What are the best fairy tale retellings?

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    #1Winter'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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    Ivy Dong
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is a tale of love lost, Kai loves Grace and has forever. Grace pushes him away and when he dreams of a Snow Queen and leaves. Grace realizes what she has done and goes after Kai. "
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    #2Spirited

    Spirited

    Spirited by Nancy Holder is a historical fiction on a dangerous clash between British and French. This book is also a retelling of one of the children classic stories: Beauty and the Beast.

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    Eugene Bates
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you need a new fairy tale book to read you might want to check it out. It most likely will interest you. "
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    #3The World Above

    The World Above

    The World Above: A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood by Cameron Dokey is a young adult fairy tale that will make you reminisce the climbs on the Jack and the Beanstalk.

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    Eric Jordan
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A blend of Jack and The Beanstalk and Robin Hood is how I describe The World Above. This was an interesting retelling of these classic stories with a female lead character. The story starts off somewhat slow, however, once the climb the beanstalk the story becomes much more interesting."
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    #4The Storyteller's Daughter

    The Storyteller's Daughter

    The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of the Arabian Nights by Cameron Dokey is a fiction book on romance and fantasy. This tells the story of a runaway bride in search and in hope of one true love.

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    George Graham
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is an okay choice, but I think more variety would have been better. It's well done but is only about one fairytale, a collection with lots of them would have been better. "
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    #5Sunlight and Shadow

    Sunlight and Shadow

    Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of The Magic Flute by Cameron Dokey is another fresh spin on romantic tales about love and tragedy. Read on how lovers fought for their freedom as they endure trials out of love.

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    Theresa Rivera
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love the Once Upon a Time series of books. They always give you fresh insight into old fairy tales. I reread them all the time and You should give them chance"
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    #6The 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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    Bruce Price
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "It's an interesting retelling of the Grimm Brothers' The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which took the original fairy tale and combined it with Arthurian legend making the boy who figures out the mystery behind the girls' worn out shoes, one of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. I thought Character development was little lacking - only two of the sisters have any real role to play and the others are basically about as animated as store mannequins.Also, the protagonist wasn't any remarkable. The villain didn't seem that evil, and the good characters were on the boring side. Characters lacked depth and meaning. The romance was so cliche, but it's same with all fairy tales i suppose. Compared to Jessica Day George's magnificent Princess of the Midnight, retelling of the same story, it's poorly written. The dialogue was unsophisticated and Weyn tended to drop information on you like a brick. I love the story but i was disappointed with this version. 4 stars for the story but 1 star for the version by wayne. "
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    #7The 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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    Janet Simpson
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" is a great fantasy novel for any young adult interested in classic fairy tales. This adaptation has a well written story and characters that really stand out."
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    #8The Diamond Secret

    The Diamond Secret

    The Diamond Secret: A Retelling of Anastasia is a historical young-adult fiction written by Suzanne Weyn about Anastasia Romanov, a daughter of Russia's last tsar. Published in 2009 by Simon Pulse.

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    Elizabeth Delgado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A very lovely story of what we wish the real story was like. Told very much like the 1997 animated movie, with a couple character name differences and plot changes, it should touch the hearts of anyone who loves the Grand Duchess."
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    #9Once: Before Midnight; Golden; Wild Orchid

    Once: Before Midnight; Golden; Wild Orchid

    Once: Before Midnight/Golden/Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey is a fantasy book on a retelling of Cinderella, Mulan, and Rapunzel's happy ending stories. This book gives a fresh spin on those happy endings.

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    Donna Webb
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Dokey is not the first one out there to retell fairy tales (and, of course, that's what fairy tales are made for - retelling!). But this one is fun, interesting - and (best of all) smart. I really recommend this book. I grew up on the very grim Grimm fairy tales - the ones with the murder and gore! I was relieved to read these tales and imagine a safe Rapunzel and characters who found their dreams (because they were capable and smart!). This is a great book. "
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    #10Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty

    Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty

    Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty is a young adult fantasy book by Cameron Dokey which follows the story of Princes Aurore who is cursed but who chose to embark on a quest to save herself and her kingdom. It was published in 2006.

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    Ruth Castro
    Written on April 29, 2018
    " The Once Upon a Time series is a telling of fairly tales. Yet another telling of Sleeping Beauty, this time named Aurore. She learns of a curse that will kill her and harm the kingdom, she sets out of a quest to stop it. Of course along the way she meets a prince."
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    #11Golden (Once Upon A Time)

    Golden (Once Upon A Time)

    Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel (Once Upon a Time) by Cameron Dokey is a young adult romance book on a re-narration of the mystery behind Rapunzel's long hair locks. This book was published i 2006.

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    Emma Baker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A refreshing new take on a traditional story. This retelling had some elements of the original story, but the added twists of why Rapunzel's birth mother rejected her, the presence of the another daughter who was the imprisoned one and the way the long hair was used were all thoroughly enjoyed twists. The relationship with the prince seems a bit rushed at the end, but all ends as it should, as most fairy tales do."
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    #12Before Midnight (Once Upon a Time)

    Before Midnight (Once Upon a Time)

    Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella is a fantasy romance fiction and a part of Once Upon a Time series written by Cameron Dokey. It is published in 2007 by Simon Pulse. 

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    Ken Gong
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I got this to read it to my young daughter since she always loved fairy tale books. This one fell short though, it wasn't very interesting to me or my daughter. It drags on way too much and dwells on boring and unnecessary details."
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    #13Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin)

    Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin)

    Princess of Glass is the second book in the young adult romance trilogy The Princesses of Westfalin written by Jessica Day George which follows the journey of Princess Poppy as she agrees to participate in a royal exchange program.

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    Victoria Campbell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I like fairy tales, but I get tired of the frequent sappiness involved in their presentation. This book is an above average fairy tale retelling. It is a young adult novel, but that does not make it less interesting and enjoyable to me."
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    #14Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation is a classical adaptation and children's pop-up book written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. It was published October 1, 2003 by Little Simon.

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    Nancy Ray
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "On this page there seems to be a contradiction of what is being shown and described by Amazon and what the customers actually received. The description is of a child's book with pop up pages. The reviewers are stating it is a book steered towards adults and not children. I would say the solution glaringly here is to clean up this page."
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    #15Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

    Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen
    Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen is the first novel in the Villains series. This young-adult fantasy fiction novel is written by Serena Valentino, and was published in 2009.
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    Debra Wilson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "It's always neat to think about the villian's side of the story in classic fairy tales, and the Villians series does just that. From the gorgeous cover art to the skillfully thought-up plots, this author doesn't skip a beat in her retelling of the Wicked Queen. These are wonderful books for young adult readers who can't get enough of their childhood favorites. "
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    #16My Fairy Stepmother

    My Fairy Stepmother

    My Fairy Stepmother written by Marni Prince and Jason Price published by Createspace in 2013 is a fictional children's book that gives a fresh perspective on stepmothers. This time Cinderalla is not the hero but her stepmother.

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    Lauren Rios
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Once in a while a book will flip the way you look at things. I like these kinds of fairy tale books because we get to see things from a different perspective. What if cinderellas stepmother was actually the good guy? I love how this book changes things up and makes us look at a beloved classic in a brand new light."
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    #17Snow White & the Huntsman

    Snow White & the Huntsman
    Snow White & the Huntsman is a young adult fantasy novel written by Lily Blake, Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini. It tells the story of Snow White and the evil queen who wants her gone.
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    Philip Ryan
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I always enjoy a new take on a fairy tail but this seems like a very generic novel that doesn't grab me with the idea of it."
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    #18Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    Pinocchio is a  wordless graphic novel created by Winshluss. This sequential art book is first published in 2003 and won the Grand Prize at France's Angouleme comics festival in 2009.

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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This "Pinocchio" is a great starter for kids and a great fairy tale retelling. It's the story exactly as I remember with no weird modern twists. This is filled with beautiful illustration that will keep your kid glued."
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    #19When Dreams Travel

    When Dreams Travel

    When Dreams Travel is a retelling of the stories of Scheherazade written by Githa Hariharan. It was first released in 1999. It is accepted as one of the best retellings of the Arabian folktale in modern times.

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    Maria Aguilar
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Interesting book, but it kind of wanders. The tale is mostly fascinating, with vibrant scenes and characters that feel familiar. It could be tightened up a little bit."
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    #20Mira, Mirror

    Mira, Mirror

    Mira, Mirror is a young adult fantasy novel written by Mette Ivie Harrison. This book was published in 2006. It tells the story of Mira's new life as she gets adopted.

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    Charles Wells
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is such a heartwarming tale of a young girl looking to be adopted. It follows her adventures and you will be so touched by the ending. It's great book for young people or adults."
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    #21The Grail King (Druids of Avalon)

    The Grail King (Druids of Avalon)

    The Grail King is a paranormal romance book by Joy Nash which follows the story of Owein who has a vision of a Roman beauty whom he helps find a grail. It was published in 2006 by Love Spell and is the second book in the Druids of Avalon series.

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    Randy Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The best fairy tale retelling is The Grail King (Druids of Avalon) by Joy Nash. A mysterious Roman beauty demands that Owein, a Celtic druid use his magical gift of the Sight to locate a holy grail, he is, drawn to this woman who has the power to heal his wounded heart, finds himself helping the enemy."
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    #22A Kiss in Time

    A Kiss in Time

    A Kiss in Time is a young adult fantasy book by Alex Flinn that follows the story of Talia, a princess who fell into an enchanted sleep and who was awoken with a kiss by Jack, 300 years in the future. It was published in 2009 by HarperTeen.

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    Doris Kelly
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Sleeping Beauty meets modern day Prince, or so she thinks! This is delightful tale for children to enjoy."
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    #23The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim)

    The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim)

    The Fairest Beauty is the third novel in the Hagenheim series. This young adult fantasy romance book is written by Melanie Dickerson, and it was published in 2013. This Snow White retelling comes with a twisted plot.

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    Aanya Mukopadhyay
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Looooove this book! Can't wait to read the next one!"
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    #24Chimera

    Chimera
    Chimera is a fantasy and adventure novel written by best-selling author John Barth. It was first published in 2001. It won the National Book Award. It is a mixture of Scheherazade stories and Greek mythology stories.
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    Nicholas Obrien
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I like fairy tales with a more modern twist to them. I came here looking for the best fairy tale retellings. I was told to read Chimera. This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was an interesting read none the less."
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    #25Rapunzel

    Rapunzel

    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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    George Castro
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Rapunzel is a classic story that everyone, myself included, grew up with. This version is Grimm's retelling of an old German folktale. It's the first in a long line that leads to modern day versions in various Disney animations and even one of the Shrek series. It travels well."
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    #26Spinning Silver

    Spinning Silver

    Spinning Silver is an adult fantasy retelling novel written by Naomi Novik. It will be published in July 2018 by Del Rey. 

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    Stephanie Hicks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Most people are familiar with the fairy tale of Rumpleskiltskin. This novel takes that simple story to the next level. I would say this is a fantastic fairy tale just for the adults."
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    #27Rose Red and Snow White

    Rose Red and Snow White

    Rose Red and Snow White is a children's fantasy book written by Grimm brothers and Ruth Sanderson. This classic fairy tale fiction book is first published in 1812.

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    Helen Silva
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Rose Red and Snow White is one of the best retellings of a classic fairy tale. This one, about Snow White, spins a sensual, dark tale with some very unique interpretations of the main points of the story. I enjoyed the story but would recommend it for adults only!"
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    #28The Phoenix Dance

    The Phoenix Dance
    The Phoenix Dance is fantasy book written by Dia Calhoun, published on October 11, 2005 by Farrar Straus Giroux. This fairy tale retelling book follows the story of 12 princesses as they dance in madness.


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    Sophia Dai
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Phoenix Dance is the retelling of Grimm's 12 Dancing Princesses Story. It's a interesting fairytale with grown up twists and drama."
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    #29Cinderella 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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    Cathy Jiang
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "You have never heard Cinderella told quite like this version I promise. You will love this as much as your kids will. A warning that this is not for small children. It would be more suitable for kids ages 8 and up. "
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    #30Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair

    Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair
    Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair is the first in theTwice Upon a Time series by Wendy Mass. It is a children's approach on a retelling of the fictional tale of Rapunzel's hair. This book was published in 2006.
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    Alice Guerrero
    Written on April 29, 2018
    " fun, adventurous, and even a little funny at times. One thing I didn't really understand was why the witch does what she does because the author never really gave a solid reason. I would recommend this book to my sister because she loves these kind of books. I love Wendy Mass's Beauty and the Beast book and Rapunzel is my favorite disney character so I enjoyed the book even more."
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    #31Towering

    Towering

    Towering by Alex Flinn is a young adult fantasy on a retelling of the classic tale on Rapunzel's hair as well as the mystery of the tower where she was locked in. This book was published in 2013.

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    Parakram Patil
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I like fairytale retellings. This one is not a disappointment. The author does others too. Very cool to follow the series."
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    #32The Princess Curse

    The Princess Curse

    The Princess Curse is a middle-grade fairy tale book written by Merrie Haskell and was published on September 6, 2011 by HarperCollins. It follows the story of a prince from the kingdom of Sylvania.

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    Charles Ryan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Add: Merrie Haskell won the Schneider Family Book Award in 2014 for HANDBOOK FOR DRAGON SLAYERS, and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature in 2013 for this book, THE PRINCESS CURSE. The Princess Curse has it all, magic, suspense, humor, and adventure. Average 4 1/2 stars on Amazon.com."
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    #33The Archer's Daughter

    The Archer's Daughter
    The Archer's Daughter is an adventurous historical fiction novel for young adults written by Melissa MacKinnon. It was first released in March 2015. It is a retelling and adaptation of the classic Robin Hood novel.
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    Kelly Hill
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Robin Hood is a timeless story that can be told in many ways. This story adapts the iconic tale to suit the modern generation that makes it personal to a millenial such as myself. "
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    #34The Fairest of Them All

    The Fairest of Them All

    The Fairest of Them All is a fantasy novel written by Carolyn Turgeon. This book proves that not all fairy tales easily get a happily ever after ending.

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    Rakesh Subramanium
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I think this is a great solution. The book has an alternate telling of a fairy tale and has good reviews. I would definitely buy this. "
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    #35Crimson Bound

    Crimson Bound

    Crimson Bound is a standalone young adult fantasy series written by Rosamund Hodge which centers on Rachelle who has given her life to serving the realm and fights deadly creatures in an effort to atone after she has been bind to an evil. 

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    Aaradhya Gupta
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is PERFECT. I thing I love about this book is the heroins are very strong girl they are fierce and fight for whatever they believe in, they might make a few stupid mistakes here and there, but who doesn't? I would say Crimson Bound was a mesmerizing read."
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    #36Zel

    Zel

    Zel by Donna Jo Napoli is a romance fiction. This book is a retelling of the mystery behind the classic long hair of Rapunzel as retold in Zel's character. This book was published in 1998.

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    Teresa Domínguez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I am big on romantic fiction and Zel doesn't disappoint. I like that it is a retelling of rapunzel and the character of Zel is so spunky and cute. I also like how the story looks at different characters viewpoints, from the mother to Zel. Great book."
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    #37The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

    The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
    The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a book edited by Maria Tatar which contains 350 full-color illustrations of 26 fairytales, with a discussion of their historical and cultural origins. It was published in 2002 by W.W. Norton Company.

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    Scott Jackson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a great solution for this topic. This would for sure be a good read for children also. I know my kids love stories on fairy tales"
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    #38Cloaked in Red

    Cloaked in Red

    Cloaked in Red is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Vivian Vande Velde which is the retelling of the famous story of the Little Red Riding Hood. 

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    Sara Arias
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "not bad but there are better"
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    #39Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel

    Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel
    Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by Patricia Storace is a children's illustration book on a retelling of the classic tale of Rapunzel's hair. This book was published in 2007
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    Joan Obrien
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This isn't a bad retelling of the original story. I would like to see more like this."
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    #40Rapunzel Untangled

    Rapunzel Untangled

    Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett is a fantasy book on a retelling of the mystery behind Rapunzel's long, sturdy hair. This book is reinvented for young adults. This book was published in 2013.

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    Thomas Thompson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Rapunzel on Facebook is too intriguing to ignore. This has some fun elements, but it also gets dark at times. This is a book for adults, and it comes in at 300 pages, which makes it is even less likely that inappropriate ages will bother with it. "
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    #41Snow in Summer

    Snow in Summer

    Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All is a young adult fantasy fiction novel written by Jane Yolen. It tells the story of Summer as she gets to live with her evil stepmother who also tries to poison her.

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    Nathan King
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is basically the plot of many fairy-tales but set in modern times. Some stories that fall into this category are great but this one is just boring and derivative. Almost on the verge of plagiarism. Not recommended."
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    #42Snow 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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    Theresa Phillips
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "It's a pretty basic retelling but the illustrations are what make it a great book. The art is absolutely beautiful."

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Best What are the best fairy tale retellings
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Winter's ChildBooks 25 Paid
2SpiritedBooks 23 Paid
3The World AboveBooks 22 Paid
4The Storyteller's DaughterBooks 20 Paid
5Sunlight and ShadowBooks 18 Paid
6The Night DanceBooks 17 Paid
7The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"Books 14 Paid
8The Diamond SecretBooks 13 Paid
9Once: Before Midnight; Golden; Wild OrchidBooks 11 Paid
10Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping BeautyBooks 7 Paid
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