Modern Fairytales

As I write this page, I am watching Drew Barrymore in Ever After, a re-working of the Cinderella story. I’ve always loved fairytales. If you love them too, then check out the following books and authors.

Alex Flinn

 Beastly – now a film. A re-working of the Beauty and the Beast tale where a vain, spoiled teenage boy learns the true value of friendship and love.

A Kiss in Time – Sleeping Beauty wakes up to a world of back-packers and mobile phones.

In Cloaked by Alex Flinn you can read modernised versions of lots of fairy tales all woven together into one story.


 Shannon Hale

Read The Goose Girl. I promise you’ll be hooked and will have to read the rest of the books in the series.

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale is an excellent fairy tale with an engaging, resourceful heroine.


Robin McKinley

Two classic fairytales – Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty –  given a new twist.


Entwined by Heather Dixon is a reworking of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. As someone who has two left feet, I still enjoyed this tale which is sweet and sinister – as are all good fairy tales.


A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is a science fiction story but is essentially a sci-fi Sleeping Beauty. Sixteen-year-old Rose is woken from the stasis chamber she has been in for 62 years. The world she knew has gone for ever. Her parents are dead and so is the boy she loved so many years before – or so she believes. Not only does she have to come to terms with the horrible truth about how her parents treated her, her life is in danger.

The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal

Most little girls dream of being a princess. Imagine how horrible it would be if you found out at 16 that you were not a princess at all and the king and queen were not your parents. Even worse, the real, true princess is about to take your place and you are to be sent away to live with your only living relative – an aunt you have never met before.

Sinda finds it very hard to settle into her new life far away from everyone and everything she has ever known. When she discovers that she has magic powers she returns to the city to learn how to harness her magic. There she discovers the truth about herself, love, and uncovers a terrible secret.


A sort of a modern Little MermaidForgive my Fins and the sequel Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs.

Mermaids are people too!

Light-hearted fun and romance. Lily, a mermaid princess, is living on dry land and going to high school. She has a massive crush on Brody and one day soon she intends to tell him her secret, bond with him forever, and together they will rule Thalassinia. At least that’s the plan until Quince, her obnoxious (but cute) next-door neighbour, spoils everything when he kisses her and starts turning into a merman.



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