Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite fairy-tale inspired retellings. Fairy-tales have been retold for centuries now and, whether it be for their morals, creativity or uniqueness, something about them still reaches us today. So here it goes with my top 5! (All covers link to Goodreads 😊)

  1. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Original tale: The Goose Girl)

This is an all-time favorite of mine. The first in the Books of Bayern series, it stays pretty true to the original tale but continues on in later books with a new, unique story-line. I especially recommend the first book but I hold the whole series close to my heart!

2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Original tale: Snow White)

For anyone who grew up only knowing the Disney version of the Snow White story, this is the perfect toe into the darker reality. The author has created a satisfying adventure which does dip into some dark territory but overall was so much fun to read! And did I mention there are dragons?

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Original tale: Alice in Wonderland)

Alice in Wonderland is not strictly a fairy-tale but I couldn’t make a retellings post without mentioning this book. Heartless is unique because it fills in the backstory of the Queen of Hearts. The best and worst thing about this book is that you know how it has to end. I won’t give anything away but let’s just say it gets messy!

4. Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent (Original tale: Red Riding Hood)

Basically, it’s Red Hiding Hood with werewolves. Was I ever not going to like it?

5. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (Original tale: Cinderella)

As with Heartless, the ‘villains’ take center stage in this novel which speculates about what the stepsisters lives would’ve looked like after the events of Cinderella. I don’t know how the author did it but she took take a character I thought I could never like and turned her into something beautiful. This one is definitely worth the read as are, in my opinion, all the ones on this list!

That’s all the books for today! Thanks for hanging out and let me know in the comments what your favorite fairy-tale retelling is! Happy Reading 🙂


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