What are the best books with a modern day fairy tale theme?

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    #1Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.

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    Sharon Russell
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) is the best books with a modern day fairy tale theme"
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    #2The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    Paul Hayes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a beautiful book that has been well translated and can be enjoyed by both parents and kids. The modernity is about love in a time of stress and it seems like a great childhood book."
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    #3Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.

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    Bryan Williams
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a splendid book, with such great themes of fairy tales. With spells and magic and witchcraft, this book really brings the fairy tale theme to life and revives it with a modern feel that will keep you reading until the end for sure."
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    #4The Phantom Tollbooth

    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Boredom, curiosity, and a phantom tollbooth led Milo to the Lands Beyond, where the boy found out that life is more exciting than it seems. In Phantom Tollbooth, Milo goes on an adventure that he did not think was possible.
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    Jose Simmons
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my favorite books from my childhood. The characters are wonderful, the story is colorful and filled with meaning that even a child can grasp, the world is fleshed out in a way that is not normal in children's books. Overall, a must read."
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    #5The Enchantress of Florence

    The Enchantress of Florence
    Enchantress of Florence is a 2008 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Indian author Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of a European man claiming to be the son of an exiled Indian princess.
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    Albert Mason
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Nothing modern day about objectifying women. This tale is strife with archaic notions that women are only items of sex and lust and the description does nothing to annotate this. A MODERN day fairy tale would involve strong, brave women who find love with equal and magical men OR women."
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    #6The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    This book is a collection of revisited classics such as 'The Red Riding Hood', but with a dark and creepy environment. These stories are held in an enormous gothic mansion, full of dungeons, halls and hidden passages. 

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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to read books with modern day fairy tale themes. My favorite right now is The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. It's a collection of classic stories, but set in dark and scary environments. They are all held in a creepy Gothic mansion. It's a really eye-opening and deeply involving book of stories. If you love classic fairy tales, check this out!"
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    #7Neverwhere

    Neverwhere
    Richard Mayhew is a young businessman whose life changes dramatically when he helps a mysterious young girl, that is bleeding as he walks with his fiancée to meet his influential boss.
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    #8Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 
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    Sandra Wright
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Midnight's Children is a pretty cool modern day fairy tale story. The tale many children born at the stroke of midnight is very interesting. Salman Rushdie is a very descriptive writer and I really enjoy his detailed style of story telling. "
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    #9Invisible Cities

    Invisible Cities
    Invisible Cities is a classic fantasy fiction novel written by Italo Calvino. This magical realism Italian literature book is first published in 1972.
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    Esteban Vázquez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Being a huge fan of fairytales and princess stories I picked this up per recommendation of a friend at our local book club. The author does a beautiful job captivating the reader. I felt like I was in the story the whole time. I really hope they produce a movie based on this book one day."
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    #10Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate is a romantic magical realism novel for young adults written by bestselling author Laura Esquivel. It was first released in August 2002. It was adapted into a an award-winning film. 

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    Aarav Balasubramanium
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you like romantic books then check this one out! Overall good reviews so consider looking this book up."
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    #11The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Julia Córdova
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I really love what Carlos does with this book, honestly. It sets up the rest of the series while still being relatively self contained (in case you only want to read the one), and the characters and conceit are done super well."
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    #12The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits is a classic historical fantasy fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. This magical realism book is first published in 1982. 

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    Judy Bailey
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Allende provided a great vivid description of South America. The House of Spirits is a well written book that gives you a look at the world from a different viewpoint. It was well written but somewhat long. "
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    #13My Name is Rapunzel

    My Name is Rapunzel

    My Name Is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton is a romance fiction on a retelling of the mystery behind Rapunzel's hair. This book was published in 2013 that is definitely crafted from fresh minds.

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    Carl Roberts
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Rewriting a classic fairytale to make it interesting is no easy task. This one is more interesting than some other versions. Keeps you guessing right up to the end of the book."
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    #14The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies

    The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies
    The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies is a Poetry, Art, Fantasy and Children's Fairy tale Picture book written by Cicely Mary Barker. It was published October 14, 2002 by Warne.
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Best What are the best books with a modern day fairy tale theme
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 43 Paid
2The Little PrinceBooks 38 Paid
3Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)Books 35 Paid
4The Phantom TollboothBooks 34 Paid
5The Enchantress of FlorenceBooks 32 Paid
6The Bloody Chamber: And Other StoriesBooks 29 Paid
7NeverwhereBooks 26 Paid
8Midnight's ChildrenBooks 24 Paid
9Invisible CitiesBooks 23 Paid
10Like Water for ChocolateBooks 19 Paid
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