Top Fairy Tale Retellings

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

It has been a long time since I did a TTT, but I’m determined to get back on this horse. I mean, I love lists! More lists. I’m posting late today but whatever.


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: If you love Beauty and the Beast for the intense hate to love ship, Cruel Beauty is the book you have been waiting for. You have to wait a while for it to kick into high gear because there’s lots of world building to start, but it is 100% WORTH IT.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay: I read this one a while back, and I enjoyed the fact that it played around with beastliness in some cool ways. It’s one of those sci fi fairy tale retellings I find so boss.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: Obviously I have to recommend Sarah J. Maas whenever I can. The start of the series is very Beauty and the Beast, though that really only applies to the first half or so of ACOTAR. Whatever, it counts.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Uprooted doesn’t have quite so much of a focus on the romance, but it does have amazing world building and put a really unique twist on the tale. There’s a lot more magic happening in this version.


Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott: Diverse fantasy Cinderella with a superhot interracial romance. So freaking good.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Sci fi fairy tales are the best, and Marissa Meyer is their queen. But honestly I don’t even need to tell you about this book.


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: Fair warning that this is the loosest of loose retellings. It’s basically the first fifteen pages. It’s sort of like if Little Red Riding Hood had been eaten by the wolf and then become one herself through fairy tale logic.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: WOLF. <3 THORNE. <3 <3 <3


Cress by Marissa Meyer: Obviously I like Marissa Meyer’s take on fairy tales, if you couldn’t tell by now. I love that Cress is trapped in a space station alone instead of a tower. It’s the perfect sci fi spin. Even if I will be on my crackship forever.

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Source of this adorable artwork

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin: Middle grade doesn’t often totally rock my socks, but The Sinister Sweetness did. It’s a wholly original, creeptastic take on Hansel and Gretel.

sleeping beauty

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan: SCI FI FAIRYTALE. YES YES.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas: This one’s slow, I have to warn you. I found it realistic and lovely, but it’s not going to be everyone’s speed.

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: A graphic novel with a bunch of short stories, all quite Grimm.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: It’s a retelling of the goose girl, a tale I either haven’t read or forgot I read. The plot and romance are both amazing.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale: So basically Shannon Hale rocks this stuff. Princess Academy reads like a brand new fairy tale. It’s sort of The Selection done right, way before America was a glint in Cass’ eye.

The Understory by Elizabeth Leiknes: The Understory is framed around a fictional fairy tale. I remember this book being hilarious, clever, and also having a good romance. It’s a hidden gem.

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Various: I’m not usually much impressed by anthologies, and this one has probably been my favorite in recent memory. Mileage will vary by story obviously, but it’s definitely worth a read if you’re as into fairy tales as I am.

9 responses to “Top Fairy Tale Retellings”

  1. Gillian says:

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  2. Yay for Shannon Hale love. I also really love Book of a Thousand days. Have you read that one by her. It’s another fairytale retelling and it’s my favorite of Hale’s books.
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  3. Layla says:

    I haven’t read anything by Shannon Hale. It seems that I need to remedy this. Princess Academy sounds awesome.

    I read and liked Cinder but wasn’t crazy about it – I hear the rest of the series is better, though?

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  4. I love the headers you used!!! Excellent list! I need to read Of Beast and Beauty and A Wicked Thing. I’ll have to check out Shadows on the Moon and the Nikki Loftin book too. Retellings are the best!

  5. Katrina says:

    Marissa Meyer IS the Queen of fairy tale retellings! I loved the way you sorted these. I’ve seen ‘Uprooted’ on a fair few lists, might have to check it out!

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  6. Cruel Beauty and A Court of Thorn and Roses. No idea why I haven’t made time for those yet. And good grief, everybody has been raving about Uprooted. I’ve got to get myself a copy.
    Yay! Someone else that included A Long, Long Sleep! Through the Woods was fantastic, I completely forgot about that one.
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  7. If you haven’t read yet I would recommend “Fables” is a graphic novel – I already read some issues and it’s really good.
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    I’m actually proud of how many of these I HAVE read *pats self on back* Though Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay is on my to read list. Maybe next year or something when there aren’t quite as many Beauty and the Beast retellings. (SO MANY OMG.)

    Also must read Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott – but it made it on my TTT as one of my high priority retellings TBR. Japan. Duh.

    I have not read any of your “other tales”. But also you should read Valiant and then add it to that list. Valiaaaaaaaaaaaant.
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  9. Lyn Kaye says:

    Okay, this is the second time I have seen A Long Long Sleep, so now I am going to have to add it, because my interest is now piqued.

    Thank you for the rec. I have SO MANY after this topic!
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