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Fairy Tale Reads for Teens, Part 2

Frog Prince

July 8, 2020

A few weeks back, we posted a list of fairy tail retellings for teens. These novels retold the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and other famous tales in modern times, or with new twists to the stories.

Since there were so many good recommendations to share, we had to split the list into two parts. Below, you'll find the second list, which features retellings for such tales as Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, and others. 

Enjoy these young adult and middle-grade (MG) novels that use fairy tales as the basis for the story, and let us know - what's your favorite fairy tale adaptation or retelling?​


Book Cover: CLOAKED

"CLOAKED" by ALEX FLINN

Also available as an e-book

I’m not your average hero. I’m just a poor guy working an after school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop. I’m helping my mom make ends meet, ok? But then a little magic changed everything. It all started with a curse. And a…frognapping? And a hot princess who’s asked me to lead a rescue mission. With no fairy godmother is sight, but I fell in love. Before I knew it I was spying on enchanted swans, talking with a fox named Todd, and got nearly trampled by a giant in the Keys. I don’t believe it all either, but I know it’s all true, the second I got cloaked.

Book Cover: ENCHANTED

"ENCHANTED" by ALETHEA KONTIS

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The first in a series of fairy tale novels. It’s not easy being the overlooked and unhappy youngest sister, especially when you are the seventh girl in a family of girls all named for days of the week. Sunday’s only joy is writing stories, although what she writes has a tendency to become true. Then Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories and the two become friends. Soon, it’s clear that their relationship is becoming something more and magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog and leaves, not realizing that she’s broken his curse and turned him back into Rumbold—the crown prince and a man her whole family hates!

Book Cover: FROGKISSER!

"FROGKISSER! " by GARTH NIX

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Princess Anya is forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband. Plagued with the ability to break curses with a magic kiss. Now she’s forced to go on the run when her evil stepfather decides to make the kingdom his own. Aided by a talking dog, a thief trapped in the body of a newt and some mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest. And if she plays it right, this will free her land and teach her about the uses and abuses of power and finding friends. 

Book Cover: THE PRINCESS SPY

"THE PRINCESS SPY" by MELANIE DICKERSON

Also available as an e-book and an audiobook

One of the books in the “Fairy Tales Romance” series, Margaretha has always been a romantic. She hopes that Lord Claybrook, her latest suitor, will be her one true love. Then an injured man is brought to her castle, claiming to be an English lord who has been attacked by Claybrook and left for dead.  The fact that Margaretha is the only one who speaks the stranger’s language and the only one who understands his story.  Soon she finds herself unable to pass the message on to her father and convinces herself that the injured man is confused. “Lord Colin” retrieves a lost heirloom from the well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. She knows she could never be a spy—she can’t ever keep a secret and she knows that “Lord Colin” is not her potential true love. Then she overhears Claybrook and discovers her romantic ideas may have been clouding her judgement about the whole situation.

Book Cover: PRINCESS IN THE SILVER WOODS

"PRINCESS IN THE SILVER WOODS" by JESSICA DAY GEORGE

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The final book in the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” series features Petunia, the youngest of King George’s dancing daughters. Invited to visit an elderly friend in Westfalin, Petunia is looking forward to the change of scenery. In order to reach Westfalin, she needs to pass through a strange forest, where two legged wolves are rumored to exist. These wolves are intent on redistributing the wealth of all noble citizens who have entered their territory. The these wolves are more handsome than dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her friend’s home, that she realizes that the kindly grandmother may be an enemy bent on restoring a curse.

Book Cover: SISTERS RED

"SISTERS RED" by JACKSON PEARCE

Also available as an audiobook

Scarlett march lives to hunt the Fenris—werewolves that took her eye when she defending her sister. Armed with a hatchet and a blood red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect all other girls from a horrible death and she will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie, Scarlett’s sister, thought her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts alongside her sister. But as more girls start dying in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself attracted to a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend. Does loving Silas mean losing her sister? The first in the “Retold Fairytales” series.

Book Cover: SCARLET

"SCARLET" by MARISSA MEYER

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison, even though she’ll be on the Commonwealth’s most wanted. Half way around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandma has gone missing. There are many things that Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the danger she’s lived in her whole life.  When Scarlet meets Wolf, a street fighter who may have information on her grandmother, she doesn’t want to trust this stranger, but she’s drawn to him. Now they have unravel one mystery and they encounter another when they meet Cinder.  Now they all have to stay one step ahead of the Lunar Queen. The second book in the Lunar Chronicles.

Book Cover: DUST CITY

"DUST CITY" by ROBERT PAUL WESTON

Ever since her father was arrested for killing Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf, Henry, has kept a low profile at the Home for Wayward Wolves. When a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed. Now with the help of his roommate, Jack and a daring she-wolf, Fiona, Henry has to venture deep into the heart of Dust City, a dangerous metropolis where fairydust is the drug of choice and controlled by a mob of water nixies. Can Henry solve the mystery? Or will he become the latest big bad wolf? 

Book Cover: CRIMSON BOUND

"CRIMSON BOUND" by ROSAMUND HODGE

Also available as an e-book and as an audiobook

Once Rachelle was good—training to protect her village from dark magic. But she had a reckless streak; straying away from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes horribly wrong and Rachelle is forced to make a difficult choice that binds her to the evil she hoped to defeat. Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving her realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone for her sins. The king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates more than anything. Rachelle forces him to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. They must navigate an opulent world of the elite, where beauty and power reign and no one can be trusted. The two of them become allies, and discover a love that may be their undoing.

Book Cover: TOWERING

"TOWERING" by ALEX FLINN

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The final novel in the “Kendra” series is a retelling of Rapunzel! Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama. She was so excited and felt like a princess in a castle. Many years later Rachel knows that the tower is a prison and plans her escape. She is encouraged by the speed of her golden hair’s growth and now it’s long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a man with green eyes. Could he be out there in the world? Is he destined to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?

Book Cover: CRESS

"CRESS" by MARISSA MEYER

Also available as an e-book and an audiobook

In the third book of the “Lunar Chronicles,” Cinder and Scarlet are on the run. They are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope is Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since she was a child with only her netscreens for company. Cress is an excellent hacker and has been forced to work for Queen Leveana. Cress has just received orders to track Cinder and Scarlet. When a daring rescue of Cress goes wrong, the group is splintered and Cress finally has the freedom she wanted, but it came at a much higher price than she’s ever expected. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing stand in the way of her marriage to Kai, especially Cinder. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have planned to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Book Cover: RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE

"RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE" by SHANNON HALE

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Rapunzel escapes the tower on her own and discovers a world that she’d never known before. Planning to rescue her real mother and seek revenge on her kidnapper, Rapunzel and her long braids team up with Jack the Giant Killer and together they perform daring deeds and rescues all over the west, eventually earning the justice they deserve.

Book Cover: A CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD

"A CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD" by ELIZABETH C. BUNCE

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A gold thread promises Charlotte a chance to save her family’s beloved mill: a future, jobs, and security, especially against her grasping uncle. And maybe the chance at true love. But in order to get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with the spinner of gold, Jack Spinner. The gold conjures a shadowy past; secrets that ensnare generations of Charlotte’s family. And what does the mill, her family and her love, what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold.

Book Cover: SNOW IN SUMMER

"SNOW IN SUMMER" by JANE YOLEN

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Summer is as beautiful as the flowers in her father’s garden, with her lily white skin, black hair and ruby lips. Her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale. Her parents sing and dance with her, her family dotes on her and she’s about to get a new baby brother. When the baby dies taking Summer’s mom with him, her fairy tale turns sad and grim. Thing get worse, when her father marries a woman who brings magical mirrors and poisons into Summer’s world. Stepmama puts on a pretty face, but Summer is sure she’s up to no good—and she might be powerless to stop her.

Book Cover: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

"FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS" by JULIE C. DAO

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Xifeng is beautiful and the stars says she’s destined for greatness. She’s meant to be Empress Feng Lu, but only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant, Xifeng wants to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, who has read in the cards and seem glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future life. But is the price too high? In order to achieve that greatness, she must spurn the man who loves her and use the magic that runs through her veins. After all the god who set her on her journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Book Cover: FAIREST

"FAIREST" by MARISSA MEYER

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Pure evil has a name and hides behind a mask. But who really is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, Levana lived a very different story. One that has never been told before.  

Book Cover: NAMELESS

"NAMELESS" by LILI ST. CROW

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When Camille was six, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the seven most powerful families in magic New Haven. Papa adopted the mute child, naming her after his deceased wife. Now Cami is sixteen and though she’s no longer mute, but she keeps her scars hidden and only opens up to her best friends Ruby and Ellie. Even though she’s the heiress to the Vultusino fortune, she also knows that she’s not really part of the Family. Unlike them, she’s mortal and her past lies buried in trauma. What secrets does Cami’s past hold? Now she’s looking to find where she came from and why her past is threatening.

Book Cover: WINTER

"WINTER" by MARISSA MEYER

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Princess Winter is loved by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness. Her beauty is said to be more breathtaking than that of her step mother, Levana, in spite of the scars she has. Winter despises her stepmother and knows that she won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend, Jacin. Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with Cinder and her allies, Winter might even be able to launch a revolution and win.

Book Cover: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

"GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS" by MELISSA BAGHADOUST

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Mina’s mother is dead and her father, a magician, is vicious. Her heart has never beat with love for anyone. In fact she’s never felt her heart beat at all, something she’s always thought was normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees the king, she forms a plan. She will win the king’s heart and become queen and know love. But she’ll have to become a stepmother. Lynet looks just like her dead mother. One day, she understands why:  at her father’s orders, a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image. Lynet would rather be fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish, when her father makes her queen of the Southern Territory, displacing Mina. Now Mina is looking at Lynet with hatred and Lynet must decide what to do and who to be, to win back the only mother she’s ever known.

Book Cover: TENDER MORSELS

"TENDER MORSELS" by MARGO LANAGAN

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Liga suffered horribly in her life. Now she lives in comfort in her own personal heaven, a gift given in exchange for her terrible earthly life. Her two daughters have grown up in this place, protected from violence, especially the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world beckons and magic men and wild bears break down the borders of the refuge. Now, these three will have to survive in a world where beauty and brutality twist together.

Book Cover: ENTWINED

"ENTWINED" by HEATHER DIXON

Also available as an e-book and as an audiobook

When Azalea feels that everything is before her—balls, beautiful dresses and handsome suitors—it’s all taken away. She’s trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s been trapped too, for centuries. He offers her an invitation. Azalea and her eleven sisters step through the enchanted passage to dance in his silver forest, but at a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things and Azalea doesn’t realize how tangled she is in his web until it’s too late.

Book Cover: PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL

"PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL" by JESSICA DAY GEORGE

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The first book in the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” series. Rose is one of the twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spells lies in magic, knitting needles, a cloak of invisibility and, of course, true love.

Book Cover: WILDWOOD DANCING

"WILDWOOD DANCING" by JULIET MARILLIER

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In the castle Piscul Draculi, a father lives with his five daughters. The second oldest, Jena, spends most of her time exploring the mysterious forest with her companion, a frog. The best thing about the castle, by far, is the hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every full moon they pass through to an enchanted forest of the Other Kingdom. There they dance all night the fey creatures of this magical realm. When Father fall ill, cousin Cezar arrives, supposedly to help the girls survive the winter, but Jena suspects there are other motives. Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature in the Other Kingdom, and it’s up to Jena to stop it. Everything is at stake, Jena’s home, her family, the Other Kingdom. Jena will be tested to save her world.  

Book Cover: HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS

"HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS" by ERIN R. CRAIG

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Once upon a time, there were twelve sister princesses. But now loneliness fills the grand halls and rooms now that four of the girls have died. Each death was more tragic than the last—plague, a fall, a drowning and a plunge. The villagers whisper that the family is cursed by the gods. Annaleigh becomes suspicious that her sisters’ deaths were not accidents. They had been sneaking out every night to dance until dawn in silk gowns and slippers. Annaleigh isn’t sure whether she should stop them or join them. Who are they actually dancing with?  

Book Cover: THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS

"THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS" by KATHERINE COVILLE

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Ursula is a young bear working as a governess at the Vaughn estate. Although she is eager to work with her young charge, Teddy, she is also frightened by the strange things that happen after dark in the huge house. Ursula is sure that she’s heard footsteps in the hallway and someone is falling her during her walks. Then, there is Mr. Bentley, a young bear, also employed by Mr. Vaughn whose superior manner is driving her to tears, yet he does make her heart race. In the Enchanted Forest, Ursula works to unravel these mysteries, but she will have to be careful. There is true love, justice and an adorable girl with golden locks at stake.  


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Book Cover: SPINDLE'S END

"SPINDLE'S END" by ROBIN MCKINLEY

Also available as an e-book Pernicia, an evil fairy, has cursed Princess Briar-Rose. She will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an endless sleep. But young fairy Katriona kidnaps the princess in order to save her. Katriona and her aunt raise Briar-Rose and no one knows her story. Pernicia is looking for her, intent on revenge.

Book Cover: A KISS IN TIME

"A KISS IN TIME" by ALEX FLINN

Also available as an e-book Bored by touring Europe, Jack accidently wakes up a sleeping princess who has been asleep for 300 years. Instead of rejoicing, the awakened court is confused to be in the twenty-first century. In order to escape the wrath of the king, Princess Talia flees to Florida with Jack, where a whole new world awaits her complete with cell phones and television. Talia charms everyone she meets and helps Jack sort out his teenage life.

Book Cover: PRINCESS OF THORNS

"PRINCESS OF THORNS " by STACEY JAY

Also available as an e-book Ten years ago, Princess Aurora’s mother sacrificed her life to give Aurora magical powers. Magic is never free. The loss of romantic love is the price Aurora will pay for her magic. Meanwhile, Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. He needs to convince a princess to marry him before he turns eighteen or he will share the fate of his older brothers. Prince and princess meet and now must race to prevent a prophecy foretelling the end of human life.

Book Cover: THE HEALER’S APPRENTICE

"THE HEALER’S APPRENTICE " by MELANIE DICKERSON

Also available as an e-book Rose has become a healer’s apprentice, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter.  Although she feels a bit queasy at the sight of blood, she’s determined to prove she’s capable. If she fails, she will return home and be forced to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen. He’s a bloated and disgusting merchant that makes Rose feel sick. Then Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured and Rose is required to tend to him. As he begins to heal, Rose feels emotions that she’s never felt before and wonders if Lord Hamlin feels the same way. But love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is destined to marry a mysterious young woman. Even as Rose’s life becomes a confused mess, she will take the first steps on the journey toward discovering her own destiny. First in the “Fairy Tale Romance” series.

Book Cover: KILL ME SOFTLY

"KILL ME SOFTLY " by SARAH CROSS

Also available as an e-book and audiobook Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, including her parent’s tragic deaths to the half truths about why she can’t return home to Beau Rivage. There nothing is what it seems: A pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, a playboy who’s a beast to everyone and guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Beau Rivage’s population is playing out ancient stories again and again.

Book Cover: A LONG, LONG SLEEP

"A LONG, LONG SLEEP " by ANNA SHEEHAN

Also available as an e-book Rosalinda has been asleep for sixty-two years, locked in a chemically induced sleep inside a stasis tube buried in a long forgotten subbasement. She has slept straight through the Dark Times that changed the world. Now her parents and first love are long dead and Rose is hailed as the lost heir to an interplanetary empire. Now she’s alone in a future where she is considered either a freak or a threat. Desperate to fit in to this new world, Rosalinda is drawn to the boy who woke her with a kiss, hoping that he can help her fit in. But a dangerous treat jeopardizes her new existence and now Rose must face her ghosts or be left with no future at all.

Book Cover: A WICKED THING

"A WICKED THING " by RHIANNON THOMAS

Also available as an e-book One-hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up after being kissed by a handsome prince and a broken kingdom. All the stories promise a “happily ever after,” but Aurora knows better that the truth is never like the fairy tale. Her family is long gone. Her prince is actually a kind stranger and her whole life has been planned by others while she slept. Aurora fears that the curse has left its mark on her, a dark and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once cursed her. Now her wedding day is drawing near, and Aurora must make the decision on how to save her kingdom; marry the prince or run away.

Book Cover: SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW

"SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW " by JESSICA DAY GEORGE

Also available as an e-book Blessed or cursed? The Lass has the ability to understand animals. When a polar bear seeks her out and promises her family riches if only the Lass will come with him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is more that he seems. Only a journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the bear’s true identity and help the Lass come up with a way to free her bear prince is forced to marry a troll princess.

Book Cover: EAST

"EAST" by EDITH PATTOU

Rose has always longed for adventure. When an enormous white bear appears and makes her a mysterious offer. She accepts, in exchange for the health and prosperity of her family. She must live with the white bear in his distant castle. Rose soon realizes things aren’t as they seem and she makes a devastating mistake. Now she must chose: return to her family or go on a dangerous quest to fix her mistake.

Book Cover: ICE

"ICE" by SARAH BETH DURST

When Cassie was little, she believed her mother was taken away by trolls because of a deal she made with the Polar Bear King. Now she believes that these stories were just stories. Until her eighteenth birthday, when the Polar Bear King arrives to take Cassie as his bride. Cassie realizes that she has the power to save her mother. Cassie makes her own deal with the Bear King and finds herself traveling across the Arctic to lands east of the sun and west of the moon. This journey will each her the true meaning of love, family and what it means to become an adult.

Book Cover: BEAUTY

"BEAUTY" by ROBIN MCKINLEY

Also available as an e-book Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward and no beauty. Her two sisters are the beautiful ones, but what she lacks in beauty, she more than makes up for in courage. When her father returns home with a story of an enchanted forest and the promise he had to make the Beast who lives there. Now Beauty is to marry the beast, so she travels to his castle, a prisoner of her own free will. For what beast cannot be tamed?

Book Cover: STUNG

"STUNG" by BETHANY WIGGINS

Also available as an e-book Fiona doesn’t remember sleeping. But when she opens her eyes she discovers her entire world has been changed. Her house is abandoned; her neighborhood is barren. Even stranger is the tattoo on her wrist; a tattoo she doesn’t remember getting, but must keep hidden at any cost. The world is out of control with a worldwide pandemic, the honeybees have disappeared and the government’s bio-engineered vaccine makes people into beasts, branded to warn the unvaccinated. People work to rebuild society inside a fortress, but Fiona is on the wrong side of the wall.

Book Cover: CRUEL BEAUTY

"CRUEL BEAUTY" by ROSAMUND HODGE

Also available as an e-book and audiobook Betrothed to the evil ruler of the kingdom, Nyx knew that her fate was to marry him, kill him and free her people. On her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on a mountaintop, Nyx discovers nothing is as she expected, especially her charming and wonderful new husband. Nyx needs to save her homeland, but she can’t resist her enemy, who has stolen her heart. First in the “Fairy Tale Series.”

Book Cover: BEASTLY

"BEASTLY" by ALEX FLINN

Also available as an e-book The Beast gets a chance to tell his story. He is a beast. He’s some horrible new creature that walks like a human. This beast has fangs, claws and fur. The spin? This beast lives in New York. It’s not a disease or a deformity; it’s the result of curse placed on him and he’ll stay this way unless he can break the spell.

Book Cover: BEAST

"BEAST" by BRIE SPANGLER

Also available as an e-book Dylan isn’t your typical high school sophomore. Tall, muscle bound and hairier than most, school has not been kind to him. Then his school bans all hats, his preferred way of hiding. He goes up on his roof, falls and wakes up in the hospital with a broken leg, and a mandate to attend a group therapy for self-harmers. He vows to say nothing, until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart and gorgeous. She’s also the first person to call him out on his self-pity.  Jamie and Dylan become more than just friends, but there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group on a day he wasn’t listening. Jamie is a great photographer, a devoted friend who also happens to be transgendered. Will Dylan see it that way?

Book Cover: A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY

"A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY" by BRIGID KEMMERER

Also available as an e-book Once it seemed easy. Prince Rhen is cursed to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over. He knew his curse would be broken if a girl would fall for him. That was before he knew that he would be turned into a dreadful beast, looking to destroy anything. Harper has struggled all her life. Her father is dead and her mother is dying. Her family is barely holding together. Her brother underestimates her because of her handicap. But she’s learned to be tough and to survive. When she tries to help someone on the streets of Washington D. C. she’s sucked into Rhen’s cursed world. First book in the “Cursebreaker Series.”

Book Cover: WINTERSONG

"WINTERSONG" by S. JAE-JONES

Also available as an e-book On the last night of the year, winter begins and the Goblin King rides abroad to find his bride. All her life Liesl has heard tales of the dangerous and wonderful Goblin King. These stories have fascinated her and inspired her music. Now that she’s eighteen and helping run her family’s inn. She feels her musical dreams and fantasies are slipping away. Then her sister is taken by the Goblin King and Liesl has no choice but to journey to his court to save her. The Underground is a strange and captivating world, and Liesl is soon faced with an impossible decision.

Book Cover: THORN

"THORN" by ANNA BURKE

On a cold winter day, Rowan’s father returns from a hunting trip bearing a single white rose. Following the rose is the Huntress. Tall and beautiful, the Huntress brings Rowan to her mountain, populated solely by creatures of the hunt. Rowan once scorned villagers for their superstitions but now she finds herself at the heart of a curse. Torn between her family and the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves.

Book Cover: MECHANICA

"MECHANICA" by BETSY CORNWELL

Also available as an e-book Nicolette’s stepsisters call her Mechanica to make her feel bad, but the nickname fits; she learned to invent from her mother. Her mom is gone now, and her stepsisters made her life into a dreary existence serving them. She discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday and befriends a tiny magical metal horse named Jules. Nicolette starts to imagine a life very different than the one she has. And her timing must be perfect…there’s a technological expo and a royal ball coming up. Nicolette decides to make her own life happily ever after by wowing a prince!

Book Cover: BEWITCHING

"BEWITCHING" by ALEX FLINN

Also available as an e-book A sequel to Alex Flinn’s ”Beastly,” the witch that cursed the Beast, can tell her story at last. She’s immortal and never knows when to stop meddling with her magic and walk away. She wants to help, but things happen in ways that she can’t predict. Now Emma needs her help and she wants to help, but she never knows what will happen once she starts…

Book Cover: JUST ELLA

"JUST ELLA" by MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX

MIDDLE-GRADE  Also available as an e-book You know the story—Evil stepmother, a handsome prince and a ball. Ella manages to succeed in winning the prince and planning her wedding. It’s all wrapped up in one happily ever after, right? Wrong. Life for Ella has become one endless lesson full of do’s and don’ts and worst of all, her prince charming turns out to be Prince Yawn-boring and dull. Why can’t she talk to him the way she can talk with Jed, her tutor? Ella is starting to realize that she doesn’t want the life she fought so hard to win. But breaking her engagement is just as hard as escaping her stepmother.

Book Cover: ELLA ENCHANTED

"ELLA ENCHANTED" by GAIL CARSON LEVINE

MIDDLE-GRADE Also available as an e-book and audiobook At birth, Ella of Frell is cursed by a foolish fairy’s “gift.” Ella is forced to obey any order, whether it’s to hop on foot for a day or chop off her own head! But Ella doesn’t accept her fate. Against a backdrop of princes, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever!

Book Cover: PRINCESS OF GLASS

"PRINCESS OF GLASS" by JESSICA DAY

Also available as an e-book In this sequel to “Princess of the Midnight Ball,” Princess Poppy agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, mostly to escape the troubles in her kingdom. All could be fairy tale happiness, until Eleanor, a hapless servant, is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing against Poppy for the only eligible prince. Ballgowns, enchanted glass slippers and cinders fly in this romantic and action packed quest for happily ever after.  

Book Cover: SHADOWS OF THE MOON

"SHADOWS OF THE MOON" by ZOE MARRIOTT

Also available as an e-book Suzume is trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving and able to recreate herself in any form. An amazing gift for a girl trying to escape her past. Who is she really? Is she of noble birth or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes? Or is she Yue, the most beautiful woman in the Moonlit lands? Who ever she might be, she is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in revenge.

Book Cover: CINDER

"CINDER" by MARISSA MEYER

Also available as an e-book and audiobook New Beijing is a crowded with androids and humans. A deadly plague ravages the population and in space, the lunar people watch, waiting to make a move. The Earth’s fate hinges on one girl—Cinder. Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg. A second class citizen with a mysterious past, blamed for her sister’s illness and hated by her stepmother. Then her life becomes entwined with Prince Kai and she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

Book Cover: ASH

"ASH" by MALINDA LO

Also available as an e-book After her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her stepmother. Consumed by grief, Ash’s only joy comes from rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. She dreams that the fairies will someday steal her away. Then she meets Sidhean and she believes her wish might come true. Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress and her life changes—instead of dreaming of fairies, she’s hunting with Kaisa. Their friendship helps reawakens Ash’s capacity for love. But Sidhean has already claimed her and now she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Book Cover: ASH & BRAMBLE

"ASH & BRAMBLE" by SARAH PRINEAS

Also available as an e-book Pin has no idea how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. Only that she is a seamstress making dresses fit for fairy tales. She wants to end her servitude and escapes with the young Shoemaker. But she’s not free for long before she’s recaptured and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her. A fairy tale story with a charming prince, instead of finding her own happily ever after. 

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"STEPSISTER" by JENNIFER DONELLY

Also available as an audiobook Isabelle should be ecstatic—she’s about to marry the handsome prince. Except, she’s not the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper. She’s the stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into the glass slipper, which is now filling with her blood. When the prince finds out about her deception, she’s turned away. She’s a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a bold girl in a world that demands that she be pliant and good. She tried to fit in; she cut away pieces of herself in order to become what the world demands. Being more like Cinderella, beautiful and sweet. But that only made her mean, jealous and hollow feeling. Now she as the chance to alter her destiny and be more than just an ugly stepsister. After all, it takes more than heartache to break a girl.



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