YA/Teen fairy tale retellings are exciting books that reinvent our old favourites. I have created the ultimate YA fairy tale retellings books list that has something for everyone. If you are in the mood to read a timeless tale that has been turned upside down, then this is the list for you. Get your coziest reading socks and a cup of tea and be prepared for adventure.
Last Updated: March 2023
YA Fairy Tale Retellings
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
2. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
3. Thorn by Intisar Khanani
4. A Court of Thorns and ROses by Sarah J. Maas
5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
6. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
7. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
8. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
9. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
10. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
11. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
12. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Have you seen the book trailer for House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig? This retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is super creepy. Check it out below!
13. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
14. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
15. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
16. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
17. Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
18. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
19. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
20. Spelled by Betsy Schow
21. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
22. Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
23. Curses by Lish McBride
24. Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent
25. The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell (FAraway Collection)
26. Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
27. At Midnight by Dahlia Adler
28. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
29. Hunted by Megan Spooner
30. Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
31. Malice by Heather Walter
32. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I absolutely love a great YA fairy tale retelling. If you are interested in adding any to Goodreads, I have created a YA Fairy Tale Retellings shelf that you might be interested in. Do you have any favourite YA Fairy tale Retellings to add to the list?
17 thoughts on “YA Fairy Tale Retellings: the Ultimate List”
I love me some good retellings! Really looking forward to FOTL!
I am looking forward to it, too! That cover is so gorgeous! 🙂
I’m really looking forward to reading Spindle Fire! The Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale, and I’m really excited to see how this retelling goes 😀
t does sound like it is going to be an interesting retelling. Not too much longer for this one to release! 🙂
I love retellings so thank you for finding me lots of lovely books to add to my tbr
I hope that you find something that you love! 🙂
I had not heard about Piper, but that has always been one of the most interesting fairytales to me. It’s always so creepy, but I definitely think it would be so interesting in a graphic novel format. You definitely sold me on it. Fantastic post!
You’re right! It is a creepy kind of fairytale. It will be interesting to find out how this graphic novel turns out. I hope that we both enjoy it! 🙂
Great list! I’m so excited for hunted! 🙂
Thanks! I hope that you love it! 🙂
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Spindle Fire are both books that I am very much looking forward to!
They both sound amazing, don’t they?
I’m in love with this list!! Thanks for these awesome recommendations that I will be diving into asap!
These all sound so good that I don’t know which one to pick first!
This list has made me so happy! I love fairytale retellings!! I have to get to work crossing the ones off of my tbr that I haven’t read yet! Thanks for this amazingness!
cinder was really good!!
thanks for sharing. last night I watched a movie: Cinderfella with Jerry Lewis. an old movie, but still wonderful