Top 5 Wednesday #25: Fae, Elves, and Everything in Between

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Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic.

Today’s topic will be about books with our favorite paranormal creatures, and I choose elves! Most of the time, elves and fey are often confused; they are magical, immortal, and treacherous. In between those terms, lie several other mythical creatures such as pixie, trickster (no, not Loki), leperchauns. For the sake of simplicity, since these terms confuse me too sometimes, I decided to take them as one category and compile them in this post.

Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

I love love LOVE this series. I love how vivid the fey world are, I love how amazing Meghan as a character was (at least, in my teenage eyes, she was amazing), and of course… Ash and Puck! I love them! Up until now I’m still torn between the two of them. Ash is your typical cold with heart of gold love interest, while Puck is your funny best friend love interest. Other than the two of them, the fey weren’t really fleshed out, but I remember how terrifying Ash’s mother was.

Seriously, I’m in desperate need of a re-read for this series. Anyone up for a reread?

Need by Carrie Jones

I swear, Need is one of the most underrated series ever written. The cover is gorgeous, the setting (Maine) seems cozy and cold and make me want to move there, not to mention all the shapeshifters, ASTLEY, and of course, badass grandma Bettie! The pixie was this evil, flesh eating, blue avatar type, but they feel so real and just unique that I love them, especially the part where a pixie king must have a pixie queen in order for him (and his people) to survive. How cool is that??

LOTR by J.R.R Tolkien

We all fell in love with Legolas when Orlando Bloom brought that character to live. With his banter, perfect archery skill, anti gravity ability, and swoon worthy physique, he was definitely one of the highlight of the movie.

Or maybe it was just mid 00s Orlando Bloom being the highlight of every teenage girls life. I mean, Will Turner anyone?

Then, The Hobbit came out and we got a glimpse of Legolas’ father, and BAM. Legolas who??? Yep, I’m talking about the one and only, the sassy, paranoid, Thranduil.

But even without the two hottest father and son duo, the elves were pretty badass. I mean, Elrond? Arwen? GALADRIEL?? They all come in perfect hair, immortality, and has this magical aura around them. Other than their vagueness and their sometimes-distaste towards other race, what’s there not to love?

TMI by Cassandra Clare

The fair folk are rarely mentioned in TMI and TID series, yet they made quite an impression for me. I really like how unpredictable they are, especially the Seelie Queen, how even though they are rarely in the story, their presence is still there and they are a force to be calculated. I’d love to read more of them TDA, especially since I heard a seelie prince might be introduced sometime in the series!

The Unread

Tbh I haven’t read many fairies books since most of the YA paranormal market is saturated with vampires and werewolves. This is technically cheating, but those are my top 4 series, and now I’ll share to you some of fairies book that are high on my tbr list.

  • THEATRE ILLUMINATA by Lisa Mantchev // I don’t really understand what’s this book about, but apparently, in this book, the faeries lives are bound and ruled by a script book?? Idk I feel like I’m going in blind, but I definitely feel intrigued.
  • CIRQUE DES IMMORTELS by A. R Kahler // IMMORTAL FEY CIRCUS FEUD? SIGN ME UP.
  • WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr // This book was so popular few years ago, and I still can’t resist the temptation of reading this based on the beautiful covers alone. The synospis sounds like a typical YA paranormal book, but who knows, maybe it will surprise me.

What’s your favorite paranormal creatures?

tasya

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12 Replies to “Top 5 Wednesday #25: Fae, Elves, and Everything in Between”

  1. Funny you should mention the Iron Fey series – I feel like EVERYONE is talking about this series lately and…it’s making me want to read it badly ahah. I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂

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  2. The Iron Fey is one of my favorite series. I miss that world so much, and I love all Clare’s books. TDA is quickly winning me over, because the Blackthorns are so awesome.

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  3. TMI and TID were everything to me in my early teens, and it would have been amazing to have seen more of their fair folk in there because they seemed really interesting. I’ve heard we see more of them in TDA but I’m not sure if I will continue the Shadowhunter books to find out (so many books, too little time), but I hope you get to see more seelie in there!
    I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t read LOTR or The Hobbit. I do plan to one day but I’m worried my expectations will be set too high!
    Great post 😀

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