In young adult fairy books, the genre is becoming more and more popular. It doesn’t matter if you call them “fairies” or “faeries.” Fans of young adult fairy books like Tithe are likely to have learned about the Good People through these books. Here are ten more YA fairy books for fans of Holly Black and her books.
YA Fairy Books for Fans of Holly Black
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
It turns out Meghan is not only the daughter of a Faery King, but she is also in the middle of a war filled with magic and danger. Her whole life changes. As a way to save the faery world and those who she cares about the most, she must perform magic of her own: turn hate into love and lessen the evil that poisons the world. To live in a home she hasn’t been to, Meghan learns things about herself she didn’t even know she had. She also finds out that some of the people close to her aren’t really friends.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
To keep Aislinn safe from tricksters and dangerous fairies, Aislinn holds on to three rules. When the Keenan, the Summer King, starts to keep an eye on Aislinn, the rules don’t apply. Keenan wants to bring her back to his court to save the summer. When she meets someone new, Aislinn isn’t ready to leave the life she’s always known, especially for someone who she can’t seem to get her hands on. She has to make a decision now that will change her life for the rest of her life.
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
As wings-like petals grow from her back, Laurel sees a whole new world. This is the world where she truly fits in. A fairy isn’t just someone who isn’t a person. Soon, Laurel finds herself in the middle of a love triangle. The other two points are the human world she’s always known and the fairy world, which, even though it’s new, feels like breathing. There are two worlds that Laurel can’t stay in. She has to choose a path, even though her whole identity is at risk.
Ash by Malinda Lo
Retelling Cinderella, Ash is a girl who lives with her cruel stepmother. As soon as she meets Sidhean, she falls in love with him because of his dark and seductive fae ways. Then she meets Kaisa, a royal huntress who has different ideas about fairies but is still alluring. It’s time for Ash to choose between living a life of magic, or living a life that is meant to be with someone she loves.
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Music is Deirdre’s whole life. At least until she learns that she can see faeries. At some point, Deirdre gets caught in the middle of an assassin and soldier feud, both of whom are attractive in their own ways. The situation is stressful for Deidre even though she wants some excitement. Her friend James is also a part of the story, which makes her feel even more overwhelmed. Nothing good comes from war, and Deidre might be the worst enemy of them all.
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
Finally, Dana has made a decision to go to Avalon to find her father. Avalon is a place where the real world meets the world of fairy tales. As she learns that she can move between these two worlds, Dana also learns that she’s the only one who can bring parts of both worlds together. Killers are now after Dana because they know how valuable she is. It looks like everyone has something to gain or lose with her help. Now that Dana is in the middle of two worlds, she has to decide who to trust as conflict grows.
Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow
She’s going to be married to Kian, the Winter Prince of Feyland. Breena has always dreamed of a world that seems just out of her reach. Until it’s not. When she turns 16, she can see fairies for the first time, and Kian has come to get her. Breena is slowly learning that a trip to Feyland and the kiss of a fairy could kill her. Her friend, Logan, is holding her even tighter.
The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling
Long-planned trip across Ireland brings cousins Gwen and Finnabhair together. The trip is cut short when Finn is kidnapped by the King of Faerie, who wants to keep him away from Gwen. This may be the last time Gwen sees Finnabhair. The King wants more than just a wife; he also wants a sacrifice, so this may be the last time. Now that her cousin is in danger, Gwen must travel through Faerie and face dangers that are out of this world in order to save Finn.
Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder
Serena and Meteora, two sisters, are brave enough to defy the Fairy Queen. Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder work together to tell the story of the sisters. Pair play a joke that goes too far, and they are left alone in the real world. They make friends as they settle into their new lives, but there’s something wrong. Slowly, the two start to wonder what the Queen’s real reason for banishing them was. It might have been to save the Fairy kingdom after all.
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
There are stories in The Faery Reel about faeries from around the world, like one about changelings by Delia Sherman, one about an awful marriage by Hiromi Goto, and one from Holly Black herself. It’s a great way to get a taste of the many different ways people around the world think about fairies, faeries, or any other word you might use to spell them!