Thursday, November 13, 2014
Books for Fans of "Once Upon a Time" - a BIG list
Are you a big fan of "Once Upon A Time"? You are not alone, and there are LOTS of great fairy tales out there for young adults to read. Here are some of my suggestions:
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. The love story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, narrated by Tinker Bell - definitely not Disney, and a little sad!
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce. A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin - woven with mystery and romance.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. A girl struggles with her "grace" - the gift of killing, and becomes involved in a plot to depose a wicked king.
Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon. Inspired by the musical Brigadoon, two teens are transported to the mythical city of Doon, which appears once every 100 years. A clean read, suitable for middle school and up.
Warped by Maurissa Guilbord. Tessa pulls a thread in an ancient unicorn tapestry and travels back sixteenth-century England where meets a handsome nobleman trying to escape a terrible fate.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife. Based on Beauty and the Beast.
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. A dark, scary fairytale with a base of Beauty and the Beast. Described by one reviewer as part Shrek, part Tangled.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Alethea Kontis weaves The Princess and the Frog, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella perfectly into an original and surprisingly complex story that's her own.
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. It was part Sleeping Beauty, part Cinderella, with some Jack and the Bean Stalk thrown in for fun.
East by Edith Pattou. The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" - one of my daughter's favorite books - ever.
Entwined by Heather Dixon. A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Well, there are at least twenty more books I could profile, so I will list them here. Click on the title to check out a description in our catalog!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (first in a series), The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson (a Christian read!), Kissed by Cameron Dokey, Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris (great for middle school and up), Beastly by Alex Flinn (modern Beauty & the Beast), Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (great for middle school), Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivey Harrison, Splintered by A. G. Howard, The Iron King (first in series) by Julie Kagawa, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson, False Princess by Eilis O'Neal, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison, Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton and The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors.