If you like Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier
You were looking for books with a mix of fantasy, history, and faeries in a modern or realistic setting. I really enjoy these types of books, too, so several titles jumped right to mind. I wasn’t sure if you were still in high school or not, but these are all young adult books for older readers. I think you’ll find them as enjoyable as Wildwood Dancing!
1. Ink Exchange, by Melissa Marr .
Seventeen-year-old Leslie wants a tattoo as a way of reclaiming control of herself and her body, but the eerie image she selects pulls her into the dangerous Dark Court of the faeries, where she draws on inner strength to make a horrible choice. (You would also like Wicked Lovely, which precedes this book, but doesn’t have to be read first).
2. Wondrous Strange, by Leslie Livingston .
When seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, she discovers he is a changeling who guards the gate between the faerie Otherworld and the mortal realm, and also that her mother had otherworldly powers that she has passed on to Kelley. (This is a fabulous new book that blends the “hidden” fey world and the modern world of New York City in an incredible way!)
3. Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale.
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. (This is an amazing retelling of an obscure Grimm Brothers’ tale. You’ll love the medieval Mongolia setting!)
4. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore .
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. (You will absolutely love the main character, Katsa, who sounds similar to the protagonist in Wildwood Dancing! This is a very popular book among teens and young adult readers. Another great book by this author is Fire.)
5. Beastly, by Alex Finn .
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
6. Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, by Maggie Stiefvater .
On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world. (Another magnificent combination of fey and modern setting! Even better, is the sequel (they’re part of a trilogy), Ballad).
7. Tithe, by Holly Black .
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces her back to her childhood home. There, against the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms. (Anything by this author would probably be enticing!)