Fairy Tales Retold

Are you a fan of the TV series 'Once Upon a Time'? Are you counting the days until the Season 3 premiere? Here are some books to help keep you and your family occupied until we can return to Neverland.

Adult fiction

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory MaguireConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
This twist on the story of Cinderalla reworked for adult readers is more than just a simple fairy tale. Maguire uses the magical transformation as a way to talk about beauty both within and without.
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Stardust by Neil GaimanStardust by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman sprinkles fairy dust on his book to create a brand new story that reads like a classic fairy tale. If you've seen the movie, you haven't experience the whole story, full of adventure, humor and a dash of romance.
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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
Considered by many to be a modern fantasy classic, Beagle's novel can appeal to many ages but adults will connect with the message of how we grow up but manage to keep the magic alive within us.
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Young Adult Fiction

Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1) by Jackson PearceSisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The first book in Jackson's Fairytale Retellings series focuses on Red Riding Hood and her sister. Mix in a bit of werewolf lore and you have a quick read.
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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
A take on Cinderella that moves it from Fantasy to Science Fiction! Set far into the future, with a bit of a mystery mixed in for good measure. Plus, androids and cyborgs, oh my!
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) by Catherynne M. ValenteThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
If you like the quirkly language of Lewis Carroll, you will love this book. Whimsical is the only way to describe this series that manages to poke fun at fairy tale tropes while honoring them at the same time.
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Children's Fiction

A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1) by Adam GidwitzA Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Guess what kids? Those Disney versions of fairy tales are far from what the originals are like! The snarky narrator of this book will guide readers through the gruesome adventure of Hansel and Gretel. It's a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun to read.
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Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, #1) by Jean FerrisOnce Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
The subtitle says it all - "part comedy, part love story, part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink". If you like your fairy tales on the silly side, you'll enjoy this adventure!
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The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1) by Michael BuckleySisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
What if all the story book characters were real and one of them was out committing crimes? Call in the fairy tale detectives, the Sisters Grimm. These siblings have taken over their parents business since their mother and father went missing. Can they solve the case and reunite their family?
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