Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings
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1) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Sondra’s just finished this one, and I’m currently reading it. Beauty and the Beast vibes, lovely setting and atmosphere, and a story that feels classic and comforting, but with its own original twist.
2) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Aadieh
Retelling of 1001 Nights. Gorgeous writing, hate-to-love romance, and countless moments where you need to put down the book to scream a little.
3) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
One of my favorite books in middle/high school; for the longest time, this was what I picked up when I wanted a mood-lifter. The character dynamics in this book (and the sequels) are exactly what I need to put a smile on my face.
4) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Retelling of The Six Swans. The start to an EXTREMELY underrated series. I love the beautiful descriptions, the heroine’s subtle strength and her relationship with her brothers.
5) Ash by Malinda Lo
I personally am always there for fairy tales that involve girls kissing; I also love the way faeries are portrayed in this book.
6) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
I know Cruel Beauty (which I also loved) will be on this list, so I’m putting this one here instead. Highly recommend if you like complex motivations, terrifying forests, and morally ambiguous ruthless survivor anti-heroines who protect what matters to them.
7) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
8) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Beauty and the Beast retelling. The worldbuilding in this book is spectacular, and there are some INTENSE romantic scenes.
9) Grim edited by Christine Johnson
I decided to include some anthologies I really liked. This one had a few stories that didn’t work for me, but I really enjoyed most of them, and loved the ones by Saundra Mitchell (extremely dark with a satisfying ending) and Sarah Rees Brennan (historical Beauty meets modern frat boy Beast; hilarity and gender role commentary ensues) in particular.
10) Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
A collection of interconnected fairy tale retellings, focusing on female relationships. Again, not all of them worked for me, but the ones that did worked extremely well, and the book as a whole is so powerful and enthralling.