When it comes to modern fairy tales, there are many options to choose from. There are retellings, lost stories, contemporary fairy tales, and books about fairy tale princesses with a difference. These types of books are perfect for a young reader who wants to fall in love with a story different from the one they are reading. They can be a good way to teach kids about the various mythical creatures and events that have come to be part of our culture, but they are also fun for adults to read as well!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a young adult science fiction novel by Marissa Meyer, published in 2012. It is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, which retells the classic fairy tale Cinderella set in a futuristic world. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans and androids coexist. Cinder is a cyborg, meaning she is a human with machine parts. Throughout the story, Cinder struggles to find her place in a world where she is rejected by society while also fighting to protect the people she loves. The novel is a thrilling blend of action, romance, and political intrigue and has been praised for its strong female protagonist and creative retelling of a classic fairy tale.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a young adult fantasy novel by Melissa Bashardoust, published in 2017. The novel is a feminist retelling of the classic fairy tale Snow White. The story follows two women, Mina and Lynet, who live in the kingdom of Whitespring. Mina is the daughter of the ruthless king and a magician who has used her magic to create a heart of glass that keeps her alive. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that will leave readers captivated until the very end.
Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest
Thief of Cahraman is a young adult fantasy novel by Lucy Tempest, published in 2018. It is the first book in the Fairytales of Folkshore series. Thief of Cahraman is a thrilling adventure that blends magic, romance, and political intrigue. Alessandra is a strong and capable protagonist, and her journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns. The novel has been praised for its engaging plot, well-developed characters, and creative retelling of the classic fairy tale Aladdin. It is a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a young adult fantasy novel by Brigid Kemmerer, published in 2019. It is the first book in the Cursebreakers series. A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a captivating retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Kemmerer’s writing is gripping and emotional, and her characters are well-developed and relatable. The novel has been praised for its diversity and representation, particularly for its portrayal of Harper’s cerebral palsy.