I've decided to do the A to Z Blogger Challenge this year and I'm recommending five books all from the same alphabetical genre each day. So today, F is for Fairytale. People have been telling fairytales for centuries, here are five of my favorite modern retellings.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cinderella the cyborg, what's not to love about this book? It's a fun read that mixes science fiction and fairytale magic beautifully. If you haven't had a chance to read this fun reinvented princess story, I highly recommend it.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - The Goose Girl hasn't been made into a Disney movie yet, so it isn't quite as well known as some of the other classic fairytales, but it's still one of my favorites. And Shannon Hale's rendition of the tale is sure to delight middle grade readers.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen - If Cinderella can be a cyborg, why can't Sleeping Beauty be a Holocaust survivor. This WW2 retelling of fairytale magic is beautiful and powerful and definitely worth reading.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Graceling wasn't originally written by the Brother's Grimm, but it's still a wonderful fairytale type adventure story. The only difference between Graceling and many of the other classic fairytales is that in this story, the Princess rescues the white night, not the other way around. A fun adventure about a very powerful and capable young heroine, this story should be read by every girl with dreams of the fairytale life.
Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson - This isn't a "fairytale" it's a tale about fairy's. It is also a very fun read. There are lots of books about vampires and werewolves overcrowding the shelves these days. But if you want a great adventure about a young fairy who ventures out of the safety of the great oak to dabble in the human world, look no further than Spell Hunter.
What about you? What's your favorite fairytale?