Some are dark, some are chilling, some are a modern retelling of an old and familiar story. Curl up with one of these fairy tales today.
Carmody, Isobelle and Nan McNab. The Wilful Eye. 2013.
Inspired by such classic fairy tales as “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Snow Queen,” collects six stories carrying universal themes of envy, desire, deception, courage, and sacrifice.
Cokal, Susann. The Kingdom of Little Wounds. 2013.
Seamstress Ava and royal nursemaid Midi find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle. On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the city prepares a fête. Yet a mysterious illness plagues the royal family, and a courtier’s hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.
Hahn, Rebecca. A Creature of Moonlight. 2014.
Marni, a young flower seller who has been living in exile, must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and a life with the father she has never known – a wild dragon.
Larson, Sara B. Defy. 2014.
Seventeen-year-old Alexa’s parents were killed by a sorcerer during a raid, so she has disguised herself as a boy, joined Antion’s army, and earned a place on Prince Damian’s guard – but Antion is ruled by an evil king, and “Alex” must find a way to defeat him and protect her prince.
McHugh, Maura. Twisted Fairy Tales: 20 Classic Stories with a Dark and Dangerous Heart. 2013.
Presents a collection of classic and lesser known fairy tales retold with sinister plot twists and macabre characters, including “Rapunzel,” “Molly Whupple,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Island of Skeletons.”
Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012.
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. Followed by Scarlet and Cress.
Moriarty, Jaclyn. A Corner of White. 2013.
Fourteen-year-old Madeleine of Cambridge, England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother’s illness, and fifteen-year-old Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds and find they can be of great help to each other.
Novgorodoff, Danica. The Undertaking of Lily Chen. 2014.
A hapless young man living in northern China is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother’s death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition.
Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. 2010.
After a werewolf killed their grandmother and almost killed him, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.