Best of YA: Fairytale Re-tellings!

Hey guys! Working as a Children’s Bookseller, with a focus on YA, means that I’m constantly having to look at new releases and new trends and what’s currently popular – and I LOVE IT! Having a good knowledge of what books are on offer mean that I can offer the best recommendations possible to any customers who need a hand. Because of this, I’m starting a series called The Best of YA – lists of some of the most popular books on offer and some that I think are fab!

We’re kicking things off with a list of YA re-tellings. This trend is super popular right now and there are no shortage of wonderful books based on your original favourite stories for you to dive into. If you need a recommendation and a re-telling fits the bill, here are a few books to give you a head start!

*NOTE: blurbs aren’t included as this post would be super long if they were, but there are links to all of the info on Goodreads x


๐ŸŒธ Books based on CINDERELLA:
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
+ the rest of the series (but it does vere away from fairytale re-telling)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge (eBook only)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on THE LITTLE MERMAID:
The Surface Breaks by Louise Oโ€™Neill
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
+ Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Part of Your World by Liz Braswell (Disney’s Twisted Tales)
Poor Unfortunate Souls by Serena Valentino (Disney)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on ALICE IN WONDERLAND:
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
+ Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
+ War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
Splintered by A. G. Howard
+ Unhinged by A. G. Howard
+ Ensnared by A. G. Howard

๐ŸŒธ Books based on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
+ A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
+ the rest of the series (but it does vere away from fairytale re-telling)
As Old as Time by Liz Braswell (Disney’s Twisted Tales)
The Beast Within by Serena Valentino (Disney)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on SNOW WHITE:
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Fairest of All by Serena Valentino (Disney)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on SLEEPING BEAUTY:
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell (Disney’s Twisted Tales)
Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino (Disney)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD:
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

๐ŸŒธ Books based on ALADDIN:
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (Disney’s Twisted Tales)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on RAPUNZEL:
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Towering by Alex Flinn
Mother Knows Best by Serena Valentino (Disney)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on MULAN:
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Reflection by Elizabeth Lim (Disney’s Twisted Tales)

๐ŸŒธ Books based on ROBIN HOOD:
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

๐ŸŒธ Books based on THE WIZARD OF OZ:
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
+ The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
+ Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
+ The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
+ Dorothy Must Die Stories by Danielle Paige


There we go! A fairly exhaustive list of YA fairytale re-tellings. I know I haven’t included everything but it’s not bad as a starting point ๐Ÿ˜‚ What do you think? Are there any more that you’d recommend? Have you read any of the books on this list? I’d love to know! โญ๏ธ

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if youโ€™d like to discuss these books (or any others that Iโ€™ve featured) in more detail ๐Ÿ˜Œ

32 thoughts on “Best of YA: Fairytale Re-tellings!

  1. I like the ones that are less ‘Disney’ orientated, although it has touched on most stories. I prefer the Alice in Wonderland re-tellings and the ones that feature Robin Hood. I do like recommending Death Of The Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper, it has a wonderful book cover too.

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  2. Authors K.M. Shea and Melanie Cellier each do great jobs building tales from fairy tales — totally recommend them!

    Kitty (KM Shea) has an 11-book series called “Timeless Fairy Tales”, and she’s currently working through her “Fairy Tale Enchantress” series that follows the enchantress through the Timeless Fairy Tale timeline. The stories are extremely original, yet based off traditional fairy tales (book 1 of TFT is Beauty & the Beast).

    Melanie has two series, titled “The Four Kingdoms” and “Beyond the Four Kingdoms”. I’ve only read the Beyond series so far, but it’s really, really good – and, again, refreshingly original!

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