YA Retellings

There are sooo many books that are retellings of other stories out there these days! I feel like in 2018, the trend was The Little Mermaid retellings, and this year so far it’s Beauty and the Beast. Here is a big list of retellings if you are looking to get into them, or if you just want to read more of them!

The Little Mermaid

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

This book is more of a backstory for Ursula, but I think villain backstories still count as retellings! I thought it was interesting because you’re wondering how exactly the main character will become the villain you know.

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

This book is definitely the closest to the original story that I’ve read. It is a feminist retelling, but the world is so misogynistic that it kind hurt to read, though the end makes it worth it.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

This one was a bit different because the main character is a siren that gets turned into a human as punishment. I think this one could have been longer, but it was definitely an interesting take on a classic story.

Beauty and the Beast

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This one is definitely the most loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. The main character gets taken and is forced to live in a castle, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

This book is actually an East of the Sun and West of the Moon retelling, but it takes elements from Beauty and the Beast, as well as some other tales. I had never heard of East of the Sun and West of the Moon before, so when I read the book, I definitely thought it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I haven’t read this one yet, but I do know that a prince is cursed to repeat the same autumn until a girl can fall in love with him. It has a pretty high rating and I’ve seen good reviews for it, so I think it will be good!


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

This is a retelling of Snow White and it follows both a princess and her stepmother when she was young. This book was so unique and interesting, from the magic to the relationships!

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This is a retelling of The Goose Girl, which I had never heard of before this book. It does seem to follow the fairytale pretty closely, but it is still a very enjoyable book!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, specifically a backstory for the Queen of Hearts. This is definitely one of my favorite (and most heartbreaking) retellings! This one leads me into my final category.

The Lunar Chronicles

This is an entire series of retellings set in the future by Marissa Meyer. The books include Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White). Fairest is a novella that is a villain backstory based on Snow White. This series is one of my all time favorites because the fairytale elements are done so well and the overall story and characters are so good!

How many of these have you read? I know there are so many more than these, so do you have any recommendations?

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