Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Fairy Tale Retellings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

I adore fairy tales, old or new. Retellings are a bit of a mixed bag in my experience, some of them really fail but thankfully there are some wonderful ones out there. Below are some of my personal favourites.

Woodcutter Sisters Series by Alethea Kontis

The first book Enchanted is mainly based on The Frog Prince but there are so many other fairy tales mixed in. Book two is Hero and Dearest is the most recent. I adore them all. ♥

Entwined by Heather Dixon

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based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses (The Brothers Grimm)

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott

Book of the Year 2012

apparently based on Cinderella (The Brothers Grimm) according to Goodreads – as it gives me an excuse to include one of my favourite books I’ll take it.

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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based on Rumplestiltskin (The Brothers Grimm)

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

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based on Donkeyskin (Charles Perrault)
Robin McKinley has done so many retellings and I could have picked any one of them but this is one is so amazing.

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

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based on The Ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Andersen)

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

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based on The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen)

Ash by Malinda Lo

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based on Cinderella (The Brothers Grimm)

The Swan Kingdom by Zöe Marriott

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based on The Wild Swans (Hans Christian Andersen)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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based on The Goose Girl (The Brothers Grimm)

Do you know of any others I should read?

 

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Fairy Tale Retellings

  1. I adore fairy tales myself but I have never read a fairytale retelling. The closest I get is watching some TV shows. I just might check out some of these books particularly Monstrous Beauty. Little Mermaid retelling? :O On 5 Aug 2014 12:33, Luna’s Little Library wrote:
    > Luna’s Little Library posted: “Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme > created by The Broke and the Bookish. I adore fairy tales, old or new. > Retellings are a bit of a mixed bag in my experience, some of them really > fail but thankfully there are some wonderful ones out there. Below are some > “

  2. I’ve been planning to read Entwined for a while but something always came up, thanks for reminding me. 🙂 I can’t wait to read the Sweetest Spell, I already have it on my tablet. I’ve never heard about the Woodcutter Sisters Series but I checked it out and it sounds so good. :))
    I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles, I liked that the author kept some things from the original story and that before every part there’s a quote from the original book, but besides that she wrote a completely original book.

    Great list, here’s mine: http://www.reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.hu/2014/08/top-ten-books-id-give-to-readers-who.html#more

  3. Fairy tale retellings are the best!! I love how they take a story that’s familiar and twist it to make it new. Great list! 🙂

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