This month in the Teen Scene we’re displaying some fractured fairy tale books. They’re like the storybooks and Disney movies you grew up with, but a little more… complicated. Check them out in the Teen Scene today, or put a hold on them if someone’s already beat you to your favorite!
- The Rose and the Beast, by Francesca Lia Block.
Presents nine classic fairy tales set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist.
- A Curse Dark As Gold, by Elizabeth Bunce.
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family’s woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
- Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross.
When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm’s fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn.
A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
- Cloaked, by Alex Flinn
Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his
family’s struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian
Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
- Reckless, by Cornelia Funke.
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
- Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica George.
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king’s gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
- Just Ella, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming’s proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
- Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale.
Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by
towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel’s gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws–including Gothel.
- Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine.
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.
- Ash, by Malinda Lo.
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.
- Spindle’s End, by Robin McKinley.
The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia’s vengeful powers.
- Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce.
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother
and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.
- Toads and Diamonds, by Heather Tomlinson.
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift’s purpose, discovering romance along the way.
- Cloaked in Red, by Vivian Vande Velde.
Presents eight twists on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, exploring such issues as why most characters seem dim-witted and what, exactly, is the theme.