What are the best fairy tale fantasy books for adults?

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    #1The Child Thief

    The Child Thief

    The Child Thief by Gerald Brom tells the story of Peter Pan and the lost boys. Peter saves Nick from being murdered and Peter wants him to come with him in a secret place. There, Peter's dark past has been revealed.


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    Jordan Hoffman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I loved Peter Pan as a kid and The Child Thief is right up my alley. Suspenseful and dark, it entertained me greatly and let me reminisce about the days when I was young and read fairy tales constantly."
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    #2Heart's Blood

    Heart's Blood
    Heart's Blood is the tale of Beauty and the Beast revisited. Caitrin wanders into a strange place called Whistling Tor and starts working as a scribe for the village chieftain, Anluan. Together, they work to break the curse on him and his people.

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    Bobby Kim
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a fantastic example of a fairy tale fantasy book made for adults. Any person looking for that category would enjoy this book. "
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    Cress, the last book in Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles, is about Cinder and Captain Thorne trying to stop Queen Levana from invading Earth with the help of Scarlet, Wolf, and Cress, who is yet to be freed from the queen's grasps.


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    Carol Medina
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Remember loving those fairy tale stories as a kid? Now we can enjoy them as adults, with a bit more detail. Sometimes it's good to get away into a fantasy world, and these books help get me there and away from the stress of everyday life. Treat yourself, draw a bath, and get lost in another world for a while with these fairy tale books."
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    #4Alice in Zombieland

    Alice in Zombieland

    Alice in Zombieland is the first book in the White Rabbit Chronicles series. This book by Gena Showalter tells the story of Alice Bell who must fight the undead to avenge her loved ones. 


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    Crystal Bradley
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "It is a good book if you enjoy a younger feeling book, kind of like Twilight. It is based off teens so be prepared for angst and drama. If you are wanting a more adult style then this book is definitely not for you."
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    #5Cinder (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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    Rafael Leal
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Cinder is a book in the Lunar series by Marissa Meyer. This series is a NY Times bestseller so it will be a great read for almost anyone interested in fantasy books. "
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    #6Winter's Child

    Winter's Child

    Winter's Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen by Cameron Dokey is a romance novel which gives a new twist on fairytales. This young adult book tells how romance and friendship intertwines.


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    Emma Wong
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Winter's Child is a great read."
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    #7Beastly (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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    Lauren Rios
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This tale version is one of the best i have read, i have had a very good time reading this book, and i suggest it to all readers who want to have a special time, because i am sure that this book has quality, good writing and tells a very special story. "
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    #8Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella

    Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella

    Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella is a book written by Nicki Elson. It was published in 2013. It tells the story of Hans and Liesel who get into the wilderness that was once the zombies' site. True love will be challenged to Hans.


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    Joshua Boyd
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A good reinterpretation of a classic fairy tale. It is not a children's story the way Nicki Elson retells the story. A good novella with some surprises. I found it to be on the scary side but I am not an avid reader of zombies or horror."
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    #9The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"

    The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"

    The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin by Suzanne Weyn is a young adult fantasy. This book is about how passion on weaving and taking risks can fall one into a trap.


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    #10The Night Dance

    The Night Dance

    The Night Dance: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Suzanne Wayne is a young adult romance. This book deals with falling in love and finding a way on how to unlock the mystery behind that emotion.


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    Elizabeth Ford
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This solution gives me enough detail to entice me to read this book. It connects with me by referencing a fairy tale I read as a kid, and also tells me how I would enjoy it as an adult (by connecting it to falling in love and the enigma that comes with it). It gives away less information than Amazon. "
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    Uprooted is a young adult fiction novel written by Naomi Novik which centers on 17-year-old Agnieszka living in a village under wizard Sarkan, known as the Dragon. This has won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel. 

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    Sean Fox
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This looks like a fun fantasy novel for a wide variety of ages. This is from a prolific modern author of fantasy novels. The cover art also gives a great indication of the style the book is presenting. User reviews are extremely positive, and this novel, along with the rest from this author are very popular."
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    #12A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in a trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. The story revolves around Feyre as she is captured by the powerful Tamlin and brought to the magical land of Prythian. As time passes, her feelings for Tamlin grow into something more. 


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    Theresa Barrett
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I wanted to find something to take me away to another world after I put the children to bed and this was exactly it. This is definitely a fantasy book for adults and not for young adult readers as I would not let a teenager read this but for adults it is incredible."
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    #13Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a modern gothic novel written by Susanna Clarke. First published in 2004, it is the presents an alternate history set in the 19th centure England.


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    Carmen Méndez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Typically I am not into fairy tales for adults. This book has opened a new genre for me."
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    #14Rose Daughter

    Rose Daughter
    Rose Daughter is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Beauty spends seven days with the Beast in his castle and manages to bring life back into the place. She falls in love with him and they live happily ever after. 

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    Ethan Williamson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Robin McKinley writes a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast in her book, Rose Daughter. It does not follow the story exactly however, It is very descriptive and vivid, which I found enchanting. I found it to be an enjoyable read as some parts were simply magical."
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    #15A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas that tells the story of Feyre. She saved the Fae kingdom from the evil queen and she is now facing the new chapter of her life. 


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    Joan Bowman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book does fit the category, but only partially. This books is full of fantasy, but I would not consider it fairy tale or adults based. Because, in the book reviews it has been entered into the category for teens. However, some of the reviews have stated that it is an young adult fantasy. "
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    #16Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest is the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. This book was originally published in 1999. This book is a good mix of fantasy, romance, and history that every young adult may enjoy to read.


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    William Brooks
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the combination of genres, and they all flow so well. I got this book because I thought it was going to be an easy read and would finish it in a few hours and I did. I read it and y daughter read it and she love it. We are looking forward to other series of these books. It's totally the best fairy tale fantasy book."
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    #17Snow White

    Snow White

    Snow White is a fairy tale book written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. It is illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman and translated by Paul Heins. It is first published in 1812. 


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    Justin Hopkins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Snow White story is very familiar to us that had a disney- filled childhood, so if you are looking for a deeper meaning to a nostalgic work, this is the book for you. The illustration on the cover is beautiful and well worked on, so I believe this book may entail some surprising elements."
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    Rapunzel is a fairy tale retelling book written by Jacob Grimm. This fantasy book became a part of Children's and Household Tales book and it is first published in  1812. 


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    Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This definitely the adult telling of the tale, and not just a cartoony rendering of the Grimm fairy tales meant for kids. There is a decent amount to analyze in this book if you are into these types of fables. If you are looking for the original story as Jacob Grimm intended to tell it, this is the book you want."
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    #19Cinderella and Other Tales

    Cinderella and Other Tales

    Cinderella and Other Tales by the Brothers Grimm Book and Charm is a classic fairy tale retelling written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. It is first published in 2003. 


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    Aadhya Kadam
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book provides a way to introduce small children to the classic fairy tales The brothers Grimm have provided a way for readers to enter into a world of magic and adventure with these enchanting fairytales!"


Best What are the best fairy tale fantasy books for adults
1The Child ThiefBooks 58 Paid
2Heart's BloodBooks 55 Paid
3CressBooks 53 Paid
4Alice in ZombielandBooks 49 Paid
5Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 48 Paid
6Winter's ChildBooks 45 Paid
7Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)Books 43 Paid
8Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale NovellaBooks 41 Paid
9The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"Books 39 Paid
10The Night DanceBooks 37 Paid

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