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The Best YA Fairytales and Fairytale Retellings of 2014 and 2015

Hey everyone! Here’s another batch of some of the best YA Fairytale/Fairytale Retellings – this time, books released in 2014 and 2015!

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Princess Winter is a graceful and kind princess, and the Lunar people admire her greatly for that as much as they admire the beauty she has despite her scar – a beauty that is more breathtaking, it is said, than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows well that Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend and the palace guard, Jacin, but Winter has been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. With the help of the cyborg mechanic Cinder and her allies, Winter might have the power to launch a revolution, and win it against Queen Levana, finishing a war that has been raging for too long.

What do the readers say?
“Overall, I thought this was a strong end to the series. Meyer managed to give Winter her due while ensuring the other characters got their screen time, too. It’s a big book, and she uses her pages well, covering the conflict with Levana and not skimping over the brutality that would inevitably follow. She also properly resolves the conflict and all our characters and relationships without tying up everything in a too neat bow. Definitely one of the better endings to a YA series I’ve read.” – Eventide, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Khalid is the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, who takes a new bride each night and executes her at sunrise. But the unexpected happens: sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry the notorious Khalid. Little do people know, she has a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph, for murdering her best fr iend and countless other girls. Shazi has enough skill, will, and wit, to get through the night and find her awake and alive at dawn, something which has never happened before. But she’s also finding that she’s falling in love with the boy who killed her dearest friend. Now she’s finding that not everything is as it seems, and that the truth behind the murderous boy-king is something that she’s determined to uncover, to break the cycle of murders once and for all.

What do the readers say?
“I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I’m always looking for ones that are outside the usual western European stories. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of 1001 Nights (sometimes called the Arabian Nights), a collection of traditional Arabic folk tales with a framing story about a murderous king who kills his new wives at dawn every morning.” – schmettajames, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Rachelle was apprenticed to her aunt and was trained to protect her village. At fifteen years old, she was good, but also reckless, often straying from the forest path in her pursuit to free the world of the threat of eternal darkness. But an illicit meeting gone wrong had changed everything, forcing Rachelle to make a terrible choice that bound her to the evil she wanted to defeat. Now Rachelle is eighteen, and has given her life to serve the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an attempt to atone. The king orders her to guard his son Armand, whom she hates the most, and now Rachelle is forced to help him hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. As they navigate the world of the elite, their bonds deepen, and they uncover conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may destroy them both.

What do the readers say?
“Beautifully dark version of the Red Riding Hood theme, with a dash of Hansel and Gretel. Complex characters and a couple of good plot twists. I devoured it in a couple of days.” – equreuil, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

Lo-Melkhiin has killed three hundred girls and intends to find another wife – the sister of the main character, who in turn vows that her sister won’t be the next victim. So she takees her sister’s place and has made peace with the death that she expects will follow her – but after the first sun rises and sets, she finds that she is not yet dead. Instead, night after night, Lo-Melkhiin listens to her stories, and her survival affords her the opportunity to explore the palace – and to discover that Lo-Melkhiin has not always been cruel. In the village, her sister mourns for her, stirring subtle magic that uncovers death in the air. She, meanwhile, is determined to uncover the truth – to develop more power with each tale she spins, to save the king and end the rule of a monster.

What do the readers say?
“EK Johnston does a wonderful job of recreating myth. The truth behind it told from its origin. A Thousand Nights is almost poetic in its writing, massively compelling, and soothing in the calm, matter-of-fact way she presents the magic of the world. I was introduced to Johnston with Ahsoka in 2016, and I adore her writing style. It is crisp, clean, and doesn’t assume that all things need to be spelled out for the reader. I highly recommend A Thousand Nights for adult and young adult audiences. You won’t be disappointed.” – Sara, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White’s (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty’s (almost) stories.

What do the readers say?
“I just finished this wonderful story, and was in tears, but tears created out of wonder and hope! This is a fairy tale as it should be told, not the usual drivel about a princess being saved by a prince. Stories like this and “Into the Woods” give full meaning to the people who inhabit them and for the fullness of life that can come out of making our own choices and moving forward. Have other women in my life, both young and old who need to read this book, but will be purchasing a second copy so that can pass to more than one person at a time.” – Dunkirk, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Jorgen Hartman is the margrave’s forester, and his duty is to track down a poacher – a duty he has dedicated his entire life to, as the one who raised him was murdered by a poacher. When he meets the beautiful Odette at the Midsummer festival, and when he forges a deep connection with her during a dance, he doesn’t know that they’re already enemies – because she is the one he is duty-bound to capture, the one who has become the secret lifeline to the poor. Now Jorgen has to face a difficult path, as he struggles to understand what may happen when he protects a notorious poacher, and what may happen when the poacher is finally discovered.

What do the readers say?
“The details about medieval life sprinkled throughout the story make the setting come alive without detracting from the plot. If you’re looking for a great story with a little romance, a little mystery and a lot of character, look no further than The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.” – Anita Ojeda, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Forever by Chanda Hahn

Mina finds herself without the guidance of her Fae Godmother, as the Godmother Guild has been destroyed by Teague’s army. Now she has to lean on her friends for support. Meanwhile, the dark prince continues to threaten their very existence by showcasing his power on the human plane – a power that has everyone running for their lives. In order to save them, Mina must make a deal with the prince and become his prisoner, lest she lose her friends forever. But she does not know if there is still any hope for the love she and the prince once shared, or if beauty must destroy the beast she created.

What do the readers say?
“Forever was amazing! Of course I’m sad that the adventure has come to an end but the journey was great this series has made me laugh and cry. I believe that Chanda Hahn is a great author she makes you feel for the characters which reels you into the story and of course she must have a great imagination I wouldn’t have thought up anything remotely close to this! The twist about Mina’s mom was great I didn’t even expect it but I won’t spoil it or the shocking revelations about Mina and Charlie’s heritage.” – Piper Precious, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agnieszka’s valley home is quiet, surrounded by forests and a bright shining river. But near the woods is one cruel man, a malevolent, ambitious wizard known only as the Dragon, and he’s responsible for keeping the wood’s powers at bay – in exchange for one young woman from the village serving him for ten years. It is a fate feared by many, and the next choosing is fast approaching. Agnieszka fears this moment, because everyone knows that the Dragon will be taking Kasia, her best friend, next. She’s graceful, beautiful, and brave, and she’s ready to be taken away. But come choosing, the one the Dragon chooses is not Kasia – but someone else, someone close to her, someone the village, and Agniezska, never expected.

What do the readers say?
“I haven’t been this captivated by a fantasy book in a while. Uprooted was, in my opinion, a mix of Beauty and The Beast, Polish folklore and Howl’s Moving Castle. I love all those things so it makes sense that I was hooked from the first chapter.” – Stephanie Verhaegen (Bookfever), Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Valiant by Sarah McGuire

Saville hates sewing – the very reason why her father the Tailor doesn’t love her as much. But when he is struck ill after they arrive in the city of Reggen, Saville has to wear boy’s clothes to gain commission from the king, in an attempt to keep them fed. But the kingdom is on the edge and an army of giants led by a man who can’t be killed is approaching – but they are turned away by Saville, who tricks them into leaving. The Tailor of Reggen is the new hero of the kingdom, and the king promises his sister’s hand in marriage, and by the time Saville reaches the doors, the story of her victory has been blown out of proportion. When her secret is discovered by the king’s cousin Lord Galen Verras, Saville is quickly swept into a world of twists and turns and court politics, and learns that the deathless man is a very real threat and that he will ensure that his throne will be his. Now finding the truth rests only on Saville, who has the courage and cunning to save the kingdom again.

What do the readers say?
“There is a lot of action, war, and intrigue throughout the story. The main issue being dealt with is the mystery behind where the giants came from and who their leader is. It’s an entertaining and well done story. The story has a very classic fantasy feel to it, but also incorporates some great humor throughout.” – Karissa Eckert, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Rapunzel seems to be the perfect girl. Skilled at knife throwing, painting, and singing, she has the abilities to impress. But her mother might never allow her to learn to read and to marry, as she is extremely devoted to Rapunzel and is suspicious of every man who looks at her daughter. When another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move again – to the large cityo f Hagenheim. Along the journey, Rapunzel is rescued by Sir Gerek – whom she, too, rescues later. He repays her by teaching her to read, and begins to capture Rapunzel’s attention. But the city they arrive at is shrouded in mystery that will forever change her life, a world of secrets and treachery revealed after seventeen years of being lied to. This time, Rapunzel might have to control her own destiny.

What do the readers say?
“‘The Golden Braid’ delivers a sublimely executed retelling of the classic tale Rapunzel ~ flourishing with chivalrous and daring deeds, burgeoning faith, and a beautifully enchanting though conflicted romance. Taking place during the 15th century in a world so vastly contrasting to ours; we visit imposing castles and encounter heroic knights engaging in clanging swordfights… the beauty of the author’s gifted and mesmerizing story-telling, is that we may escape with our imagination to an exquisitely inspiring and unforgettable, happy-ever-after!” – NoelaN, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Kat is magically transported to the world of Cinderella when she accidentally rips apart an old picture book. Known now as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters, Kat’s life has been turned upside down, forced to learn how to survive the social season – including wearing a metal hoop skirt. The only way she can get back is to complete the story, up until the end of happily ever after. The odds are huge, though – the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince openly dislikes balls. Kat’s not certain if she can return to the modern world, but she has to.

What do the readers say?
“I read half the book in one sitting, and gave serious thought to just finishing it and calling in sick. I ended up stopping, dragging myself through the workday knowing that the reward of finishing this delightful tale awaited me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a light fairy tale with romance with threads of girl power.” – Mark Gardner, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Stars by Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling’s life in wealthy London is a good one, with her parents and brothers and her budding romance with the bookseller’s son, Booth. But the charming Peter Pan visits one night, while her parents are at a ball, and the Darling children follow him through the window and straight into Neverland. It’s a beautiful island and the freedom they experience is intoxicating. But behind the paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates, lies terrible secrets bathed in blood and rooted in greed. And as Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she really came from – and that perhaps the island of dreams she’s in now can turn into an everlasting nightmare.

What do the readers say?
“At first glance, Wendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes may seem to be another re-telling of Peter Pan, but from Wendy’s POV. Colleen does justice to this much beloved children’s classic, giving it a darker spin that had me reading straight through because I couldn’t stop. J.M. Barrie would be proud. Wendy Darling doesn’t read like a typical YA. This feels like literature, much like it was written in the early 20th century. Colleen’s writing grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger that will have you anxious for the sequel.” – Katie Babs, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Kin by Lili St. Crow

In the world of the kin, girls of Ruby de Varre’s age are supposed to get betrothed and start a family, especially when they’re rootkin and their clan’s fate rests on them. But Ruby has always been a wild child, running around in the woods, and she can’t simply be demure – even if her Gran is expecting it. But then she meets the charming and handsome Conrad, who comes from across the Waste, there in New Haven to seal an alliance between their two families. She starts falling in love with him – but begins to realize that something’s off. Then the murders start, and Ruby becomes the next target. Now she discovers that Conrad’s secrets are deeper than she could have guessed, and that it’s up to her to save her Gran, her clan, and herself.

What do the readers say?
“Kin was amazing and I absolute loved it. There was mystery, action, murder, dark undertones, magic, a death close to the heart and true friendship. I will miss this world, the characters and the extremely complicated world, only if I could have more. If you love dark fairytale retelling then this is definitely the series to get.” – Amazon Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

Glass Roses: A Victorian Fairytale by Britain Kalai Soderquist

Eleanor rescues her stepsister Fanny from an attempted elopement, after which their father decides to move the family to the Continent before Fanny’s act can be discovered. The opportunity is a welcome relief to Eleanor, who is determined to set herself apart from her vain and scheming stepfamily. At a ball she meets the handsome Baron Rupert von Schonfeld, cousin to the Imperial Family of Austria. He is taken by Eleanor, and Eleanor is ceertain that with the Baron, she will leave her family for good. But not without Fanny’s interference.Isabella’s father, meanwhile, has formed a friendship with the surly Duke William of Stirling, whose rough manners and slights are irritating. The Duke invites her father to visit his castle, and soon Isabella sees that behind the Duke’s demeanor is a kind heart and a mysterious accident from the past. Her mind is not ready to give up discovering more of the Duke’s secrets.

In a world where etiquette counts and there are no fairy godmothers, Eleanor and Isabella are on their own, to sort out their own happily ever afters with only their wits, good manners, and accomplishments.

What do the readers say?
“The story line is wonderful and keeps you engaged till the end. The plot is fresh even with the basis of these classic tales and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. The novel is well written which only makes it all the better of a read. Overall I truly enjoyed this novel and will be looking for more work by this author.” – Amazon Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm has read the books and seen the movies. She’s known about the rainbow song and the happy little blue birds. But she’s never expected Oz to look like this – a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and the Wicked Witches may be the good guys, where winged monkeys can be executed for being rebels, and when the yellow brick road is crumbling. And all because of Dorothy, who found a way to come back to Oz and seize power. Now she’s addicted, and no one is safe. Amy has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. She’s a trained fighter with a mission: to remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, and take the Lion’s courage. And on top of it all, Dorothy must die.

What do the readers say?
“Danielle Paige has done a great job with character creation. Nox, Glamora, and other fantastic new characters are in this book. Amy I felt could have been a bit better. I do like her with her balance of flaws and abilities but her frame of mind and willingness so early on to kill disturbed me.” – Jamie E., Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Impulse by Iffix Y. Santaph

Seventeen year old Jendra feels like an outcast and the underground city of Tranoudor is her prison. She has no one to guide her – not her father, who mysteriously vanished ten years ago, or her mother, who died shortly after. The city’s old doctor Grisham Hedgewick has taken her in since, but she’s never really felt at home at all. The only thing she admires is her best friend Leon, the Doctor’s star pupil, who follows Jendra around as she searches the forgotten corners of the city, desperate to find reasons why his father disappeared. They stumble upon an alien in an old alley, clinging to life. The two rescue it, but in doing so, they have to leave Tranoudor City behind – and face the monsters that prowl about outside. With the help of Leon’s tech-savvy cousin Toby, Leon and Jendra journey into the vast unknown for a death defying mission – fighting for others’ lives, and fighting for their own.

What do the readers say?
“This short read didn’t have a dull moment. It’s full of adventures that put our three protagonists (Jendra and her friends Leon and Toby) in danger with each turn. The action packed story occurs on another planet, and so the main characters aren’t human. From their description, they are cute furry little things that kind of reminded me of the Ewoks. I have to admit I loved them.” – Miri, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Alice in No-Man’s-Land by James Knapp

Seventeen-year-old Alice Walshe, who has lived a life of privilege, wealth, and prosperity, finds herself into a walled city of militias, gangs, and cannibals, when her escape pod falls to earth and crashes in Ypsilanti Bloc. Her younger brother’s escape pod is missing, and considering what she knows about the dangers of the blocs – and of Ypsilanti in particular – she’s desperate to find her brother in No-Man’s-Land. The bloc is going to be exterminated and everyone within Ypsilanti’s borders is left for dead, and the only way Alice can save her brother is with the help of a pair of teen scavengers who managed to find the wreck of her pod. They’re her only hope.

What do the readers say?
“Overall, I really enjoyed Alice in No-Man’s-Land and hope there’s a sequel in the works! If you enjoy dark and gritty dystopians with a bit of science fiction then you should check Alice in No-Man’s Land out. Alice in No-Man’s-Land is the best New Adult-Dystopian I’ve read all year. I highly recommend it!” – Van @ Short and Sweet reviews, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Sea Witch by S.J. Valfroy

Serena isn’t an ordinary mermaid. She’s had the powerful magic of a sea witch since birth, just like her mother Moira did. But she doesn’t want to be like mother at all – a cruel and selfish woman. So she rejects her magical powers – until she meets Prince Triton, who pushes her into a breaking point. When she thinks that she could finally win his heart, his mother Queen Amphitrite makes it clear that Triton will never marry a palace maid, especially if she’s the daughter of a notorious sea witch. Now Serena has to decide whether she should embrace her magical powers and take her dreams by force, or if she should not risk anything at all for a steep price that she will need to pay.

What do the readers say?
“I haven’t read a lot of mer books, but, of the ones I have read, never has one been so fully immersed in the undersea world. The descriptions of the merpeople and their dwellings, the way the mermaids rubbed their tails with jellyfish extract and whale blubber to make them shiny, the bed made of jellyfish, the lights made from the glow of deep sea creatures, buildings made from whale bones—I won’t mention everything because it’d spoil the fun, but it was genuinely some of the most incredible and creative world building I’ve ever read.” – Kristen Burns, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Nyx is betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, and she’s always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. On her seventeenth birthday though, when she moves to his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, what welcomes her is not what she expected – especially the charming and beguiling man who is her husband. Nyx knows that she must save her homeland at all costs, but she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy – who has made his way into her heart.

What do the readers say?
“I am very protective of Beauty and the Beast retellings, since they appear to be a dime a dozen nowadays. But I am a changed reader!! I fell into Nyx’s world before and after her marriage to Ignifex. I felt her struggle when she became smitten with him vs. her loyalty to her family. Ignifex’s castle felt like the Beast’s with its hidden passage ways and alter ego attempting to seduce Nyx into destroying the master. I also loved that sex was teased to the reader, and took place, but was not explicitly stated. This was a refreshing change in terms of fairy tale retellings. You feel the love and hatred almost blending into one, but have the warm security blanket of knowing Nyx will accept Ignifex in the end for the monster he is, and the man he used to be.” – Bailey Peyton, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter

Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, the High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. She hopes that, of all of her sisters, she would be the one to escape the fate of a loveless marriage – so she plans to elope with the royal falconer. But on the night she plans to carry out her wish, her father announces her betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm, a prince no one has ever seen. Eoghan is supposed to be a recluse, a cursed man deformed by the gods to pay for the since of the power-hungry father. When she gets trapped in Blackthorn Keep, however, she discovers that not everything is what she expected. There’s an insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince. Now Glory must overcome her vanity to learn that what she wants isn’t necessarily what she needs – and to save the cursed prince.

What do the readers say?
“This is definitely a good, fun, easy read. It was clean and thought-provoking, and a whole new spin on a beloved tale that will never go out of style.” – Brittany Fichter, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Fairie Tale by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Secrets fill the Nejd, and a band of thieves wishes that such secrets remain hidden. Ali bin-Massoud, far from his desert home, is in England, living as an apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. When a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon one night, Ali’s world changes, as he undergoes a journey filled with heartache, danger, and thieves. Because Ali has been summoned home at the death of his father, and it will take faith, knowledge, and love to realize his destiny – and excellent skill in steam-driven technology. Ali has to unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn – before it’s too late.

What do the readers say?
“This story is full of adventure and intrigue. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a bit of romance. Based on the first part of the story, I wasn’t really expecting that. The story starts off at a bit of a slower pace as we are introduced to the main characters, Baba Ali and his teacher, Mr. Babbage. Things change quickly though, when a mysterious package is delivered to Ali. Soon there are break-ins, threats, and even murder attempts.” – K. Westrope, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu

Ellie Abbington is a beautiful and unassuming young woman who quietly longs for her life to change. She’s trapped in the middle – too privileged to associate with servants, and too underprivileged to associate with her own family. She dreams of a prince, and of a happily ever after. But her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and the easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming of the same prince. In the end, Ellie has to find out if dreams are all they’re made out to be – especially with deep and long-hidden secrets waiting to be unearthed.

What do the readers say?
“A Dream Not Imagined is a lovely retelling that at first feels very like the classic Cinderella… and yet! Those twists! My goodness, I did not see them coming! At first I was so worried and could not see how it could work out all right. But then it surprised me by turning out better than I could have imagined! I was so impressed that it could turn that around and I ended up extremely happy with it. I just loved this book!” – Deborah O’Connell, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out the truth behind her mother’s brutal murder, but her father, a New York City gang lord in the empire called Concordia, isn’t helping her much. There’s something brewing underneath Concordia, something darker than the corruption in the city – something that’s full of vengeance and magic. When her father is abducted and her little sister’s life is threatened, Clara accidentally frees Nicholas from a statue he’s been imprisoned in for years. Nicholas is the rightful prince of Cane, a wintry kingdom that exists beyond Concordia. The two journey together to retrieve Clara’s father, but along the way they encounter Anise, the queen of faeries, who operates a totalitarian anti-human regime. Clara discovers that the new world is not as foreign as she feared, but time is running out for everyone, and her magic might not be enough.

What do the readers say?
“I loved this book! I am totally obsessed with Nutcracker, so when I saw this book I was so excited to read it. Although the beginning was sort of slow, it easily transitioned into a wonderful book. I loved all of the detail in the book, and the way the characters developed throughout the story. I loved how the book accurately portrayed dictatorship and war, and how the soldiers are not the only ones who are injured. Clara’s character was very relatable, for even though not all of us can do magic, many of us get confused about our feelings or struggle with courage. The fact that the book wasn’t exactly like the old story was refreshing; it’s good to look at things differently. Overall, great book.” – Marc Hirschfield, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Beast by Lindsay Mead

Humans turned into hellhounds are all over Glace’s neighboring kingdom, the unfortunate victims of demonic possession. The only ones who can keep back these hungry, desperate wolves are the Hunters. Belle LeClair, at the young age of fifteen, is already a hunter. She’s lost track of how many hounds she’s killed and how many friends she’s buried, but she still continues to lead the hunt – that is, until a tragedy forces her into the dark kingdom, testing her loyalty and turning her heart.

What do the readers say?
“The Beast is a steampunk fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and my favorite Disney movie. This is Lindsay Mead’s debut novel and I have been eagerly awaiting its release. This is definitely a book that I will be pushing on people as much as possible. I was absorbed into this book from page one and read it very fast. I think this book is fantastic and an incredible start to a series.” – DanaSquare, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

The Dwarf and the Twins: Snow White and Rose Red by Katharina Gerlach

In a world where magic and technology collide, Martin helps a pregnant woman who is fleeing from the king’s men. He doesn’t know, however, that she bears twins that will change is life forever.

What do the readers say?
“This is a fairy tale retelling, which is one of my favourite fantasy sub-genres. Young adult appropriate. I found the story fresh and different.The point of view was unusual. I liked the whimsical turn on the old typical love stories (not to spill any spoilers). It ended too soon for my taste – I’d have loved a longer tale!” – Eva Gorup, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

 

 

That’s all for this list! Have any great YA fairytales/fairytale retellings to share that aren’t included in this list? Then let us know!

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