I’m still trying to fill the void left when the Disney Fairies franchise basically shut down all possible movies in the future. While I still have hope that one day that will change, I have started to turn to more books to give me the same vibes as some of my favorite characters. So, as I did with the Disney Princesses, I have book recommendations from some of the fairies from Pixie Hollow.
There will be some classics, some fantasy, some science-fiction, and some contemporary stories. So regardless of which fairy you prefer, you’re bound to find your next favorite novel.
Dewey: ‘Winter’s Orbit’ by Everina Maxwell
While Dewey is one of the two winter fairies on this list, I couldn’t bring myself to get him a novel set in a snowy world. But the book does mention “winter.” If your favorite character is Dewey, I think you’ll love Winter’s Orbit. It’s like a deadlier tale of what Dewey saw in Secret of the Wings.
The Iskat Empire has been able to survive for a long time in peaceful alliances with other nations and planets. But when things go awry when the royal prince dies and his widower is suspected, it’s up to an unlikely pairing to solve the murder.
Fairy Gary: ‘The Goblin Emperor’ by Katherine Addison
I don’t have any reason to recommend this book other than I think Fairy Gary would enjoy the story. Going along with that thought, fans of Fairy Gary would also like the book. So, Fairy Gary fans, you should read The Goblin Emperor!
Maia, the fourth son in line for the throne, has lived his entire life out of the court. But when the rest of his family dies, he’s taken straight to the throne. Maia must navigate life as a royal now, and dark secrets and conspiracies are around every corner.
Fairy Mary: ‘A Deadly Education’ by Naomi Novik
Fairy Mary is very much a by-the-book type of character – but she seems like the type to be scrappy in a fight. I think she’d have done well at the school in A Deadly Education. While the main character isn’t like Fairy Mary, I do believe they would have done many of the same things if they swapped places.
El is the first student to unlock the secrets of the Scholomance. At the magical school, if you fail, you have no chance of surviving. Despite not having allies, she will be the only one strong enough on her own to make it out alive – even if it means others might die because of her powers.
Queen Clarion: ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Kristen Ashley
Her name literally includes “queen,” so I couldn’t resist. Wildest Dreams follows the ups and downs of royal life when it’s flipped upside down. And because we know about her own love life, this novel is perfect for fans of that side of Queen Clarion in the movies.
Finnie has always lived life to the fullest. So, when she finds out about a magical parallel world, she jumps at the chance to visit. But what started as a short visit turned into a betrothal to The Drakkar. It’s a dangerous union, but she’s ready to plunge headfirst if it means fulfilling her dreams of adventure.
Bobble: ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline
Bobble and Clank are the “nerds” of the fairy group, so I thought it fitting to give them some classic science-fiction novels. When it comes to Bobble, I personally think he would have fit perfectly in Ready Player One because while he’s nerdy, he’s also willing to go into danger for his friends.
The OASIS is where everything is perfect, and nobody has to remember the real world is horrible. But things are as picture-perfect when a new puzzle is quite literally “to die for.” Wade goes on an adventure to solve the puzzle just to make it out of the OASIS alive.
Clank: ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card
Much like with Bobble, I decided to focus on science-fiction because they are the brainy boys of the group of fairies. However, I couldn’t choose the same book for both, so for Clank fans, you get another classic sci-fi: Ender’s Game.
What Ender thinks is just a game turns out to be an actual war he didn’t know he was leading. Ender needs to find a way to succeed without losing his soul while his siblings fight to secure a future for Earth.
Nyx: ‘The High Republic: Light of the Jedi’ by Charles Soule
This might be way out of the left-field, but for Nyx, I immediately thought of a character from The High Republic novels from Star Wars. Avar Kriss (who shows up in other The High Republic books as well) and Nyx are essentially the same character in different fonts.
Two centuries before The Phantom Menace, Light of the Jedi follows the beginning of the Jedi’s struggle with the Nihil. This novel follows Avar as she and other Jedi must face a new battle after years of peace. But the Force isn’t just strong with the Jedi – there are new threats every step of the way.
Periwinkle: ‘Wintersong’ by S. Jae-Jones
Because Periwinkle is a winter fairy and spends her entire life in snowy temperatures, I couldn’t help but recommend fans of her Wintersong. Periwinkle kind of reminds me of the main character, Liesl because she would also do anything to help her sister.
Liesl has always heard tales of the Goblin King taking brides on the last day of the year. So when Liesl’s own dreams of the king take hold, she doesn’t hesitate to save her sister from him. Will she be able to save her sister and herself, or will ancient rules win out yet again?
Terence: ‘Warm Bodies’ by Isaac Marion
Terence would do anything for Tinker Bell – even travel across Neverland to help her fix something precious. So, I knew what I had to do. Terence and R are similar in their motivations, so fans of Terence would love Warm Bodies.
This book is a zombie apocalypse Romeo and Juliet. R meets Julie and immediately falls in love with her. As he eats her ex’s brain, he falls even more madly in love. But he’s not the only one falling. And their love is the only thing that can save the human race and bring an end to the apocalypse.
Zarina: ‘Daughter of the Pirate King’ by Tricia Levenseller
Zarina is literally the pirate fairy, so I wouldn’t dare think to recommend any other book than Daughter of the Pirate King. Honestly, even if you don’t like this book, just pick up any pirate-centric novel, and you’ve got Zarina back in your life.
Alosa will do anything to see her mission succeed. After allowing herself to get caught and underestimated, Alosa’s plan is put in motion. She will search top to bottom of the ship for an ancient map. There’s only one problem, and his name is Riden.
Vidia: ‘Mortal Engines’ by Philip Reeve
When Vidia was first introduced in the movies, she was basically the main antagonist. And while she did grow to be part of the main group of fairies, she still has that antihero edge to her. So, Mortal Engines is perfect for Vidia fans.
Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines is what Vidia could have been if Disney Fairies was darker in tone. In Mortal Engines, she’s the reason Tom starts to doubt Thaddeus Valentine, famous architect and Head Historian. If it weren’t for her, London itself would’ve stayed in the dark forever.
Rosetta: ‘Wild Beauty’ by Anna-Marie McLemore
I wish there was an A Court of Thorns and Roses book following Elaine because Rosetta is basically a more interesting Elaine. But, since that isn’t here yet, I’m settling for Wild Beauty. If Rosetta was a character in this book, she’d do everything the protagonist did.
Estrella and her family have a unique power over plants and nature. But no gift comes without a price – anyone Estrella’s family falls in love with disappears. So, after one last disappearance, the key to breaking the vanishing curse quite literally just shows up one day.
Iridessa: ‘The Sound of Stars’ by Alechia Dow
When it came to Iridessa’s recommendation, I wanted to make sure the protagonist was also a woman of color. That’s how I came across The Sound of Stars. When I read this book, I loved the main character just as much as I loved Iridessa in the movies.
After Ilori invaded Earth and banned art, music, and books, Ellie has compiled a collection of just that. When M0Rr1S discovers it, he breaks his own code and falls in love with music – and the girl who introduced it to him. After the discovery, it’s up to them to bring art back to the people of Earth.
Silvermist: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han
Silvermist was voiced by Lucy Liu, so when coming up with a recommendation for this fairy, I wanted a book that followed an Asian protagonist. And that’s when I realized Silvermist and Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before have similar personalities. (If you’ve already read this trilogy, a close second is Han’s other trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty.)
Lara Jean has written love letters to every boy she has ever loved – but she never sent them. But one day, they manage to find the way to the addressee. What follows is a bit chaotic, but at least Lara Jean can thank her younger sister Kitty for pushing her out of her comfort zone and helping her find true love.
Fawn: ‘Nightshade’ by Andrea Cremer
For some reason, when I think of Fawn, werewolves pop into my mind. I have absolutely no reason for that other than if Fawn was a supernatural creature, she’d be a werewolf. I chose Nightshade because the protagonist of the trilogy reminded me a lot of Fawn in a way when I was reading.
Nightshade follows Calla as she is exiled from her destiny as the Alpha’s mate when she saves a human. Throughout her exile, she comes to realize the world she knew isn’t as perfect as she thought it was. Calla’s self-discovery journey reminds me of Fawn’s in Legend of the Never Beast.
Tinker Bell: ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott
You can’t look at Tinker Bell in the movies and not see the resemblance she has to Jo from Little Women. Tink and Jo have such similar personalities; it’s like Disney based the fairy on the book character. So, if your favorite fairy is Tinker Bell, you’re bound to love this classic.
Little Women follows the four March sisters (Amy, Beth, Jo, and Meg) as they grow up during the Civil War. Each sister has their own distinct personality and struggles, but Jo’s are the most analyzed. She isn’t like her sisters and wants more than just becoming a wife. She wants to follow her dreams of becoming a writer against all odds.