Friday, February 13, 2009

I Love A Good Fairy Story

I was very excited yesterday when I got Knife by R J Anderson in the post. It's a story about a slowly dying-out group of faery's living in an oak tree and all the adventures they get up to. The cover pictured is incredibly awesome, I'm not sure what the technical term for it is but the cover looks like a dark blue colour but when the light hits it shines like a rainbow. Metallic-ish. WAY AWESOME!

Knife is actually the UK, Australian and New Zealand marketing for the book. In the US it's being published as Faery Rebels: Spellhunter. Heaps different marketing, I prefer the UK cover to the US cover. They seemed to be geared towards different audiences.

SERIOUSLY - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 'FAIRY' AND A 'FAERY'?! Somebody tell me! Other than the spelling of course. Is there one?! Knife is about faerys. The next three books are about fairies :)

I love a good fairy story. I thought I'd mention a few young adult books with fairies in them. They're incredibly different books, though. First there's How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier is set in a place where everyone has their own personal fairy. And the main character - you guessed it - tries to ditch their fairy!

Then there's Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, about the boy genius, Artemis, who sets out to capture a fairy and hold her ransom for the legendary fairy gold. However, his feisty mark, Holly, turns out to be a member of the "LEPrecon, an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police," so a wisecracking team of satyrs, trolls, dwarfs and fellow fairies set out to rescue her.

And then, my favourite, Francesca'a Lia Block's I Was A Teenage Fairy. From Amazon: "In a postmodern fairy tale, a teen model's friendship with a fairy helps her overcome abuse." It's very good :)

What's a good story with fairies in it that you like? Or faerys lol.


  1. I'm reading knife right now and it is amazing. I would also love to know why fairy is spelled 10,000 different ways. The U.K. cover is amazing!

  2. AH so that's what Faery Rebels is - the US version of Knife! I'm in the UK, and had no idea it was published under different titles. Thanks for explaining that!

    Oh, and I hate the US cover. Eurgh.

  3. Yeah I was confused at first too. I kept seeing Faery Rebels mentioned on people's blogs and then... it clicked. Hehe :)

  4. The UK cover of Knife sounds beautiful. I think I'll have to special order a copy just for the rainbow effect! :)

  5. This is a great post. :) These all seem like pretty good titles. That one by Francesca Lia Block sounds especially good. I'm going to have to check them out.

  6. The difference is faerie is the traditional spelling, like from the legends that started it, and fairy is the modern-er one. Usually, faerie now means something darker, more devious, and fairy is... tinkerbell.

  7. inr-ainbows: Yes, read the Francesca Lia Block one!!!!

    Laina - thanks for explaining it to me :) That does make quite a lot of sense really!

  8. I need to read more books about fairies. I definitely don't read much of them. But I do know anything by Brian Froud is the holy grail of fairies.

  9. You forgot the Wicked Lovely series (which is pretty damn awesome by the way :D ). You're lucky, Knife looks really, really cool! I do prefer the U.K version though.

  10. I love Tithe and Ironside by Holly Black and as Just Listen said, the Wicked Lovely series. After all, who doesn't love faeries?

  11. I nearly bought this today - kept picking it up and putting it down- after reading this I wish I had bought it now. Still waiting on Tithe to read. Hrrumph!

  12. Sounds exciting...i think i will give it a read.

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