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Fairy Tales Reimagined for Teens

What happens when you re-enter the world of your favorite fairy tale? Each of these titles puts a new twist on a classic like Cinderella, Snow White, and more.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Fairy Tale: "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault

​In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Fairy Tale: "Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

​Presents a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Fairy Tale: "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault

Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • Scarlet (Fairy Tale: "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm)
  • Cress (Fairy Tale: "Rapunzel" by Brothers Grimm)
  • Winter (Fairy Tale: "Snow White" by Brothers Grimm)
Cold spell by Jackson Pearce

Fairy Tale: "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen

When her boyfriend disappears with a mysterious girl, seventeen-year-old Ginny leaves her hometown of Atlanta and fights wolves, escapes thieves, and braves the cold to rescue him.

Crimson bound by Rosamund Hodge

Fairy Tale: "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm

Rachelle must protect the king's bastard son while searching for the weapons that will save her world from endless night.

A curse dark as gold by Elizabeth C Bunce

Fairy Tale: "Rumpelstiltskin" by Brothers Grimm

Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother's ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she's always called home.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Fairy Tale: "The Frog Prince" by Brothers Grimm

When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland-- a man Sunday's family despises.

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Fairy Tale: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Brothers Grimm

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

Gathering frost by Kaitlyn Davis

Fairy Tale: "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault​

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.
Princess of the silver woods by Jessica Day George

Fairy Tale: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Brothers Grimm

When Petunia, youngest of the dancing princesses, is ambushed by bandits in wolf masks on her way to visit an elderly neighbor, the line between enemies and friends becomes blurred as she and her sisters get a chance to end their family's curse once and for all.

Fairy Tale: "Snow White" by Brothers Grimm

When her father, the duke, decides to remarry in the hopes of producing an heir to the throne, Jessica must learn to cope with her jealous and evil stepmother, but she flees to London after the situation becomes dangerous.

Fairy Tale: "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen

After a boating accident takes her beautiful singing and speaking voice from her, Elyse d'Abreau, the youngest of six sisters, leaves her home in Tobago to stay in an Oregon seaside town where Christian Kane, a notorious playboy, challenges her to express herself and to overcome her fear of the sea.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Fairy Tale: "Hansel and Gretel" by Brothers Grimm

When the owner of a candy shop molds magical treats that instill confidence, bravery, and passion, eighteen-year-old Gretchen's haunted childhood memories of her twin sister's abduction by a witch-like monster begin to fade until girls start vanishing at the annual chocolate festival.

Towering by Alex Flinn

Fairy Tale: "Rapunzel" by Brothers Grimm

When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed with which her golden hair has been growing. It's gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she's begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?