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Recommended Reading: YA Fractured Fairytales

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

An image of a woman in the trees.

Fractured fairy tales take classic stories and give them a twist! What if Cinderella went to the ball, but as an assassin? How would the story change had the sea witch Ursula prevailed over King Triton and Ariel? This reading list introduces several young adult titles twisting your favorite bedtime stories.

An image of the book cover for The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

A retelling of the classic, "1001 Arabian Nights." A monstrous boy-king takes a new bride each night and kills them the next morning. When he kills the greatest friend Shahrzad has ever had, she vows revenge by pledging to be his next wife. Can Shahrzad get revenge before time is up?

A twist on the classic Cinderella story with cyborgs, lunar people, and deep secrets. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living under her insufferable stepmother's rule. But when she crosses paths with Prince Kai her life changes in unexpected ways.

Alice in Wonderland moves to an urban fantasy world with monsters, Madness, and a gateway to Wonderland. Alice lives in real world Atlanta, but battles monsters in her dreams - the world of Wonderland. She can navigate both worlds expertly until her mentor is poisoned, and Alice is forced to delve deep into the dark world of Wonderland to save him.

An image of Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell.

What if Sleeping Beauty never woke up? Instead Prince Charming falls asleep too! Both Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip are caught in a dream world where they must outmaneuver Maleficent and her agents in order to escape. But the clock is ticking...

When Feyre is on a routine hunt during the cold winter months, she kills a faerie to get to her prey. As punishment she taken to a magical kingdom where she must navigate the faerie courts in this re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast.

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