Fairy Tales with a Twist

You think you know the fairy tales? That you know what happens to Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood or that you know the true story of Peter Pan? In these books, what you think you know about fairy tales will be challenged and changed. With riffs off the beloved stories or original worlds, the books listed below will have you thinking about fairy tales in a whole new way.

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Mechanica
A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.
Cornwell, Betsy
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Princess of Thorns
After ten years of exile among fairies who teach her to use her magically-enhanced strength and courage, Sleeping Beauty's daughter Aurora enlists the help of Niklaas, eleventh son of King Eldorio, in the fight to reclaim her throne.
Jay, Stacy
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Gathering Frost
Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.
Davis, Kristen
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A Wicked Thing
One hundred years after falling asleep, Aurora wakes to the kiss of a handsome prince and a kingdom that has dreamed of her return, but her happily-ever-after seems unlikely as she faces grief over the loss of everything she knew and a cruel new king.
Thomas, Rhiannon
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Cruel Beauty
Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.
Hodge, Rosamund
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Beastkeeper
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
Hellisen, Cat
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Crimson Bound
Rachelle must protect the king's bastard son while searching for the weapons that will save her world from endless night.
Hodge, Rosamund
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Sisters Red
Countless teenage girls have been brutally murdered, and Rosie and Scarlett March know how they died - torn apart by werewolves. For Scarlett the memories of a similar attack have left not just emotional scars but physical ones. The sisters fight side by side to save others from the same fate.
Pearce, Jackson
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Stitching Snow
A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.
Lewis, R. C.
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom.
Gaiman, Neil
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Towering
A contemporary retelling of Rapunzel told from the alternating perspectives of three teens whose fates unknowingly bind them together to destroy a greater evil.
Flinn, Alex
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Tiger Lily
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy--Peter Pan--and falls in love with him.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn
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Reckless
Mirrorworld Series, Book 1

Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
Funke, Cornelia
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Fearless
Mirrorworld Series, Book 2

Jacob Reckless journeys to the Mirrorworld to tell his shapeshifting friend Fox that a fairy curse--a deadly moth in his chest--means he has only one year to live. The journey in Mirrorworld turns into a search against time and against a Goyl treasure hunter for an enchanted crossbow, which is known to strike down any army it faces, and less well known for its healing power when shot by a loved one.
Funke, Cornelia
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Tithe
Modern Faerie Tales, Book 1

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
Black, Holly
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Valiant
Modern Faerie Tales, Book 2

When 17-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.
But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

Black, Holly
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Ironside
Modern Faerie Tales, Book 3

As the possessor of Roibin's true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossible quest that will release him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.
Black, Holly
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Illusionarium
While a plague sweeps his country, Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy a working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations-or illusions.
Dixon, Heather
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Between the Lines
Between the Lines Series, Book 1

Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.
Picolt, Jodi & Van Leer, Samantha
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Off the Page
Between the Lines Series, Book 2

Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.
Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.

Picolt, Jodi & Van Leer, Samantha
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Cinder
The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Meyer, Marissa
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Scarlet
The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.
Meyer, Marissa
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Cress
The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company.
Meyer, Marissa
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Winter
The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4

Princess Winter, admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, teams up with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, to defeat Queen Levana and find their happily ever afters.
Meyer, Marissa
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