

Book cover of The Wicked King

Why this book?

Holly Black is the queen of fairy tales, but not the happily ever after kind. The world building is lush, from the exotic fruits, foreign, but gorgeously detailed landscapes and lush parties with Fae royalty to the variety of magical creatures: Beautiful women with horns and cloven feet, princes with tails and kissable lips, and humans who find themselves immersed in the Fae games, which could very well result in life or death.

I could choose many of her books, but Wicked King is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s the last book in a trilogy, and sometimes that is a letdown. Not true here. There is tension, passion, intrigue, and nonstop action all the way to the end, which I won’t spoil for you, but I will say left me completely satisfied.

Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs,

Book cover of Moon Called

Why this book?

Moon Called is the first book in the Mercedes Thompson series. Mercedes, or Mercy to her friends, is a shape shifter who takes the form of a coyote. She was raised by a pack of werewolves, but she’s also an auto mechanic who works for a powerful Fae lord. She is a sarcastic, kick-butt, and take-no-nonsense heroine who manages to get herself in trouble quite often, but just as quickly and scrappily fights her way out of it. She is one of the most confident females I have ever read in fantasy, and she makes me laugh out loud constantly. Overall, this is my favorite urban fantasy series of all time, and the series is going strong with book thirteen coming out in August 2022.

Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

By Laurell K. Hamilton,

Book cover of Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

Why this book?

Before I read this book, I’d never heard of a necromancer, or someone who could raise the dead. In this alternate reality, Anita Blake is a necromancer who lives in St. Louis and raises the dead mostly to finish unsettled business. What a fascinating idea! Imagine if you could ask your grandmother what happened to a lost family heirloom, or settle a legal dispute that would otherwise go unsolved? 

As you can imagine, someone who can control the dead would not be beloved by the undead, and there are plenty of vampires in this world, as well as werewolves, shifters, and other magical folks. The series gets grittier and becomes quite erotic as it goes on, but the first few books are some of my favorites.

Daughter of the Pirate King

By Tricia Levenseller,

Book cover of Daughter of the Pirate King

Why this book?

This book can be described in one word: Fun. From a ship crewed by female pirates to a quest for treasure, it has all the witty dialogue and adventure to match the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but instead features a fierce, female captain named Alosa who has mad skills and a way of looking at the world that will make you laugh out loud and cheer her on. 

This is the first in a duology, so it’s also not too much of a commitment to read, unlike some longer series. Both books are equally fast-paced and enjoyable. If you’re like me, you’ll be ready to grab your pirate hat and strap on your sword by the end of this book.

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments #1

By Cassandra Clare,

Book cover of City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments #1

Why this book?

Oh, how I love my Shadowhunters and Downworlders! I’m definitely Team Jace, although I have a deep love of Magnus Bane, too. Cassandra Clare won my heart in this first installment in the Mortal Instruments series, starting with Clary, an ordinary girl who sees something unworldly at a dance club, which thrusts her into the world of humans with angel blood, vampires, werewolves, Fae, and other magical beings. The world building is gripping, the story grabbed me and I could not put the book down. You know a book is great when it was not only made into a movie but a television series as well. Cassandra has an almost cult following and it’s no wonder, her books are addictive and unforgettable.

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