What are the best must-read fairy tale retellings for young adults?

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    #1Beastly (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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    Eric Watson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 15 year old twin daughters. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while they read to themselves at night. I found this amazing book called "Beastly" which is an young adult fantasy and fiction novel that is a retelling of the story of beauty and the beast. This enchanting story is about consequences, redemption, and the transformative nature of love. My daughters are absolutely enchanted and in love with the story. Thank you!"
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    #2Cinder (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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    Kenneth Stone
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book has many interesting stories that are really interesting to read. They are funny and exciting to read as a young adult. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fairy tales, and perhaps wants to read something different then the regular ones."
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    #3Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.


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    Zachary Mills
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "we celebrate Perrault's birthday with a list of newly released fairy tale retellings that put a twist on fantastical stories that have captured our hearts and imaginations for ... Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making."
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    Scarlet is one of Robin Hood's band of merry men, and one of his best. This brilliant boy thief, however, has one secret that only Robin and his men know: Will Scarlet is actually a girl!

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    Frank Kelly
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Pick up this fabulous book and I had to say this is a pretty good fairy tale book for young teens. Scarlet is a women who is trying to avoid a bad guy like no other and decided to hide in Robin Hood group of thieves. There is a little bit of love triangle in the book that keeps it interesting since the book tends to be slow on the tell tale side. I would recommend it if you enjoy a retell of Robin Hood and his thieves with a slight twist."
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    #5The Iron King (The Iron Fey)

    The Iron King (The Iron Fey)

    The Iron King, the first book in Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, is about Meghan, a normal girl who discovered she was the daughter of a faery king that is in the middle of a deadly magical war in the faery world.


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    Lisa Henderson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Could be better"
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    In Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty goes to the enchanted castle in the forest as a willing prisoner. She tames the Beast during her stay and they lived happily ever after.

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    #7My 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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    Jack Matthews
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Everyone has read or heard of the story of Rapunzel. My Name is Rapunzel is an interesting re-telling of that story targeted towards young adults. While it was interesting at some points, I believe it falls short compared to the original."
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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is a romantic fantasy novel originally published in 2011. This book tells the story of Helen Hamilton as she unlocks her identity revealed to be the Helen of Troy in today's world.


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    Paul Curtis
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "a great romance for the ladies"
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    #9Princess Academy

    Princess Academy

    Princess Academy is a novel by Newbery Honor-winning author, Shannon Hale. It tells the story of a girl named Miri as she attends a princess academy with other girls from her village, all in the hopes of becoming chosen by the prince.


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    Alan Sanders
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "We must already change these themes of princesses, that is why women grow insecure always looking for their prince (a human being who accepts them) as if they were inferior or were animals, on the other this very well written book but again what I repeat I have to change these tales of princesses"
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    #10Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

    Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

    Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a fantasy fiction book for young adult written by Jessica Day George. This book was originally published in 2008.


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    Richard Fox
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "are you looking for fairy tale retellings for young adults? then pick Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. it is a very ineresting and good read."
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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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    Jack Wallace
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is such a great book for young people. This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles series written by Marrisa Meyer. Great action and story telling make this a great book to read. The action is almost non stop as the evil Queen Levana tries to invade earth. This will have any reader on the edge of their seat as the see if the defenses stop her or not. A really exciting book."
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    #12Princess 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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    Grace Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was great, I'm a young adult and have a hard time finding good books. Most seem too young or too old but this was good."
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    Entwined is a fantasy thriller novel for young adults written by Heather Dixon. It was originally released in March 2011. It is about a young woman who made a deal with a mythical creature so she can enjoy her nights.


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    Angela Stanley
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book reads like a fairy tale, but also has elements of a horror story. There is both innocence, dancing, and faeries... and then terrifying evil. Unfortunately I didn't find the plot extremely unique or groundbreaking, as it reminded me of Coraline (not a fairy tale.)"
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    #14Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.

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    Crystal Hill
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love reading love stories, this story was exactly what I was looking for, it was full of poetry and descriptions of what happens in love stories. The description does a good job telling about the plot."
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    Fairest is a young adult romantic fantasy fiction novel written by Gail Carson Levine. This Snow White retelling tells the story of Aza who has a kind heart who attracts the heart of a prince.


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    Richard Griffin
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I'm not too sure what exactly a retelling is, however the topic itself seems like such a specific topic to ask. I can't dock too many points off the solution since the topic is pretty specific. The solution does however cover the "Retelling" genre pretty well. The prices are decent but the reviews are below 4/5"
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    #16The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl is a young adult fantasy novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee and her magical ability to speak to birds. It is the first book in the Books of Bayern series.


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    Christian Chen
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I ran across this book while looking for a good fairytell book to give my niece. The book itself is about a young girl who has the interesting ability to talk to birds. It's a rather entertaining book and is part of a series of books that continues the story of the young princess and her strange bird talking ability. The story gets more interesting as it progresses as the main character becomes sort of a rebellious young leader though she ends up in desolation after her mutiny in a foreign land. It's worth giving a read especially if you like romantic novels about empowered female characters. "
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    #17Good Night, Fairies

    Good Night, Fairies
    Good Night, Fairies is a Children's Picture book and Fiction novel written by Kathleen Hague, illustrated by Michael Hague. It was published March 1, 2002 by Chronicle Books.

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    Andrea Freeman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great children's book that will help you get through it all. I love the fairy tales that it let you read."


Best What are the best must-read fairy tale retellings for young adults
1Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)Books 29 Paid
2Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 27 Paid
3Ella EnchantedBooks 24 Paid
4ScarletBooks 23 Paid
5The Iron King (The Iron Fey)Books 22 Paid
6BeautyBooks 20 Paid
7My Name is RapunzelBooks 19 Paid
8StarcrossedBooks 17 Paid
9Princess AcademyBooks 16 Paid
10Sun and Moon, Ice and SnowBooks 14 Paid

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