Fairytale Retellings You Need On Your Radar

Posted February 26, 2015 by lockhartbecca in Books / 8 Comments

Fairytale retellings that should be on your radar. All the 2015 & 2016 retellings in one list. - unboundpages.com



You know what one my favorite things to do is? Look at all the upcoming releases on Goodreads! I love to discover all these new and exciting books coming out so I can wait in agony for them to be released. And you know what I’ve noticed? A HUGE trend in retellings. Not just limited to fairytales either. I’ve seen Frankenstein retellings. Shakespeare retellings. Pretty much anything. For both 2015 and 2016. I really think that we’re going to be seeing a LOT of retellings in the next couple years. Which I’m not complaining about. I do love me a good retelling. As long as it’s done well. Like Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles or Claire Legrand’s Winterspell. If all these retellings are anything like those two, we are in for a very good couple years. I love the way people reimagine classic fairytales and stories and I can’t wait to do see what these amazing authors are going to do. I thought I’d share a list of 2015 & 2016 retellings with you guys that I’m excited about.


2015 Retellings:

Winter by Marissa Meyer – November 10, 2015 – the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series!!


This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee – September 22, 2015 – Frankenstein retelling!


A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell – September 21, 2015 – a whole series of Disney stories with a twist!


Spelled by Betsy Schow – June 2, 2015 – Wizard of Oz retelling! Hopefully this one doesn’t disappoint like Dorothy Must Die did…


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – May 5, 2015 – It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J. Maas. Um… DYING!!!


Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane – April 18, 2015 – A contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland! This one sounds so fun!


A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – February 24, 2015 – Sleeping Beauty retelling – I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, but a lot of other people liked it.


Fairest by Marissa Meyer – January 27, 2015 – Queen Levana’s (aka the Evil Queen) story. How have I not read this yet??


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – May 5, 2015 – Little Red Riding Hood retelling! I don’t know that I’ve ever read one of those…


Never Never by Brianna Shrum – September 22, 2015 – A Peter Pan retelling all about Captain Hook and how he became what he is. Omg. My Hook fangirl is screaming for this book!!


Ash & Bramble  by Sarah Prineas – September 15, 2015 – Cinderella retelling. Not really a retelling though. About the girl who makes the dresses for the fairy godmother and the shoemaker. Um, yes please.


The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz – May 5, 2015 – I can’t begin to express how excited I am for this book. It’s about Disney villains’ children!! *squeals* This is the prequel novel to the movie Disney’s Descendants that comes out sometime this summer!!!



Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – August 4, 2015 – Mechanic Cinderella retelling. Sounds similar to Cinder, but I’m not complaining.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – March 12, 2015 – A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, another one I haven’t read, but this book sounds amazing.


Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross – January 27, 2015 – This sounds like a mash-up of a bunch of fairytales and is actually the sequel to Kill Me Softly which I haven’t read, but both sound amazing!


Mirrored by Alex Flinn – September 15, 2015 – A Snow White retelling of sorts about the witch from Snow White training a modern girl on how to make herself the “fairest of them all”.


The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson – May 12, 2015 – Pitched as “Swan Lake meets Robin Hood” about a girl who poaches to feed the poor.


Fair as Snow by Tracy Barrett – July 2015 – Snow White retelling where the evil queen really may be the “fairest of them all”.


2016 Retellings:


The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins – March 2016 – Inspired by the Grimm Brother’s “The Singing Bone”. I’ve never read it, but this book sounds awesome!


Heartless by Marissa Meyer – 2016 – A prequel to Alice in Wonderland. Um, it’s Marissa Meyer. This is bound to be awesome.


Never Ever by Sara Saedi – 2016 – Another Peter Pan retelling!


Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman – 2016 – A Blackbeard retelling! Yes, please to pirates!


Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter – March 2016 – A retelling of a Russian folktale “Vassilisa the Beautiful” – Never heard of it, but it says there’s an evil stepsister and a magic doll. I’m in.
The Stars Turned Away by Lisa Maxwell – 2016 – Yet another Peter Pan retelling. I don’t even care. I’m so excited.


Untitled Aladdin Retelling by Jessica Khoury – This doesn’t even have a release date yet, but I don’t care. It sounds awesome. About a genie in love with Aladdin forced to grant his wishes for trying to fall in love with another girl.


The Shadow Queen  by C.J. Redwine – 2016 – It’s a Snow White retelling by C.J. Redwine!!!! I’m freaking out!!!!!!!


Untitled by Rosamund Hodge – 2016 – Pitched as “Shakespeare meets Sabriel”. Um, I LOVED Sabriel so I’m all about this.


The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – 2016 – Inspired by Hamlet. More Shakespeare. Yes, please.


This is how I feel about all these books:



Did I miss any? If I did, please share so I can add them to my wishlist! Which ones are you most excited about? 

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8 responses to “Fairytale Retellings You Need On Your Radar

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling! I think…

    Super excited for Crimson Bound as well! I have an eARC of it, but I think I might hold off on reading it until I get a physical copy because mahgeerrrd it's so pretty!

  2. Wow…that's a lot of retellings. I've loved the ones I've read, but it's because the fairytale just INSPIRES the book. Did you ever read Of Beast and Beauty? I can't remember. If you haven't, I think you would love it. Great list! ~Pam

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