Forget vampires. Forget werewolves. Forget vengeful, Greek Gods. What’s attacking bookshelves around the country? Faeries! And we aren’t talking about Tinkerbelle! Below you will find a slew of current, YA novels focused on the world of Faeries. While I would never claim myself a typical fan of faerie or mystical lore, I found these stories to be rather enjoyable. So, if you are a faerie freak, or willing to give something new a try, these stories might tickle your fancy.
Synopsis: Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child’s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won’t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents beside her. And she has Zach, whose strength amazes her more each day. Do they have enough love and resolve to overcome an age-old evil? (Source: http://www.nancywerlin.com/impossible.htm)
Verdict: Perhaps the most serious of all the mentioned faerie narratives in this posting, Impossible touches the reader’s heart, and creates a very likable female character. This is a story about female strength in the face of adversity more than a story about winged-creatures.
Trailer for Impossible
Synopsis: Deirdre, a gifted musician, finds herself infatuated with Luke, a mysterious boy who enters her life, at the same time she discovers she’s a Cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Trouble is, Luke is a faerie assassin—and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. (Source – http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/novels.php).
Verdict: Fans of Maggie’s wildly, popular novel, Shiver will LOVE this novel. In fact, I think I might have liked it a tad more than her story of werewolf love. Lament is a story filled with wonderful, quirky dialogue, likable characters, and a doomed love that will leave the reader wanting more. And there is more….a sequel entitled Ballad. But Lament fans should be warned, Ballad is told from a different character’s pov, and our favorite characters from Lament show up little in the sequel. It took half of Ballad before I could deal with this fact, and enjoy Ballad for what it was. I can only hope there will be another in the series….
Trailer for Ballad
Make sure to check back this weekend for Part 2 of our look at YA novels featuring Faeries.