Our Favorite YA Retellings

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We love a good spin on a classic story, which is why we’re talking about YA retellings!

Our Favorite YA Retellings

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Enchanted– by Alethea Kontis. This book mixes classic fairytales like the Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Jack and the Bean Stalk for a totally unique story. It’s a wholly unique tale, and I’ve never read anything like it.

The Goose Girl– by Shannon Hale. THIS is a classic YA story that everyone should read. It’s a retelling of, you guessed it, The Goose Girl. But, it’s beautiful and romantic and fun.

For Darkness Shows the Stars– by Diana Peterfruend. The author imagined a futuristic version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. You don’t need to have read the original to enjoy this tale, either.

Stitching Snow– by R.C. Lewis. Stitching Snow was the December Uppercase selection! It follows a futuristic Snow White retelling that’s full of robot “dwarves” and handsome young men.

Winterspell– by Claire Legrand. This retelling of the Nutcracker is ideal for more mature YA readers and is the only retelling of the classic Russian play that I’ve ever read.

Of Metal and Wishes– by Sarah Fine. Do you love The Phantom of the Opera?! Well, this perfect is perfect for you. Secrets and ghosts and dangerous plots!

Entwined– by Heather Dixon. This is a super fun retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. It’s just lovely.

Ella Enchanted– by Gail Carson Levine. Another classic YA story. Retelling Cinderella only with magic, Ella Enchanted is great for all YA readers (and is better than the movie, of course).

The Madman’s Daughter– by Megan Shepherd. If you like darker stories, The Madman’s Daughter is perfect. This first book in the series retells the Island of Dr. Moreau. The next two sequels follow along and loosely tie in the stories of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein.

What YA retellings have you read and loved?

Lisa Parkin
Lisa Parkin
Lisa is the founder of Uppercase Box, the first young adult subscription box for avid readers. She also blogs about YA books on her blog, Read.Breathe.Relax.
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