The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is one of my all-time favorites. Jude Duarte and her siblings were stolen by her mother’s ex-husband, after he murdered her parents. Being brought to Faerie land, she learns to adapt to her life despite how unfair it is to humans. Cardan Greenbriar, her furious classmate and faerie prince, sets out to destroy her dreams of knighthood. Jude Duarte soon gets wrapped into the political intrigue of the court and discovers something better and more dangerous than becoming a knight. Something that can lead to Cardan’s throat against a knife, and a future partnership
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is a companion book to Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series, this time following High King Cardan, one of the series’ more compelling characters. The timeline of this book spans from events before The Cruel Prince to events occurring after The Queen of Nothing, so it’s necessary to read all three books in the series in order to understand the events of this book (and avoid spoilers, of course).
Off the bat, this book stands apart from the rest of the series. Not quite hitting 200 pages, the book is significantly shorter than the main three
Evie’s life may not be normal, but she likes to think it is, even if she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her former boyfriend is a faerie, she can’t help but fall for an incarcerated shape-shifter, and she is the only one who can see through the glamours worn by paranormals. But when she learns that she is at the heart of an age-old prophecy that foretells the destruction of all paranormal creatures, she realizes her life may not be what she thought it was. So much for normal.
Paranormalcy has it all: romance, adventure, suspense. This book made me laugh out loud
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down
When Kit is mistaken for an infamous highwayman who happens to be his master, he is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders. Bound by magical law, he must complete his former master’s quest to rescue a fairy princess from an arranged marriage. His task is not easy, he must contend with the feisty princess, attacks by goblings, and a map that shows his destiny as a man hanged on the gallows.
What I really loved about this book was the secondary characters. They really did add to the story and made the already fun adventure a lot funnier. You cannot imagine how many times I burst into
Hazel lives in an out-of-the-way town where faeries are real. The locals know enough lore to stay safe and be respectful, so for the most part the magical creatures leave them alone. Not so much with the tourists, who come because of the stories and to see the horned boy who has been sleeping, unchanged, in a glass coffin in the forest for generations and who sometimes end up dead. So everyone knows the fae are not to be messed with; sometimes it can't be avoided, though. Hazel and her family have had faerie contact in the past that has shaped them in ways they keep secret--sometimes secret
Step into a world where princesses fight witches and knights battle dragons and prepare to become enchanted with the wonderful Pennyroyal Academy.
M.A. Larson creates a truly imaginative world of cadets in training to become princesses and knights who will ultimately rid the world of evil. If you think princesses are just beautiful girls living in castles, then think again. The cadets have to battle each other in obstacle courses and training exercises, jump from towers onto the horsebacks of their heroes, and learn to find confidence and compassion within themselves when faced with evil
For those readers who enjoyed P.C. Cast’s House of Night series here’s another young adult paranormal series by C. C. Hunter which is set at the Shadow Falls Camp/school. At Shadow Falls all kinds of paranormals, not just vampires, learn not only about themselves and their unique talents and abilities but also about how they can learn to live among the human population. Shadow Falls also fosters understanding between the different paranormal species in an effort to foster good will and peace within the paranormal community.
Kylie Galen finds herself at Shadow Falls without any clue as to
In this sequel to Wings, author Aprilynne Pike further leads you into the world of Avalon and the life of its fairies. At the beginning of the story, teenage fairy, Laurel, who was raised with human parents, receives a letter requesting her presence at the Academy of Avalon. Her experiences at the Academy and in Avalon with her fairy friend, Tam start to make her wonder if she belongs there instead of in the human realm with her parents and boyfriend, David. Add in the threat of trolls and some mysterious supernatural human hunters and you have a very enjoyable sequel full of conflict, romance
Imagine if you’ve spent your whole life seeing, but pretending not to see, an entire race of creatures no one else knows about. Well, that’s the predicament that faces a high school girl being raised by her grandmother. Aislinn, like her mother and grandmother possesses “the sight”. The ability to see the fairy realm and all of its creatures that walk amongst the mortals of the world. In order to stay safe, Aislinn has been raised to obey 3 rules: 1) don’t ever attract their attention; 2) don’t speak to invisible fairies; 3) don’t stare at invisible fairies. Until recently, the rules have been