15 Fairy Tale Retellings


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I don't care how old you are, there is just nothing better than a good fairy tale. If it wasn't for those intriguing stories I was told as a child, I'm not sure that I would be into reading as much as I am now. The language. The fantasy. The world creating. 
It's a way to get away from real life for a bit.

That being said, my new favorite form of fiction at the moment, are "Fairy Tale Retellings". This is a recent thing for me, and MAN! The Lord has blessed some folks with AWESOME storytelling skills! 

I know you're assuming that retelling a story that's already ingrained into our minds would be easy peazy. Well, the next few authors make it LOOK easy-but this is NOT Mr. Roger's storytime. These are stories reborn with new life and adventure. These worlds are like nothing you've seen before.

Now, I haven't read all of these, but these are the retellings with mass amounts of followers. I mean, most are SUPPOSED to be YA-but as a lady that's about to get into my dirty thirty year: I plan on reading every single one on this list. The one's I have read, have just made me fangirl like crazy and I just can't stop!

Let's get the list started:


1.   This is Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, The first book in a Sci-Fi Fantasy series call, The Lunar Chronicles. EVERYONE and they mama raves about this series. It's obviously a retelling of Cinderella-but Cinder is a Cyborg. Sounds INSANE, but after all of the reviews I've read, I've gotta get my hands on this.

2. Remember that kinda okay movie with Vanessa Hudgens by the same name? Well, this is the book. I liked the movie okay, but the book really intrigues me since the books are almost always better than the movie. This is Beastly by Alex Flinn, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

3.  Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell is a Neverland novel that's pretty new and is actually sitting on my bookcase: unread. It's high on my TBR though, and I can't wait to dig in.

4.   The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine. As you can tell by the cover-this is Snow White in a TOTALLY different story. 

5.  Oh. Em. Gee. You guys. THIS BOOK. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is the most magical book I've ever read. It's in my top 10 books of ALL TIME. The imagery in this book tantlizes the senses like nothing I've ever read. The book hangover was strong with this one. It's a retelling of 1001 Nights, and although I haven't read the classic-this makes me wanna read every Middle Eastern story ever written. It's just beautiful, AND the sequal comes out in May! 

6.  The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins doesn't come out until March 8th, but it is already generating a huge buzz. This is another for Beauty and the Beast fans.

7.  I'm sure you can guess by the title what this book is about. A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is one of the few Sleeping Beauty books I could find. 

8.  Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan is a Rapunzel story. There is a princess trapped in a tower, but I'm pretty sure that's where the Disney similarities end. I've heard mixed reviews, but it's still on my Amazon Wish List! 

9.  The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson. Melanie has done quite a few Christian retellings, and this one is another Rapunzel. I honestly want them all to read! The covers are absolutely gorgeous, to boot!

10.   ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas has been HUGE in the bookie relam for quite a bit. You might know Maas from the Throne of Glass series. She's a YA Fantasy legend! This is Beauty and the Beast like no other-it's also sitting on my shelf waiting to be cracked open. The second book also comes out this year!

11.  I haven't heard too much about, Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, but the synopsis really intrigued be. Like Cinder, this new Cinderella story seems so weird that I've gotta give it a try.

12.  Little Red Riding Hood has not been forgotten! Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. Lots of nods to Brothers Grimm.

13.  I look at this cover and I immediately hear, "A Whole New World". Jessica Khoury's The Forbidden Wish just came out this Tuesday! Aladdin fans: RUN to pick this up!

14.  I told you. I'm obsessed with Middle East books right now, so E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights has been on my radar since finishing The Wrath & the Dawn. They say they're both completely different, and I can only imagine who this Arabian Nights retelling has been retold.

15.   Last but not least, we are reminded that, "We're all mad here." Splintered by A.G. Howard is an Alice in Wonderland retelling and is actually part of a series! All three covers are super whimsical and fun. 


So, are your a grown person reliving your childhood with some fairy tale YA?
If so, have you read any of these books?
Any you'd like to try out?

4 comments

  1. I tend to limit my reading to Christian authors because of my blog, but these books sound interesting and the cover art is wonderful. Nice post!

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  2. I am a huge fan of fairy tales, they are a real break from reality, but have to admit to never having heard of any of these, I am going to see if I can get some of them on my Kindle!

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  3. These all sound so cool! I've been looking for some new different reads and am gonna have to check a few of these out!!! Also this makes me very excited for the Once Upon a Time season premiere this Sunday hehe! (:

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