Despite having been around for hundreds of years, authors continue to come up with fresh, new ways to portray the classic Fairy and Folk Tales we all know and love. From Marissa Meyer’s envisioning of Cinderella as an android, to A.C. Gaughen’s use of gender swapping in her portrayal of Robin Hood, readers can’t seem to get enough of these twisted Fairy Tales! Check out some of the new retellings that CPL has in their YA collection below, and place your hold on them today!
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
In this romantic retelling of Arabian Nights, clever thief Aladdin finds a magical lamp containing a jinni named Zahra who has been imprisoned for 500 years. While she may look to be only 17-years-old, Zahra has lived for over 4,000 years, passed along from one master to the next. When the King of the Jinn offers her the chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity, only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin.
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” The Great Hunt focuses on the kingdom of Lochlanach, where a strange beast is terrorizing the people. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona – kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
A suspenseful reimagining of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful,” set in a darkly magical version of present-day Brooklyn. In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters. When Vassa accidentally catches Babs Yagg’s attention, she finds herself making a deal: if she works (and survives) three nights in the store, Babs will let her live. But making deals with the witchy Babs can be tricky, luckily Vassa has some magic of her own up her sleeves!
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
In this retelling of Snow White, readers follow the adventures of Lorelai, an exiled princess who is being pursued by a magic-wielding prince serving as the personal huntsman for evil queen Irina, who has charged him with bringing her Lorelai’s heart. But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled prince. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
In this retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, the kingdom of Khorasan is ruled by a murderous Caliph named Khalid. Each night the 18-year-old takes a new bride, only to have her killed come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, she vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahzrad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the Caliph’s reign of terror once and for all. Night after night Shahrzad beguiles Khalid by weaving enchanting stories that ensure her survival, but quickly discovers that the Caliph might not be the monster she had imagined after all.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Drawing inspiration from Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Thorns and Roses focuses on a world where humans and Faeries live apart. When Feyre, a girl who hunts for her family’s survival, kills an enormous wolf, a fierce Fey named Tamlin appears on her doorstep seeking her life as retribution. Feyre reluctantly follows Tamlin to his kingdom, where she discovers that his lands have fallen under a horrible curse, one that only she may be able to break.