Fairy tale retellings have their own kind of magic. When someone can take something so familiar and turn it on its head, while making the original elements just recognizable enough that you marvel at how well they work with the changes...Well, there's nothing quite like that, either.
So, with long late-autumn nights upon us, pull on your best cloak (or your favorite hoodie) and wander into the woods with one of these books. All are available through your local LPLS branch.
(You might want to listen to Neil Gaiman's poem "Instructions" first. After all, fairy tales can be dangerous. It's best to go in prepared.)
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Cassie, the daughter of a polar bear researcher, meets a talking polar bear on her eighteenth birthday. This startling encounter brings her grandmother's fairy tales to life and launches her on a journey. This is a retelling of a Norwegian folktale called "East of the Sun and West of the Moon."
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Sleeping Beauty gets her kiss... from a modern American teenager, 300 years after she fell under her curse! Flinn is also the author of Beastly, which retells--you guessed it--"Beauty and the Beast." (A Kiss in Time is a great choice for readers seeking a lighter retelling. If dark and spooky isn't your thing, try this one!)
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
Heppermann blurs the lines between fairy tales and real life with this collection examining the lives of teen girls. The poems are coupled with black and white photographs, and the result is an ethereal yet piercing book.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Nyx has spent her entire life both betrothed to her kingdom's ruthless ruler, the result of a bargain her father struck. But unlike in the original or Disney versions of "Beauty and the Beast," Nyx has also been trained to assassinate the king. This Belle kicks butt.
Ash by Malinda Lo
This one really feels like a fairy tale: ethereal forests, quaint villages, and an ever-present undercurrent of magic. But sinister faeries and a female huntress love interest add new life to the familiar "Cinderella" story.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
If the phrase "Cinderella with cyborgs" piques your interest, this futuristic sci-fi series opener is for you. The Lunar Chronicles continue with retellings of Little Red Riding Hood (in Scarlet) and Rapunzel (in Cress).
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The Fenris--vicious werewolves--have killed Rosie and Scarlett's grandmother and left Rosie disfigured. Now, the sisters ruthlessly hunt the Fenris. But as more and more teenage girls fall victim to the wolves, Rosie begins to long for a life outside of the hunt.
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
Rowan Rose's tranquil life is upended when dark riders pass through her town en route to hunt an evil in the forest beyond. They never returned. And their quarry followed their path out of the forest, straight to the unsuspecting villagers. Creepy YA with aspects of several different fairy tales.