Fairytale news | Retellings 2013.

This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

It's no surprise anymore that fairytales are my favorite thing to read about. I'm always on the hunt for new retellings and I've already listed many upcoming books (click here if you are interested so them: fairytale retellings 2013). Here are even more books that are published/will be published in 2013.

1Vivian Vande Velde – Frogged.
April 2nd 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers.

One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.


Polly Shulman – The wells bequest.

Part two of The Grimm legacy. June 13th 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books.

Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself! His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!

3Melissa Marr – Rags and bones. Anthology.
October 22nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

A.L. Davroe – For your heart.
October 1st 2013.

Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga. But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park. Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty. However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.

4Chris Colfer – The Enchantress returns. Part 2 of The land of stories.
August 6th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.

5Sarah Mlynowski – Sink or swim. Whatever after part 3.
May 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press

Once again my brother and I are in hot water.. We weren't planning to mess up the fairy tales. The first two times we did it by accident. But when our magic mirror pulls us into the story of the Little Mermaid, we have no choice but to try and rewrite it. Let's just say the original story does NOT end happily! Now we need to:
- Convince our mermaid to keep her tail
- Plan a royal wedding
- Avoid getting eaten by sharks
We've got to find a happy ending for the Little Mermaid . . . before she's fish food and we're lost at sea forever!

6Shelby Bach – Of giants and ice. Part 1 of The Ever afters.
May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rory Landon has spent her whole life being known as the daughter of a famous movie star mom and director dad. So when she begins a new after-school program and no one knows who her family is, Rory realizes something is different. After she ends up fighting a fire-breathing dragon on her first day, she realizes the situation is more unusual than she could have imagined. It turns out the only fame that matters at Ever After School is the kind of fame earned from stories Rory thought were fictional. But as Rory soon learns, fairy tales are very real—and she is destined to star in one of her own.
7Shelby Bach – Of witches and wind. Part 2 of Ever afters.
July 23rd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

After taking part in a successful real-life fairy tale, Rory Landon is now an Ever After School veteran. She has better friends than she’s ever had, and she’s stronger, more confident, and ready to take on whatever comes next.
Or so she thought. When a nefarious plan from The Snow Queen threatens the entire Ever After School program, it is up to Rory and Chase to save everyone. Between this new adventure and what is happening at home—where a potential stepmom has entered the picture—Rory wonders if she really has what it takes to come to the rescue.

8Jana Oliver – Briar rose.
September 12th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books.

For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She's stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won't let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who's spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She's tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she's actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes.. And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can't do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she's met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.

9Catherynne M. Valente – The girl who soared over Fairyland and cut the moon in two. Part 3 of Fairyland. October 1st 2013 by Feiwel & Friends.

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

1Anna Staniszewski – My sort of fairytale ending. Part 3 of My very UnFairy tale life.
November 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks.

Happily ever after? Yeah, right. Jenny's search for her parents leads her to Fairyland, a rundown amusement park filled with creepily happy fairies and disgruntled leprechauns. Despite the fairies' kindness, she knows they are keeping her parents from her. If only they would stop being so happy all the time-it's starting to weird her out! With the help of a fairy-boy and some rebellious leprechauns, Jenny finds a way to rescue her parents, but at the expense of putting all magical worlds in danger. Now Jenny must decide how far she is willing to go to put her family back together.

2Lisa DeJesus – Glass frost. Part 2 of First frost.
Published July 19th 2013 by Musa Publishing

When joined together, Cinderella's slippers grant the wearer her heart's desire. But whose wish will be granted? When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good. Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart's desire.

3G.R Mennering – Roses.
November 2013 by Sky Pony Press.

She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is sent to live with the cruel, rich Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country. But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.

4Janna Jennings – A Grimm Legacy
October 1st 2013 by Patchwork Press.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary, at least until elves appear and the birds start talking. Four teenagers, whisked out of their own world, find themselves as the reluctant guests of the strange and secretive millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a man who knows the secrets of their families’ histories as well as the way back home. But nothing comes without a price. Mr. Jackson’s mother is dying and the only cure is in the hands of a giant barricaded on a floating island. Unable to retrieve it himself, Mr. Jackson strikes a deal with the teens: steal the antidote and in return receive the key back to their world. Caught in Grimm’s fairy tales with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, the teens begin a race against time. Without any other way home, they are forced into fairy tale roles that may not lead to a happily ever after.

5Kate Forsyth – The wild girls.
July 22nd 2013 by Allison & Busby (first published March 13th 2013)

Once there were six sisters. The pretty one, the musical one, the clever one, the helpful one, the young one...And then there was the wild one. Dortchen Wild has loved Wilhelm Grimm since she was a young girl. Under the forbidding shadow of her father, the pair meet secretly to piece together a magical fairy tale collection. The story behind the stories of the Brothers Grimm.

7Danyelle Leafty – Of wind and winter. Tales of the snow queen 1.
April 25th 2013 by Curious Leaf Press.

When Aneira awakens to find she has been sprited away into the night by none other than the dread witch Baba Yaga, she is faced with a choice: help Baba Yaga find her sisters' magical skins and Aneira can go home to her family or refuse to help and lose her mother and sisters forever. The task is simple. She just has to steal the Lord of Winter’s heart by lulling him to sleep with the Harp of the Seven Winds. Once she has it, all Aneira has to do is lock it in a magic jar Baba Yaga gives her. After that, she’s free to go home. The only way to obtain the harp, however, is to succeed at the three tasks set forth by the winds themselves—winds that are bent on protecting the harp from mortal hands at all costs. But stealing the Lord of Winter’s heart turns out to be more complicated than Aneira realized, and she must decide whether returning to her family is worth the price of the world losing Winter forever.

8Chris Duffy – Fairytale comics.
September 24th 2013 by First Second.

From favorites like "Puss in Boots" and "Goldilocks" to obscure gems like "The Boy Who Drew Cats," Fairy Tale Comics has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and more.

9Allyse Near – Fairytales for Wilde girls.
June 3rd 2013 by Random House Australia

There's a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That's not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don't. But when the girl appears at Isola's window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help. Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess. It may not be enough. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl's demise and appease her enraged spirit, before the ghost steals Isola's last breath.

10Kellie Sheridan – Follow the white rabbit. Beautiful madness 1.
May 21st 2013 by Patchwork Press.

For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.
For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.

11Sophie Masson - Scarlet in the snow.
May 1st 2013 by Random House.

A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel.. When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it's beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames. In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand.. Only to have the master of the house appear - a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man - and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose. So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled onto a great tragedy - a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer. But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending.

Keep an eye out for more editions, because 2014 is going to be another year with many fairy tales!


  1. Oooh I saw Chris Colfer books last week but didn't pick it up cause I thought they weren't retellings! I guess I'll come back for them next time haha ;) thanks for sharing, Mel!

  2. I'm really excited for Fairytale Comics. It looks very cute and I've also got my eye on Rags and Bones. I really need to pick up Chris Colfer's books too. Thanks for posting :)

  3. Oh, I didn't know Jana Oliver had a new book! And The Wild Girl's book cover looks gorgeous; I love the silhouette and the way the flowers seem to curl out of her body. Plus there's quite a lot of great reviews on this one. Scarlet in the Snow sounds really interesting, too. The cover kind of reminds me of another book, though... Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series? Off to check out all the other retellings. Thanks for sharing, Mel!

    Chri @ Fathomless

    1. The wild girl's cover is indeed pretty! You're welcome :D

  4. Ooh, there's so many! I like the sound of Briar Rose because it's set in Georgia (as a GA native, I'm easily appealed to the state) and Melissa Marr's collection looks really good as well!

  5. Pretty pretty. I oo sooo love my.retellings

  6. I like fairytales as well. Can't remember the last time i picked up a retelling though. Awesome post!

  7. Scarlet in the Snow is new to me! I really like the sound of it though. I was also looking forward to Briar Rose, but I haven't read the best reviews for it lately, so I've been put off a little. I like the sound of Roses by G.R. Mannering. Ha! I guess I'm attracted mostly to all the Beauty and the Beast retellings. :)

    Thanks for the list, Mel! This is super helpful. I'm looking forward to any upcoming editions. :)

    1. Oh yes, beauty and the beast retellings are so appealing to me :D

  8. Great post, Mel. If I'm ever on the lookout for some retellings, I know I can always count on you for recommendations. :)

  9. Great post! I love fairy tale retellings, though I don't necessarily seek them out. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't heard about any of these (except for Rags & Bones)... I didn't even know there were so many! Thanks for posting (and adding to my TBR, hehe)

  10. I'm really into retellings lately. Thanks for posting these. I can't wait to tackle some new ones.

  11. Oh, so many pretty covers. <3 they all sounds pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing :D

  12. I love retellings, and I haven't heard of most of these titles. I will definitely look forward to them though. The one that I am most excited about is Rags & Bones!

  13. There are so many retellings out there I love that you took the time to compile some of these, as I enjoy retellings way too much :) It's even better because these are all new to me!

  14. Lots of new fairytales out, I haven't read many retellings except for Cinder. Briar Rose and Melissa Marr's book look really good!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  15. Woah there are so many! I have Briar Rose coming up soon for review and I cannot wait.

    Thanks for sharing, Mel! <33

  16. I don't read many fairytale retellings but wow there are a LOT! I wasn't aware of the presence of all these so thank you for sharing, Mel! I super love the cover of Whatever After, The Wild Girl, and Fairytales for Wilde Girls! <3

  17. Dude seriously?! Chris Colfer wrote a book!? Woah.
    The Wild Girl sounds really interesting! Must get myself a copy of it hehe

  18. This is great! I want Briar Rose and Scarlet In The Snow!

  19. Briar Rose sounds like an amazing take on Sleeping Beauty! I love the story of Beauty and the Beast so Scarlet in the Snow sounds wonderful, too, Mel. Thanks for bringing all these wonderful reads to my attention! :)

  20. Melanie I love re-tellings, and this new feature is cool, I look forward ti them,

  21. Wow, that is quite a round up. I see new books in my future!

  22. Awesome feature! Ok, of all of those the only one I have read (@ this pt) is Fairy Tale Comics. I actually wrote a review but it's posting this week on my blog :) I thought it was super duper cute-- have you read it!? Loved all the different styles. Some of my favorite graphic novels are written in that format with different artists throughout fr each story :)
    Can I ask you about the Land of Stories books? It's something I've picked up at one time or another, almost bought it, but opted for another book instead...is it one of those magnificent middle grade fantasys that I just need to get my hands on?! Whaddya think? :P

    Dee @ Dee's Reads

    1. I'll keep an eye on your blog for the review on Fairy Tale comics! :D I haven't read it yet, but it looks adorable.

      I haven't read Land of stories yet, but I'm really interested to give it a shot. It looks so cute :D

  23. Many of these look great and are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh wow there are quite a few that I had no idea about! I'm definitely going to have to check out some of the series. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Oooh I do love a good ol' fairytale too :) I've not seen or heard of these before, so thanks for sharing, Mel! :D They certainly look pretty good!
    Have you read Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen? I think that's a brilliante retelling of the tale of Robin Hood! ;) If you do have time, do check it out and add it to your list! :D
    Thanks for sharing, Mel! :D

    1. Oh yes, I've read it! I totally love Scarlet. I'm going to feature part 2 in the next fairy tale edition ;)

  26. I don't think I've read any retellings actually. But I just started reading Cinder so it's a good way to begin! :D

    1. NOT? Wow, haha. Cinder is absolutely a fantastic book to change that :D!

  27. I've never heard of any of these except for RAGS & BONES, which I probably won't read because it's an anthology (don't judge me! I just prefer actual, 200+-page books >.<), but thanks for this list, Mel. I always know who to come to whenever I'm looking for a good fairytale rec, so I'll definitely keep some of these in mind. I never knew Chris Colfer wrote fantasy, though, and I really like the cover for FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS. Illustrated covers, ftw!

    1. I'm also not a fan of anthologies, so I don't judge you ;) The only reason I want to read it is: fairytales! Haha.

  28. How have I not noticed this feature before- this is my new favorite meme. :D

  29. Gahh I commented ages ago but my comment isn't here anymore.
    Anyways I LOVE FAIRY TALES TOO so I love this feature.
    I've been wanting to read Briar Rose for a while and hopefully will get around to it soon.
    Have you read the Goose Girl series? It's what got me addicted to Fairy Tales :D

    1. That's strange! Perhaps it went into my spam filter, I'll take a look. I haven't read it yet, but it's high on my list :D

    2. That's possible :P I came to see if you replied so that's how I know it wasn't there :P
      oo I hope you get around to it soon! Because it was awesome :D
      (and fangirling with someone who loved it would be fun :D)

  30. I'm pleased that I've heard of most of these as I'm also a fairy tale retelling fanatic! However there are a few ones new to me that I get to add to my to-read list now.

  31. Eeeep, there are a LOT of these that I am also super pumped about...and some new ones I'll need to check out!! The Grimm Legacy series sounds SO amazing, I can't wait to get started :D And even though I've only read the first Fairyland book, seeing that book 3 is coming out makes me really happy XD The Land of Stories, Rags & Bones, Glass Frost and Fairytales for Wilde Girls seem excellent as well!!


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