This year's NaNoWriMo is almost complete! I've already got an idea for next year's session that involves a story retelling. 😉
To go with that, I thought I'd share some more book recommendations today! These are the best YA novels I've read that retell things like fairytales, mythology, and classic literature. I love seeing the ways that modern authors change up these older tales. Without further ado, here are the ones that I recommend to you!
1) Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. This YA sci-fi series retells the stories of "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rapunzel," and "Snow White" amidst an imaginative and diverse future world that includes psychic moon colonists, cyborgs, and genetically modified wolfmen. It's great stuff! (4.75-star average)
2) Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. Gail Carson Levine is the queen of children's fairytale retellings, and she's got some good ones that cross from MG into YA. This is one of these, a fantasy "Snow White" retelling that takes place in the world of the classic Ella Enchanted. (4 stars)
3) Beastly by Alex Flinn. Though Gail Carson Levine is the queen of children's fairytale retellings, I think Alex Flinn might be the queen for YA. My favorite by her, Beastly, is a YA contemporary fantasy retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the Beast's perspective. It explores family, love, loneliness, and the inevitable theme of change. (4.5 stars)
4) Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. This YA fantasy series starter combines a whole smorsgaboard of fairytales in a lovely, atmospheric, and forward-thinking way. It centers loosely around "The Princess and the Frog." (4.5 stars)
5) Stung by Bethany Wiggins. This hardcore YA sci-fi series starter that retells "Sleeping Beauty" takes place in a zombie-type post-apocalyptic future and has a really awesome romance. There have been a lot of "Sleeping Beauty" retellings lately, and this one is my favorite. (4.5 stars)
6) A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. This is another YA sci-fi "Sleeping Beauty" series starter, in which a rich girl is accidentally put in stasis for 62 years. The story combines societal examination with a more personal look at relationships, making it a softer sort of read. (4.5 stars)
7) Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. This "Sleeping Beauty" retelling takes place in a town full of fairytale characters who are "cursed" to live out a certain fate based on their story. The YA contemporary fantasy series starter combines a bunch of tales in a really insightful way. (4.5 stars)
8) The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry. This beautiful YA fantasy based off of "Cinderella" is suitable for younger teens, with a complex plot and relatable characters. (4 stars)
9) Rick Riordan's Riordanverse. Rick Riordan is famous for his MG/YA crossover retellings of ancient mythologies all set in the same modern world, starting with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a Greek mythology retelling. He's addressed Roman mythology in a sequel to that series, has an Egyptian mythology series called The Kane Chronicles, and is soon to begin a series based on Norse mythology! If you haven't read his work, you need to check it out. (4.58-star average)
10) Aimee Carter's Goddess Test Trilogy. This is a YA contemporary fantasy retelling of the Greek "Hades and Persephone," with a lot of romance, a family focus, and at the center of it, a test of godly worthiness. I found it sexy and engrossing. (4.5-star average)
11) Abandon by Meg Cabot. This is a top-quality Meg Cabot YA series starter, probably the most serious of her YA repertoire. It's another contemporary fantasy retelling of the Greek "Hades and Persephone" myth that has a lot of heart and promise. (4.5 stars)
12) Avalon High by Meg Cabot. This is one of my favorite books by Meg Cabot (and I have read, oh, just about all of her books). It's an awesome YA contemporary fantasy retelling of the English King Arthur legend that has that standard fluffy and romantic Meg Cabot vibe plus a fierce main character. (4.5 stars)
13) Promise of Shadows by Justine Ireland. This recently released YA contemporary fantasy take on Greek mythology centers around a Harpy afraid of her own powers. It's really original and fresh, and I'm surprised more people aren't talking about it!.(4.5 stars)
14) Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter Trilogy. This YA historical horror series retells the Gothic classics The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. The series is not for the faint of heart, but it combines the stories in a vivid, original, and enthralling way. (4.5-star average)
15) Gena Showalter's White Rabbit Chronicles. Loosely based off of Alice in Wonderland with a zombie core that's more paranormal than post-apocalyptic, this YA contemporary fantasy series has a super intense, sexy romance at its core. (4.5-star average)
16) Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron. This YA series starter retells Frankenstein in a combination of fantasy and sci-fi that somehow feels very human. I found it a great pleasure to read. (4.5 stars)
17) Splintered by A.G. Howard. This YA contemporary fantasy series starter is a beautifully odd and intricate Alice in Wonderland retelling full of personality. (4.5 stars)
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