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Best YA Fairytales

I am always frustrated by happy endings. Every fairytale has one, but a “happy ending” isn’t the end-- it’s the beginning. So much emphasis is placed on achieving happy ending status, but there are no books or movies chronicling happily ever after. And that is because it's boring. After a long journey with trials and tribulations, we wave goodbye to our main characters knowing full well that we are lucky to get to read about the journey rather than after ever after.


1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (an edgy, romantic story about Wonderland’s legendary Queen of Hearts)


2. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine (inspired by the story of Snow White)


3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (a Beauty and the Beast retelling)


4. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (based on the underrated Brothers Grimm fairy tale Maid Maleen)


5. Thorn by Intisar Khanani (inspired by the Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm)


6. The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Hocus (a paranormal fantasy retelling of the Irish fairytale Jack O’Lantern)


7. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (a haunting, murder mystery version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses)


8. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (the story of Cinderella from the point of view of her “ugly” stepsister)


9. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (sassy, modern retelling of Snow White that leaves you wondering which characters are good and which are evil)


10. Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (magical retelling of Swan Lake)




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