Hello everyone! It’s time for this month’s recommendations. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am complete trash for fairy tale retellings, so I decided to make them this month’s theme! Let’s get started!
First up, I know a lot of people have already read this series, but I can’t talk about fairy tale retellings without mentioning The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This series acts as a futuristic retelling of different fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White), all while presenting an entirely new story with unique characters. Everything about this series is amazing! The world building is great, its really easy to get invested in the story, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll get so attached to the characters! This is probably one of my all-time favorite series, and definitely one I’d recommend!
The next book I have to recommend this month is A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn. All of Alex Flinn’s books are super fun and well written, and this one has to be one of my favorites! The premise is pretty simple: instead of sleeping for a hundred years, Sleeping Beauty wakes up after three hundred years and has to learn how to live in the modern day. This entire book just has this great balance of humor and fairy tale elements, and it’s great if you’re looking for a fun, underrated read!
Next up we have something for anyone who likes middle grade series: The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley. This series follows two sisters who, after the disappearance of their parents, are sent to live with their estranged grandmother in a small New England town. Here they soon learn that they are not only the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, but also that all of the town’s inhabitants are characters from their fairy tales, and it is up to the family to serve as detectives within the town. There was a time when I was absolutely obsessed with this series, and I think it still holds up! The premise kind of reminds me of the show “Once Upon A Time”, and it’s definitely one of those series that lies right on the line between middle grade and YA!
The next book I have to recommend this month is something that’s been out for a really long time but is also, in my opinion, severely underrated: The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde. This book is actually an anthology of short stories all telling different versions of the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin from different points of view, including the miller’s daughter, Rumplestiltskin, and even the king. This is also one of those books that you can read in a day or two, and it’s all around a really fun anthology!
Finally we have one more novel by one of my favorite retelling authors: Bewitching by Alex Flinn. There are two overarching stories in this book, the first of which follows the witch from Beastly (another great retelling that I highly recommend) through her life experiences and struggles with magic. This is interwoven with the second story, which I don’t want to say much about because spoilers, but let’s just say it’s a modern retelling of a really well known fairy tale from an unconventional perspective. There’s also elements of a few other stories thrown in (including Hansel and Gretel and The Little Mermaid), creating an all-around great and unique retelling!
Well that’s about it for this month’s recommendations! See you next time and thanks for reading!