YA Fairy Tale Retellings: the Ultimate List

YA Fairy Tale Retellings: the Ultimate List

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.

Ya Fairy Tale Retellings

Last Updated: August 31, 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

33. The magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

34. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

35. Uprooted by Noami Novik

YA Fairy Tale Retellings

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?

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17 thoughts on “YA Fairy Tale Retellings: the Ultimate List

  1. Antonela says:

    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 😀

  2. Mandy says:

    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!

    • Candid Cover says:

      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! 🙂

  3. megan allen says:

    I’m in love with this list!! Thanks for these awesome recommendations that I will be diving into asap!

  4. Megan Allen says:

    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!

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