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Fairytales Retold

If you love TV series like Once Upon a Time, Grimm, or Sleepy Hollow, you'll enjoy these re-tellings of classic fairytales.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen — Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer
cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war
that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown
woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules.

Charlie Glass's slippers: a very modern fairy tale by Holly McQueen — In this delightful spin on Cinderella , Charlie Glass inherits her father's shoe empire and snatches up a drop-dead-gorgeous, multi-millionaire Prince Charming. But is he truly the key to her happily ever after?

Charming by Elliott James — John Charming comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns.

The Cinderella rules by Donna Kauffman — The three fairy godmothers of Glass Slipper, Inc. guarantee they can bring out the princess in any woman. But they'll have their work cut out for them with Darby, who's more comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots than designer gowns.

Mirror mirror by Gregory Maguire — Set in Renaissance Italy, Maguire's intricate retelling of Snow White draws a link between the
original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its
enemies. Also available in ebook.

Poison: a wicked Snow White tale by Sarah Pinborough — An enticing retelling of the classic story of Snow White. While the the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl--and of course the poison--all appear, this provocative spin will captivate fans of the fairy tale all over again. Also available in ebook.

Red Hood's revenge by Jim C. Hines — As a conflict wages between humans and fairies, Roudette, a hunter known as the
Lady of the Red Hood, is hired to assassinate the only human to survive her
fighting prowess, Sleeping Beauty.

The snow child: a novel by Eowyn Ivey — This retelling of the Russian fairytale about a girl made from snow is set in Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young girl running through the trees.

While beauty slept by Elizabeth Blackwell — When Elise Dalriss hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered--and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Also available on MP3.