Fairytale Twists & Retellings

Like any true princess at heart, I love me some fairytales. What I like even more is when someone takes a classic, familiar tale and twists it all around.

Below you will find a list crafted of these tales, arranged predominantly by the story they get their inspiration from. I hope you find your prince among these gems!

1001 Nights

  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Adieh

12 Dancing Princess 

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon (read 2013 ★★★☆)
  • The Girl at the Kingfisher Club by Genecieve Valentine
  • The Night Dance Suzanne Weyn
  • Princess of the Midnight Ball  Jessica Day George 
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Alice in Wonderland

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard (read July 2015 ★★★★)

Arabian Nights

  • A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (read Jan 2017★★★☆)
  • The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey

Beauty & the Beast

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
  • As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
  • Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Beastly Alex Flinn (read July 2014 ★★★☆)
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Beauty and the Beast  K.M. Shea
  • Belle by Cameron Dokey
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • East by Edith Pattou
  • The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
  • Heart’s Blood  by Juliet Marillier
  • The Hollow Kingdom Clare B. Dunkle
  • The Merchants Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
  • Of Beast and Beauty  Stacey Jay
  • The Princess and the Hound by Meete Ivie Harrison
  • Rose Daughter  by Robin McKinley
  • Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow  by Jessica Day George
  • Spirited by Nancy Holdert 


  • Fitcher’s Brides by Gregory Frost


  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Ash & Bramble  by Sarah Prineas
  • Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
  • Bewitching by Alex Flinn
  • The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
  • Charm by Sarah Pinborough
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  • Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
  • Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
  • The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 
  • Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  • Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
  • Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
  • The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


  • Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey

Hansel & Gretel

  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs 
  • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
  • The World Above by Cameron Dokey

Little Mermaid

  • Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
  • Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
  • Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié
  • Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Little Red Riding Hood

  • Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey
  • Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
  • Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce


  • Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Shadows of the Moon by Zoe Marriott
  • The Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey


  • The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey

Peter Pan

  • The Child Thief by Broom (read Nov 2016 ★★★★)
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale
  • Never Ever by Sara Saedi
  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  • Stars by Colleen Oakes

The Princess & the Frog (AKA The Frog Prince)

  • Cloaked by ALex Flinn (read July 2014 ★★★☆)
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • Water Song by Suzanne Weyn

Puss in Boots

  • Puss in Boots by K.M. Shea
  • Reserved for a Cat by Mercedes Lackey


  • Bitter Greens  by Kate Forsyth
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
  • From a High Tower by Mercedes LAckey
  • Golden by Cameron Dokey
  • The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
  • Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett
  • Towering by Alex Flinn
  • Zel by Donna Jo Napoli


  • A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  • The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn
  • Rumpelstiltskin by K.M. Shea
  • The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde 
  • Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli


  • The Little Selkie by K.M. Shea

The Singing Bone 

  • The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins


  • Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Sleeping Beauty

  • A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (read July 2014 ★★★★)
  • Beauty by Sheri Tepper
  • Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
  • Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure
  • Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
  • The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey
  • A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
  •  Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • Sleeping Beauty by K.M.Shea 
  • Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinley
  • Stung by bethany Wiggins 
  • The Wide-Awake Princess the E.D. Parker
  • A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

The Snow Queen

  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce 
  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
  • The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  • Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey
  • The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey

Snow White

  • Beauty by Nancy Ohlin
  • The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
  • Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
  • Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  • Nameless by Lili St. Crow
  • Poison by Sarah Pinborough
  • Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey  
  • Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey
  • Snow by Tracy Lynn
  • Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
  • Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
  • White as Snow by Tanith Lee
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer

Steadfast Tin Soldier

  • Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey

Tam Lin 

  • Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey
  • Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Vassilissa the Beautiful

  • Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Russian Fairytales

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (read July 2017 ★★★★)


  • The Door in the Hedge by Robin Mckinley
  • Grim by Christine Johnson
  • Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
  • The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block

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