Some Kind of Fairy Tale

By Graham Joyce

Personal notes:  I may have found a new favorite author with this book.  I loved the gritty feel that this story has – the feel of this story is how I picture Tara’s description of viewing this reality after being away.  I loved the characters – especially Ritchie.  (Who doesn’t love a musician?)  I also loved reading the various characters’ perspectives.  And I do still wonder who the narrator of the story is.  I also loved how Jack’s learning story is deeply embedded within the larger story and how nothing is explained.  How can one truly explain the other?  Let’s just leave it at not allowing strangers to pick cherry blossoms from one’s trees. Continue reading

Dead and Gone

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, faerie tale, paranormal, paranormal mystery, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 9

ISBN: 9780441017157

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 312

Setting: Bon Temps, LA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Werewolves and shifters have finally come out to the rest of the world about their existence, which sparks fear and violence in various parts of the world – including Bon Temps, where a werepanther is found crucified in the parking lot at Merlotte’s.  Meanwhile, trouble brews amongst the fae, which has significant repercussions for Sookie. Continue reading

Bones of Faerie

By Janni Lee Simner

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Random House, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, dark fantasy, faerie tale, dystopian

Series: A sequel – Faerie Winter – is due to be published in April, 2011

ISBN: 9780375845635

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 247

Setting: St. Louis, Missouri area

Time period: About twenty years in the future

Plot summary: Many years after the war between humans and Faerie has ended, humans are still wary of any kind of magic.  Everyone knows that magic is evil – at least that’s what fifteen year old Liza has been taught.  This is why when Liza’s sister was born with Faerie clear hair, she was left on a hillside to die; shortly after this, Liza’s mother disappeared.  When Liza starts having magical visions she must leave her village immediately, or risk putting herself at great harm.  Unfortunately, there is no place safe for Liza to go, for magic lurks everywhere. Continue reading

Kin

By Holly Black and Ted Naifeh (Illustrator)

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Graphix, c2008, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, faerie tale

Format: Graphic novel

Series: The Good Neighbors; 1

ISBN: 9780439855655

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 117

Setting: West City (USA)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Rue Silver’s mom disappears after an argument with Rue’s father, Rue tries not to worry.  She’ll come back.  Where else does she have to go?  But after three weeks of no sight of her mom, Rue’s resolve is starting to slip.  Plus, Rue’s father hasn’t been to work since then and Rue has begun to see strange things and strange people.  When Rue’s father is taken by the police for questioning in a murder, Rue starts to question what she knows about her mother and where she came from. Continue reading

Nevernever

by Will Shetterly

Place: Publisher & Year: Orlando: Magic Carpet Books, 2004

Genres: Fantasy, faerie tale, punk fantasy, urban fantasy

Series: Sequel to Elsewhere, part of the Borderlands series edited by Terri Windling

ISBN: 9780152052102

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 226

Setting: Bordertown- the city which acts as a gateway between the realms of Faerie and the World

Time period: Present day

Plot summary: When Ron was cursed by an elf named Leda, he gained a new identity- Wolfboy, aka Lobo.  For the most part, it’s much cooler than his older identities as Just Ron or Gone, except that his vocal chords have changed and he can no longer talk.  This makes it difficult to explain to elves, halfies, and humans alike that he has no wish to harm them and he is only laughing, not growling.  But at least he can still write and his new heightened senses give him greater chances of success in keeping his friends safe from the powerful forces of Elfland which seek to cause strife in Bordertown. Continue reading

Stardust

By Neil Gaiman

Place: Publisher, Year: New York : Spike, 1999

Genres: Fantasy, faerie tale

ISBN: 0061142026

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 238

Setting: Wall, England and Faerieland

Time  period: Victorian era

Plot summary: Tristan Thorn begins his adventure through Faerieland with a promise to Victoria Forester, the young woman he wishes to marry.  He promises to bring her the fallen star she witnesses as he attempts to charm a kiss from her.  To fulfill his promise, he must cross the stone barrier in his village of Wall and cross into unknown lands, where magic is common.  He has many adventures and learns many things, including his heart’s desire, which turns out to be quite different than what he imagined at the start of his journey. Continue reading