Howdy, book adventurists!
I come to you with the book list of the month! After peeking at the upcoming YA for this year I was inspired to do this list. Of course, from the title you’ve got a gander already. Rewriting fairytales is a tale as old as time and every time there’s something about each retelling that the author puts into in that really makes it splash and become something more than its original.
I love fairytales. I even have my own special bound, gold paged, with a ribbon mark edition of the Grim Fairytales, and I’m talking about the original tales with blood and torture and not done up for bedtime storytelling. It’s beautiful and I treasure it like Gollum/Sméagol treasure the one ring. I’m also a lover of the Canterbury Tales and would be totally up for a unique twist and telling of those. King Arthur’s Tales of the Round Table is right up there too! I could list it on and on.
Getting to the main event here: below are some rendition of fairytales, given a glow-up and unique life! Maybe you’ve read a couple and maybe there are a few you’ll be adding to your TBR! Bear in mind, a majority will be YA because I’m a sucker for it.
Author: Jenny Elder Moke
Robin Hood gets his own moment when his daughter seeks him out for his help.
The Lunar Chronicles (Series)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Taking a serious twist here with well-known ladies such as Cinderella, better known as Cinder here, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding hood where there’s not a damsel in sight.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
Author: Michael Cunningham
Fairy tales come to the modern-day with dreadful and abysmal ends, yet with a feeling of norm. Twists that stun and possibly leave you disturbed. Having read this one myself, there was the occasion when I was here and there.
Dorothy Must Die (series)
Author: Danielle Paige
Dorothy is evil and Oz is dying. A new Kansas native is dropped in the middle of it all and doesn’t want any part of the war that’s going on. Toe get home, she’ll have no other choice but to put an end to it.
Author: Alex Flinn
Beauty and the Beast come to the modern-day hierarchy of high school. Doesn’t get more angsty than that.
Twisted Tales (series)
Author: Liz Braswell (though on occasion a few other fantastic authors pop in like Elizabeth Lim & Lisa McMann)
Okay, so this one mostly aligns with Disney, but who didn’t grow up on Disney as their fairytales? Plus, a good majority derive from originals by the Grimm brothers. And, I don’t know about anybody else, but Pinocchio was/is creepy as hell. Aside from that, there is an array of books that range on tales from Aladdin to Peter Pan to Cinderella to Mulan. So many! There are a few I really need to consider reading.
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
I’m a sucker for delving into the backstories of secondary characters. It drags me even further into the enchanting world of the series they’re a part of. Like, getting to look behind the door that is usually locked. This one follows Isabelle, an ugly stepsister of Cinderella.
White Cat (Curse Workers Book Series)
Author: Holly Black
Magic comes with aa price. Always.
Author: Amanda Marrone
A unique twist on the story of Snow White where the mirror is the true villain, not just an instrument of the evil queen.
Spelled (The Storymakers)
Author: Betsy Schow
Enough is enough for this princess. There’s a lot to enjoy, but an arranged marriage? No way. So, wish upon a cursed star and get reverse-tornadoed, leading to the princess to Kansas. Oh boy.
More to come soon…
Thoughts? A favorite twist on a fairy tale you loved? Let’s chat in the comments below!