Fairy tales have always held a special place in my heart, and judging from the amount of fairy tale retellings I just pulled off my shelves, I’m not the only one! I love new spins on classic tales and so I am sharing my favorites with you! Or, you know, all of them…I apologize for the following post. I couldn’t narrow them down. So sorry.
Quick note, since Beauty and the Beast is coming out in ELEVEN DAYS I’m saving all of my Beauty and the Beast retellings for another time. I will also have another post on film retellings.
I figured it easiest to group them by their base fairy tales.
A princess persecuted by her stepmother runs away and finds herself hiding with seven dwarves. But because of her beauty, the evil queen still pursues her, poison apple in hand.
Snow (Once Upon a Time Series) by Tracy Lynn
Snow is the daughter of a duke with a cruel stepmother devoted to dark magic. When she can’t take anymore, she runs away and ends up with a group of thieves that aren’t quite human. Love this book.
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
This is a sci-fi retelling where the dwarves are robots and Snow White is a brave independent girl determined to save her planet. Very good, though gets a bit political.
A beautiful girl reviled by her stepmother and stepsisters, forced to live as a servant, sneaks into the royal ball and captures the heart of the prince. Forced to run, she leaves behind a slipper and the prince uses it to search for her.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a cyborg and therefore a lower class citizen. Chance brings her into the life of Prince Kai just as the planet teeter’s on the verge of war with the Lunar people. And Cinder with her mysterious past just may be the key to victory. Love it, but does have a cliffhanger.
Before Midnight (Once Upon a Time Series) by Cameron Dokey
Raised as a servant because her father cannot stand the sight of her, La Cendrillon grows up alongside Raoul, a boy with a mysterious past. A not so evil stepfamily and a royal ball change their fates and their relationship. Not my favorite, can barely remember it, but a quick read.
Shadows of the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Suzume is a shadow weaver, able to use shadows to form illusions. Instead of a stepmother, she has as an evil stepfather. When she learns the truth of her father’s death, she sets out on a path of revenge against her stepfather. It takes her from drudge to courtesan and into the life of Otieno, another shadow weaver who sees her no matter her illusion. Beautiful and sad but with a perfect ending.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Ella has a spell on her: she must always obey any order given to her. Despite her forced obedience, she is fiery and independent, determined to make her own choices. Quick fun read with great characters.
Red Riding Hood
A girl travels through the forest to visit her grandmother and encounters a chatty wolf.
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet is searching for her grandmother and Wolf is helping, but he has secrets. Very good book, great romance, but also a slight cliffhanger.
The Scarlet Moon (Once Upon a Time Series) by Debbie Viguie`
Years ago, Ruth was attacked by a wolf. Now grown up, she meets a young noble on her way to visit her grandmother. William has a secret, a dark curse that may keep him and Ruth apart. Great short book.
The Swan Maiden
Seven brothers have been turned into swans and their sister has to save them. She weaves a spell of silence and stinging nettles to save them, even at risk to her own life.
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
Another sci-fi retelling, this time of a girl forced to flee to another planet, her brothers trapped in wormhole like conduits. A chip in her throat keeps Liddi silent as she searches for a way to save her brothers and the planet she is coming to love. Great book and a beautiful story.
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Alexandra’s father has just come home with s new wife, powerful and dangerous. When she tries to kill Alexandra and her three brothers, Alexandra ends up banished and her brothers turned in to swans. To save them and her country, Alexandra will have to face the power inside of her. Good book, sweet romance.
A girl with long golden hair is locked in a tower by the witch who traded her for lettuce.
Golden by Cameron Dokey
Rapunzel was born bald and her mother willingly gave her up to a witch. But the witch has plans for her, her real daughter needs Rapunzel’s help. Another quick read, very different from the original.
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Zel is raised in semi-isolation by her mother. The moment she shows interest in a boy, Konrad, her mother whisks her away to a tower. There she fights madness as Konrad frantically searches for her. This book is very true to the original tale, harsh and beautiful.
Okay, so this list is getting a little long. Here are some others really quick with the fairy tales they are based on.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – Based on the fairy tale Goose Girl, a story of a princess forced by her servant to switch places. Good story with some spin-offs.
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – The Twelve Dancing Princess; twelve girls dance the night away in the realm of the fairies. Great book!
Deerskin by Robin McKinley – Donkeyskin, a heartbreaking story of a princess running away because she is forced to marry her father. This is a wonderful, sad, happy story. Older YA.
And finally, the rest of The Lunar Chronicles that are on my TBR list, and The Once Upon a Time series, several authors retelling various fairy tales.
Sorry this got so long! And this doesn’t even include Beauty and the Beast! I’m planning on seeing the movie the moment it comes out in Athens and will let you all know my thoughts on it. If you know of any other retellings, please comment below, I’m eager for others!