This Monday is a happily ever after day: National Fairy Tale Day! Who doesn’t love a classic tale filled with magic, adventure and mythical creatures? In honour of this fun day, we’ve gathered up our favourite modern reimaginings. May fairy tales live on forever and ever!
The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman
The Sleeper and The Spindle is a beautifully reimagined fairy tale from our favourite storyteller Neil Gaiman with stunning illustrations by Chris Riddell. It tells the story of a young queen who sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. With the help of her three brave dwarves, the queen heads into the tunnels under the mountain toward a sleeping kingdom. But the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems…
All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? All the Ever Afters is a lyrical and brilliant reimagining of the classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother. When she is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, Agnes is transformed by love for her child. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
We all know this classic retelling of The Wizard of Oz by Gregory Maguire. Read the book that inspired the hit musical! Wicked tells the story of the land of Oz through the eyes of one of the most hated characters: the Wicked Witch of the West. Turns out, she’s not so bad!
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
One of my favourite books of all time, Ella Enchanted is a beloved retelling of Cinderella. Feisty heroine Ella of Frell recreceives a foolish fairy’s gift at birth, the gift of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it’s to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever, and what ensues is an enchanting tale filled with princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers.
Caroline by Sarah Miller
Told from the point of view of our favourite pioneer woman—Caroline Ingalls or “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books—Caroline shares the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier. The beloved Ingalls family is back in a new, captivating story!
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
Another reimagining from Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee is a beautiful story revealing the origins of the famous Nutcracker, intertwined with the story of the mysterious toy maker Drosselmeier who carves him. Hiddensee reveals how the Nutcracker came to be and how he guided a young girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve.
As I Descended by Robin Talley
You won’t want to put down this creepy, modern day YA take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth! In As I Descended, Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple, and they’re willing to do anything (anything!) to make their dreams come true. Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (On Sale 06/12/2018)
Although it’s not out until June, we are so excited for this book! Ayesha At Last follows Ayesha Shamsi, a poet with big dreams who lives with her lively Muslim family. Although she’s lonely, Ayesha doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is smart, handsome, conservative and judgmental… It’s a modern take on Pride and Prejudice and you can start reading the first chapter here!
The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb
The Mermaid’s Daughter is a modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Weaving together a spell-binding tale of magic and the power of love, the novel tells the story of Kathleen, a descendent of mermaids who discovers her origins, and the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Who doesn’t love Sherlock Holmes? A Study in Charlotte is the first book in a suspenseful trilogy. It follows Charlotte, the master detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, and Jamie, John Watson’s great-great-great-grandson, who must unravel the mystery of why they’re being framed for a murder at their American boarding school. This modern take on a classic story is thrilling, with witty dialogue and punchy characters.
Which retellings and reimaginings are your favourite? Do you have a favourite fairy tale? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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