With Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, Juliet Marillier, and other authors adapting well-known and little known fairy tales, I'm curious as to what your favorites are among these adaptations. (I love these authors by the way. I'm partial to Goose Girl, Wildwood Dancing, and Spindle's End.)
Mmm, I agree Shannon Hale is a great writer for fairy tale retellings. I also liked E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess, which is going to be the next Disney animated movie (!), and is a twist on the traditional tale.
Anyway, if the books I mentioned above appeal to you, you might consider checking out my book called The Prophecy Box (by Karen Chow), which is a retelling of a Grimms' fairy tale, about a 16-year-old girl named Camilla who finds a jewelry box that spouts prophecies. It's clean and has a small love story in it.
Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars is an inventive retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I also loved the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that gives a backstory on Peter Pan and Tinkerbell before there was a Neverland.
Nick O'Donohoe's trilogy which follows a vet student with a disabling illness from the city to an enchanted board-world called Crossroads. I first read the books in eighth grade, and the plot line has stuck with me as being one of the most original ideas in urban fantasy. If you like hard, edgy fantasy that isn't overly romantic and touches on creatures of popular myth in a new way, you might want to try these books - not really fairy tale, but wonderful just the same. Juliet Marillier is amazing - one of my favorite writers of all time. I'm also a big fan of Charles de Lint, Holly Black and O.R Melling. Black and Melling are more of the original fae stories based in Irish mythology, and while they are aimed t young adults, they still make for great reads.
I love Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Enchantment by Orson Scott Card, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, East by Judith Pattou, Briar Rose by Jane Yolen and so many more. I love fairy tales and retellings!
I've only recently started reading this particular genre, but to date, my favorites are Thornspell by Helen Lowe and Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley. I'm happy to have gotten some good ideas from everyone's posts!
Wow, I can't believe that almost all the books I thought of were already on here. I Love Robin McKinley and Rose Garden and Spindle's End are my favorites of her fairy tale stories. The Shannon Hale books are great. The Goose Girl is actually one of my favorite fairy tales. There's another version I liked that was by Harold MacGrath, but it's much older, and it's less fairy-like, but it's still a good version, if you happen to like that story.
Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest was REALLY good, although I haven't read the sequels to it yet.
I didn't much like Edith Patou's East, even though that story is definitely one of my favorites. It just didn't strike a chord with me, unfortunately.
I read Orson Scott Card's Enchantment, and while I love Orson Scott Card's books, this was not super high on my list of favorites.
I'm really excited to read some of these others that I've never heard of.
I don't know if this counts, but there is a book called Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson that is a retelling of Maid Marian and Robin Hood that is SOOOOO good. It is very long, so if you like epic, this is the way to go. There's a sequel out there, too, called Lady of Sherwood, I think.
And right now, I'm flying high on CL Wilson's Tairen Soul series which is not any fairy tale I've heard of before, but in my mind it's classic already.
Also, try this site, because someone else posted a bunch of great suggestions that I am printing out now as we speak: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071224190659AAZDhVq
WriterGal, I just bought the Wildwood Dancing book. Found it on sale at Borders for, like, $5 hardback, so I'm looking forward to it.
And while I love the Tairen Soul series, it is in the fantasy romance division, so it's going to be a little more "intense" than Robin McKinley or Shannon Hale. So watch out if you're not ready for that.
Okay, I finally looked up the Tairen Soul series. I'm glad you mentioned it, because a couple of years ago the first book of the series, Lord of the Fading Lands, was recommended to me. I forgot all about it until you mentioned it!
Yes! I loved that one as well. I read on the author's website, that she is currently writing a sequel to the Princess of the Midnight Ball. I don't know when it comes out though. Do you have other reading suggestions?
You must have read her Dragon Slippers series then. Another good author is Juliet Marillier, who wrote Wildwood Dancing (a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses) and Cybele's Secret. Then there is the Once Upon a Time series that Simon Pulse has.
There is a new fairy tale retelling available, Little Red Hoodie, that introduces the importance of internet safety to children. I will include the product link as well as a video link that will provide you with more information on the book and its message.
Ooh, a Juliet Marillier retelling of Beauty and the Beast...I haven't heard of it, but I will look for it now. And Zel, too, that sounds good. And Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow sounds cool because I LOVE that story. I also saw in the YA section a book called Ice by Sarah Beth Durst that seems to be a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon with a modern twist. Has anyone read it? The cover looks great, which is what caught my eye, but I haven't heard anything about it yet.