February 26th is the official Tell A Fairy Tale Day, so what better way to celebrate than by diving into one of our favorite current literary trends: a twisted retelling of a classic tale? No matter what your favorite story is, a fresh twist is always appreciated.
If you love Cinderella…
…read Ella Enchanted
At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy’s gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it’s to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate…
Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.
If you love Alice in Wonderland….
…read the Queen of Hearts trilogy
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
If you love Robin Hood…
…read Robin: Lady of Legend
Robin of Locksley never set out to be a hero, but when circumstances force her to flee her home, she must hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest. Disguised as a man for protection, Robin isolates herself from the world around her . . . until the day she steps in to save a young boy’s life. Thus begins Robin’s rise to leadership in Sherwood Forest and of the other outcasts therein, but while she strives to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people, her efforts enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band. With a secret to hide, a band to sustain, and the Sheriff hot on her trail, Robin will need all her courage and ingenuity if she is to survive.
If you love Peter Pan…
…read the Wendy Darling trilogy
Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life in London. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery, and they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom.
As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from.
…read The Child Thief
This spellbinding re-imagining of the beloved Peter Pan story that carries readers through the perilous mist separating our world from the realm of Faerie. Brom takes a classic children’s tale and turns it inside-out, painting a Neverland that is darker, richer, and more complex than the innocent world J.M. Barrie originally conceived. The Child Thief is contemporary fantasy at its finest—casting Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, even Captain Hook and his crew in a breathtaking new light.
If you can’t pick a favorite…
…read the Lunar Chronicles series
This fantastical sci-fi series takes the fairy tales we all know and love and puts them in Earth’s future. Each book follows a different fairy tale character, but as the series goes on, their stories start to intersect.
Cinderella is reimagined as Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg. Little Red Riding Hood becomes Scarlet Benoit, who’s grandmother is missing. Repunzel is Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood. Snow White is reimagined as Princess Winter, the stepdaughter of the evil Queen Levana.