Books For Fairy Tale Retelling Readers

Posted March 10, 2015 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Books For Readers Who Like Fairy Tale Retellings

This was actually a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I have often mentioned that I adore fairy tale retellings – so you would think that I had read loads and loads of them wouldn’t you? Well, apparently not! I have actually read precious few (though there are a ton currently sitting waiting to be read on my shelves).

I actually considered changing my topic but I really wanted to do this one so I did manage to find ten really great retellings that I had already read and therefore could recommend to others.

Here are my picks:

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer: The Lunar Chronicle series gets a lot of love and it is not hard to see why when the opening book features a cyborg Cinderella! Such a great start to the series.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: The second book is even better than the first. This book is a loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood but the Wolf is this particular story is more dreamy than scary!

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel: A modern-day retelling of Peter Pan. This book really made me think and it definitely had a darker vibe than the original version of Peter Pan (which is fitting really when you consider that the J.M. Barrie version was originally envisaged as being a lot darker – Peter apparently killed the Lost Boys when they got too old). I kinda cheated with this one as it is not a fairy tale per se but you guys will let me off with it, right? 😉

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Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George: This book is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and it is both a faithful and fresh take on the original tale.

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey: Cinderella with a twist! In a land where tradition is usually followed, this kingdom’s Cinderella is matched with a completely inappropriate prince. In order to escape the hand fate has dealt her, she becomes a Fairy Godmother instead.

One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey: This one is based on Saint George, the figure depicted in Christian Mythology as killing a dragon in order to save a threatened virgin. I really do not want to give away the ‘twist’ in this tale – I would suggest checking it out!

Ash by Malinda Lo: Another take on Cinderella with a LGBT slant (fun fact: the original version of the fairy tale is called Ashputtel hence Ash).

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: One of my favourite retellings (and books) of all time. Loosely based on The Six Swans, this was the first Juliet Marillier book I read and it solidified her position as one of my favourite authors ever! Just a beautiful story.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierThis is a retelling of the The Twelve Dancing Princesses but also includes elements of The Frog Prince as well. It is a truly magical tale.

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier: I honestly cannot say enough great things about this book! It is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, mixed with Celtic lore – it is a captivating read.


Well, I learned a few things from compiling this list:

1. I really need to read more fairy tale retellings asap!

2. I really need to get back into the Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey – I had forgotten how much I enjoyed these books.

3. Juliet Marillier rules. PERIOD.

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4 responses to “Books For Fairy Tale Retelling Readers

    • Brin

      That’s awesome that you have a personal connection to Juliet Marillier! I absolutely love her books.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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