The Newest Best Books For Teens with Fairytale Retellings


Fairytale retellings will always captivate our hearts.

Some of the tales we listened to as kids have been around for centuries. Disney and others have capitalized on this. The term “fairytale retellings” has become a sort of a thing, and it allows writers to put their own spin on the classics that we love. Young adult fantasy readers get to join their favorite characters over and over, spanning different genres like SciFi and Paranormal, so that the lovable childhood tale gets a fresh look. The ones on this page are some of the newest young adult fairytale retellings.

As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

This fairytale retelling of Beauty And The Beast is the third in a series that focuses on Disney classics. It asks the question “what if the Beast was cursed by Belle’s own mother?” Belle was afraid that she would never see her mother again, but after shocking memories of her mother cursing the castle flood her mind, maybe she doesn’t want to see her again? Belle has a mystery to unlock that will surprise both her, and you.

What do readers say?

A great twist on my favorite Disney movie!! Great backstory into Belle, Prince Adam, and Belle’s parents!! This book gives more in depth approaches to what happens with Belle when she gets to the castle; how her relationship with the Beast builds, etc. Great twist on the tale that’s old as time!N.L. White, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This young adult fairytale retelling of Alice in Wonderland is all about princess Catherine. Before she was a terror in Wonderland, she was a girl searching for true love. Desired by the still single King of Hearts, Catherine would much rather explore her talent as a baker and open a shop. But her mother will never allow that to happen. Will a secret relationship between Catherine and the court joker become something more? Or will we find out what inspired her famous quote “Off with her head!” See her other fairytale retellings as well.

What do readers say?

I actually bought one of these for myself and another as a gift! I really love this author, I thought her lunar chronicles were one of the most fun things I have read in years! I have recommended it to everyone I know and even bought a few of those as gifts as well. I love the style, very easy to follow the story and such an intriguing topic! This one has a fantastic start! Excited for the rest and then of course for more!!K. Ward, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Wish Granter (Ravenspire Book 2) by C. J. Redwine

Book two in the Ravenspire series is a fairytale retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, featuring bastard princess Ari on a quest to save her twin brother’s soul. The twins lives are in ruin after their mother was murdered, and now Ari’s brother Thad takes the throne of a kingdom full of unexpected violence that he cannot stop. As Ari beings to train to possibly take her brothers place, she realizes that his rise to the throne was caused by a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked her bother. With the help of some allies, Ari must fight Teague and hopefully save her brother, and herself.

What do readers say?

I really enjoyed this book. This book has wonderful characters and a wonderful plot. I enjoyed reading this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I had a hard time putting this wonderful book down. I am looking forward to reading the next book be in this wonderful series.Lorin, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Cinderstellar: A Space Age Fairy Tale: Star-Crossed Tales by J. M. Page

Fairytale retelling Star-Crossed Tales reimagines the classics with a scifi space theme. Book five features Stella, who only wants to be a pilot like her mother, who died years ago on a space mission. Her father, the Commandant of Starforge Academy, and her stepmother won’t let her even try. Stella sneaks into the simulators at night, and then hides the evidence. But when superstar pilot Prince Dax begins to learn that his simulator scores are being beaten, he has to find out who’s beating him. Will he find the space girl of his dreams? Or will Stella’s stepmother ruin everything?

What do readers say?

I’ve never read anything by this author and i have to say i loved this book. It was one of the best cinderella renditions i’ve ever read. I wont go into any details except to say you know the story of Cinderella and although its very different some elements remain. Like what the main character considers her evil stepmother and her evil step sister. This is a standalone and has a HEA.”Pheobe, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Midsummer Captives (Firethorn Chronicles Book 2) by Lea Doué

This is a young adult fairytale retelling of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Princess Gwen has buried her heartache for the neighboring kingdom’s lost heir, and sworn to a life of service to her eleven sisters. Recently she took the challenge to arrange a match with the lost heir’s young brother and her sister Hazel. When her traveling party is attacked, she retreats deep into the forest to find an imprisoned blindfolded man. As prisoners, they must deal with a beautiful captor with evil plans that could be the ruin of both Gwen, and her familiar friend.

What do readers say?

“The second installment of the Firethorn Chronicles was absolutely amazing. The dynamics between take charge Gwen and demure Hazel were definitely on display in this one. The antagonist (Sissi) was truly heinous. I think her character was almost as (un)likeable as Delores Umbridge. So far this series has been very well written, easy to read, and entertaining. Once again, a story line unlike anything else out there! Very original, and I love it!Badwolfbeautiful, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by

Casey Lane, Ella Summers, KM Shea, RaShelle Workman, Rebecca Hamilton, Cameron Jace, Brittany Fichter, Shari L. Tapscott, Jamie Campbell, May Sage, Conner Kressley, T. Rae Mitchell, Aya Ling, AW Exley, Melanie Cellier, Rachel Morgan

This great collection of short stories feature fifteen classics reimagined. Fairytale retellings ask questions like “What if Beauty was the beast?” Sixteen different authors worked together to bring us this trove of reading treasure. Each has an unexpected ending, and a features your favorite protagonists in unexpected ways.

What do readers say?

“I don’t know who came up with this idea, but it is so much fun! I know these are all very good authors and I should expect this, but I was so surprised by the imagination and great twists to these favorite old fairy tales. I have to admit though that I’m most partial to Shari L. Tapscotts “Chains of Gold”. She’s definitely my favorite author. But truly, all of these are great and you won’t be disappointed. Sit back with your favorite hot or cold drink, and be prepared to be swept away to far off magical places and immersed in beautiful storytelling.MountainGirl, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

This young adult reimagined story of Phantom of the Opera gives us Rune, a girl with a  beautiful voice that has a curse. Every performance leaves her sick. With the hope of a cure, her mother sends her to the French boarding school RoseBlood conservatory. Quickly she realizes that something unusual is happening as a vanishing mystery boy named Thorn seems to have a cure with his presence. A phantom haunts RoseBlood, and has dangerous intentions for Rune. Thorn must choose to lead Rune to destruction, or save her and face the phantom himself.

What do readers say?

I read this in 3 days and it was a blast. I have never read phantom of the Opera, but I may have to now. this book takes that idea and expands on it. the characters seem to be alive and real which is very rare to find in a book. I won’t put any spoilers here , but if you want a great read definitely pick up this book.Kitty L. Hoffman, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Sleeping Beauty (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 8) by K.M. Shea

Briar Rose is a clever peasant girl that discovers the true horror that she is the mysterious Princess Rosalinda who was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep in await for true love’s kiss. Briar is reunited with her family just as the evil mage that cursed her as a baby returns to wreck havoc on the kingdom. The chooses to protect Briar instead of the people, so Briar vows to save her people with the help of her childhood friend and protector, Isaia. Will the curse overcome her again?

What do readers say?

I seriously love any book by KM Shea! This one was great. I loved the heroine, spunky, head strong, brave. I want to be as cool as Briar Rose in this book.
It’s a great spin on the traditional fairytale, but goes beyond the kiss and leaves the story open for more fun!
As with all her fairytale books I love how old characters are weaved in and how we learn more about this fabulous world! Well done!
Leasha, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Silent Mermaid: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid (The Classical Kingdoms Collection Book 5) by Brittany Fichter

This young adult fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid gives us Princess Arianna, who after being touched by the sun has become neither fully mermaid, nor fully human. When her family and kingdom are lost to a war between man and merfolk, she must escape to the prince that she once saved. Prince Michael has his own problems, and has little time to pay back the help that Arianna gave him. But he begins to hear the girl that cannot speak, and realize that she may be the one person that he can’t live without.

What do readers say?

“It was annoying that I had to go someplace and I couldn’t put the book down cause I wanted to see what would happen next. I wanted to read just a little more before leaving. It was a very good clean story; well developed characters and interesting take on the fairy tale. I loved that it showed the Arianna’s struggles with being different and how she gained her confidence in the end and became comfortable with who she was. This is the fourth story I have read from this author and will continued to look for more.Laura, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (The Four Kingdoms Book 3) By Melanie Cellier

This is another great Rumpelstiltskin fairytale retelling, and book three in the Four Kingdoms series. Princess Marie of Northhelm lives a disciplined life of strict rules. As a lie at the center of her life is exposed, everything is changed and Marie is forced to join a the charming Rafe to save the kingdom. Marie secretly quests to discover her own identity, as she begins to feel attracted to Rafe. With destruction to her kingdom coming quickly, she will have to decide what’s most important.

What do readers say?

“I loved Marie and Rafe’s story!! I’ve been waiting for Marie’s HEA since I read about her in the first book in the series: A Princess Companion. (If you haven’t read it yet, go back and do it – you won’t be sorry!) But this book can definitely be read as a standalone, so no worries there. I like how Melanie incorporates all these fairytales into her Four Kingdoms stories but puts her own twist on the original so that you don’t know exactly what’s coming. I’m a big fan of clean romance and this story definitely hit the spot!! I stayed up late to read this one because I had to read “just one more chapter,” and that one more chapter turned into the entire book. I have no regrets for the loss of sleep when it comes to a good story. 5 stars and two thumbs up!April Hogue, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

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