Few words give me more thrills than â€śOnce upon a time â€ť Fairy tales are some of
the most fascinating texts, and I could spend the rest of my life reading and
studying them. From their history to their variations in culture, their true
timelessness is evident, though trends of certain talesâ€™ retellings go in and
out. What I personally find most powerful about fairy tales are their endings.
Some of course have the happily ever after ending, but others have truly
devastating conclusions. They reveal both the brightest and darkest sides of
life (minus a few dragons). Yet, readers would have a hard time finding tales
without at least a spark of hope somewhere in them, and that is perhaps the most
alluring quality of fairy tales across the board.
In young adult literature, fairy tales have been enjoying another renaissance.
From popular tales such as â€śBeauty and the Beastâ€ť and â€śCinderellaâ€ť to lesser
known tales such as â€śThe Girl With No Handsâ€ť and â€śThe Singing Bone,â€ť there is a
wide selection of retold and reimagined tales to get lost in. Here are a few
recent and upcoming releases of fairy tale retellings. I donâ€™t know about you,
but my hands are already itching to grab these!
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their
love will shake the world...
When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni
lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years --
a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must
disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her
new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King
of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the
opportunityâ€”only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving
herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her
freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in,
Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling
retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York
Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines a classic Brothers
Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled
fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk
all to save her kingdom.
When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona,
desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and
bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter
Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear
the idea of marrying a strangerâ€”she was meant to marry for loveâ€”until a brooding
local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while thereâ€™s no
denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxtonâ€™s
mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.
Paxton is not the
marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws.
He is determined to keep his focus on the task at handâ€”ridding the kingdom of
the beastâ€”but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets heâ€™s
buried begin to surface against his wishes.
The kiss was just the beginning . . . The second book in Rhiannon Thomasâ€™s
epic retelling of Sleeping Beauty combines adventure, magic, and
romance for a sweeping fantasy about one girlâ€™s journey to fulfill her
Aurora was supposed to be her kingdomâ€™s savior. But when she was
forced to decide between being loyal to the crown and loyal to her country, she
set events in motion that branded her a traitor.
Now, hunted by the kingâ€™s
soldiers, Auroraâ€™s only chance of freeing her kingdom from the kingâ€™s tyrannical
rule is by learning to control her magic. But Auroraâ€™s powers come at a
priceâ€”one that forces her to leave the only home sheâ€™s ever known, one that
demands she choose between the man she loves and the people she seeks to
protect, and one that will cause her to unravel the mysteries surrounding the
curse that was placed on her over a century before . . . and uncover the truth
about her destiny.
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