Booklist: Twisted Tales
We don't know about you, but we're crazy about twisted fairy tales. It doesn't matter what it is... if it involves a retelling of a classic story, we're in.
So we've done you a favor and put together a list of some of the best twisted tales we could find. Enjoy.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Yeva knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering them. Out in the wilderness there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas, or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. When her father goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the Beast he'd been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. As Yeva hunts, she finds a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures she's only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall
A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.
Entwined by Heather Dixon
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.
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector risking his own life in the process.
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
In this twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story, a wealthy teenaged girl who can afford a special mask to protect her from the plague that decimated humanity in the mid-1800s, falls in love, becomes caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow an oppressive government, and faces the threat of a new plague.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen must save her brothers in this outer-space retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A series of sci-fi fairy tales with futuristic twists. The tetralogy includes Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, and Winter, plus a short-story collection called Stars Above and a graphic novel called Wires and Nerve.
A Touch of Scarlet by Eve Marie Mont
Struggling with a failing relationship and her roommate's withdrawnness, Emma finds her return to prep school further complicated by the fact that her life begins to closely echo that of Hester Prynne's in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Celia, who shares mental powers with her triplet sisters, finds competition for a handsome boy with Lo, a sea monster who must persuade a mortal to love her and steal his soul to earn back her humanity.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
In this retelling of Snow White follows the adventures of Lorelai, an exiled princess who is being pursued by a magic-wielding prince serving as the personal huntsman for evil queen Irina, who has charged him with bringing her Lorelai's heart.
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
High-school junior Abbey struggles with the loss of her best friend Kristen, who vanished on a legendary bridge, but her grief is eased by Caspian, an attractive and mysterious stranger she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.
Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
Examines the life of Snow White's stepmother, the Wicked Queen, to find out just what it is that makes her so evil that she would want to cut out her teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered in a locked keepsake box.