Hello, my lovelies. Did you know that 24th June is International Fairy Day? No? Well, let me bring a little magic into your life, share some of my favourite books featuring faeries and wonderful inspired fairy goodies.
For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture, captured in myth and folklore for generations. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nóg,” the land of eternal youth. Humans don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, however, the veil is thin at twilight and during seasonal pagan festivals such as Beltane (1st May), Midsummer’s Eve (20th June), or Samhain (31st October).
The belief in fairies never went away, seeing a substantial resurgence in the 1900s. For example, in 1904 J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, and when explaining how fairies came into being wrote that,
“when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies.“
Then in 1917, two young cousins in the north of England, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith took five photographs that shocked the world. They had captured images of dancing fairies. The Cottingley Fairies pictures have since been debunked as fakes, but for decades they were cited as proof that fairies could be found in Cottingley, near Bradford in England.
Like most children, I often went for walks in my local countryside looking for signs of fairies but I only learned about this special themed day myself earlier this year. As a reader of fantasy and paranormal romances, I’m a bit embarrassed that International Fairy Day isn’t already on my blogging calendar. Rest assured, it will be from now on. 😉
But, I expect you’re asking…
How did INTERNATIONAL FAIRY DAY begin?
International Fairy Day was reputedly started by American artist Jessica Galbreth, to honour the fairies and all other mythological creatures of folklore. Although her artistic muse led her in a more angelic direction since 2010, International Fairy Day is still celebrated on 24th June by fae fans around the world. 🙂
So, today is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. To relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Why not read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!
My favourite reads for International Fairy Day 2021
Now, as a reader of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, the fae feature prominently on my shelves. Therefore, I’ve got some great books and series to recommend.
Let’s start with my favourite adult paranormal romance author – Felicity Heaton.
Series: Eternal Mates #1
Published by Self-Published on 2013
No. of Pages: 212
A dark prince from Hell. A mortal scientist from the world's leading demon-hunting organisation.
One bite will change their lives forever in his heart-stopping passionate paranormal romance.
Olivia thinks it's her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He's her shot at redemption. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for...
Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him or the need that surges through him, stirred by the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.
One single bite reveals she is his fated mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is completed... or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.
Will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire, giving up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others--his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince's kiss?
Kissed By A Dark Prince is the first book in Felicity’s Eternal Mates series. The dark prince in question is a handsome elf prince who quickly stole my heart. If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters you won’t be able to put down the addictive Eternal Mates series. A collection of fated mate romances packed with dark elves, vampires, shifters, demons, angels, witches and fae in a huge detailed world that will leave you breathless! Each book is a self-contained HEA romance.
My next recommendation is a book that gets mixed reviews. But I LOVED it!
It’s another adult paranormal romance, this time by Amelia Hutchins.
Series: The Fae Chronicles #1
Published by Self-Published on 2 June, 2013
No. of Pages: 452
Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.
Couple of problems in the way - I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He's a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh - did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae...every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can't trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface - not even me.
Fighting Destiny is the first book in Amelia’s The Fae Chronicles. Be warned, the fairies in this book are as far from Tinkerbell as you can get! Amelia had me hating the fae characters in this book, passionately, before showing me a glimmer of hope. Damn her. 😉
Next I recommend reading the first novella in the Reaper series by Donna Grant.
Series: Reaper #1
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on 17 November, 2015
No. of Pages: 150
Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...
My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.
Donna’s Reaper series is a spin-off from her Dragon shifter paranormal romance series, Dark Kings. The Reapers are Fae who work for Death collecting the souls of the fae. Donna has created two types of fae in this series, The Light and The Dark. But don’t think this is in any way Disney-esque. I’ve been drawn into this world where things are not what they seem.
Cecy Robson was a new-to-me author when I read my next fairy recommendation.
Series: Death Seeker #1
on 24 September, 2019
No. of Pages: 382
Fae was once a flourishing paradise. Until Death turned greedy and destroyed it, targeting the creatures who inhabited it. Those who survived escaped to Earth’s realm, but Death wasn’t far behind . . .
Olivia Finn is just another pixie trying to blend in among humans and hide from the death hounds who devoured her family. Clinging to the talisman that keeps her veiled from those who hunt her, she believes she is safe. . .. Until Death finds her and discovers she’s immune to its grip.
Now that Olivia’s power is unearthed, she is sought by Fae who see her as their savior and stalked by dark entities compelled to destroy her. Can she trust the King of the Dead who has sworn to train and protect her? Or should she obey her instincts that warn he desires more?
Olivia can no longer hide from Death. To survive, she must seek it.
Unearthed is the first book in Cecy’s Death Seeker series. Unearthed didn’t take the course I was expecting – I thought a story about a pixie would be a light-hearted humorous cosy paranormal mystery, it’s not. There is some humour, but there’s also a lot of darkness, fear, terror and adult themes in this tale.
If you’re looking for cosy, look no further than Kristen Painter.
Series: Jayne Frost #1
Published by Sugar Skull Books on 2016
No. of Pages: 319
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now ... private investigator. Sort of.
Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa's Workshop toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits.
The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger. Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?
Kristen is another author on my favourite list. Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case is the first book in her cozy paranormal mystery series, Jayne Frost. There’s absolutely no offensive content in this book – language, violence or sex. Therefore it’s the perfect recommendation for lovers of charming, paranormal mystery tales who enjoy a sprinkling of humour and a bit of romance with a happy ever after ending. 🙂
Have you already read any of these book? Which fairy-themed title would be on your recommended reads? Drop me a comment below and we can exchage notes and grow our TBR piles! 😉
bookworm book dragon, I love looking at all the fabulous bookish goodies there are out there. I had lots of fun browsing through all the fairy-themed goodies on Etsy. Here are some of my favourites:
Flora’s Favourite Fae Goodies ~ Perfect for International Fairy Day 2021
- Glow in the Dark Fairydust Bookmark from BijouxMalou
- Glow in the Dark Peeking Fairy Book Bag from MelvisMakes
- Arthur Rackham Midsummer’s Night Illustrations Set of 8 Art Prints from PrintcessArtPrints
- Tarot Of The Hidden Realm from StonemaidenArt
- The Fairytale Collection Grimm’s Fairytale Inspired Soy Wax Candles from ReadingRoomCandleCo
Mini-Flora’s Favourite Fairy Manga
Every time we pop into town, she makes a beeline to Waterstones to check out the manga section. 😉 Fairy Tail was the first series she got into (in a BIG way!) She loves it and not only reads the manga but watches the anime too – in Japanese!
Thanks for visiting Flora’s Musings and celebrating International Fairy Day 2021 with me. I had lots of fun writing this post (and browsing Etsy 😉 ) and will definitely write another post next year!
Many of my favourite authors write fantastic stories about the fae. Before you go, check out if YOUR favourite author one of my favourites. 😉
Bye for now,