The best fairy tale books 📚

Browse the best books on fairy tales as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely

By Melissa Marr

Why this book?

Dark and delicious. Two of the most apt words to describe this thrilling story. I adore the world Melissa created and the equally dark and delicious fae who populate it. There's a certain poetry between the characters, and I love how Aislinn learns to face her greatest fears, a skill that will serve anyone well when venturing into the dark and dangerous realm of the Fae. You'll be hooked into this story in no time because it grabs your interest from the very first page, a must for me to get invested in any story because I confess, I’m a…

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Book cover of The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

By William Goldman

Why this book?

It celebrates everlasting love! And love is a truly revolutionary act because it is de rigeur to disbelieve in it. Goldman is just the best because he enjoys the pain as much as the pleasure, the evil as much as the good, the clever as much as the daft… and the characters he draws – with Buttercup and Westley as leading lovers – are every bit as delicious as anything from Roald Dahl. It’s proper romantic and absolutely rightly so. I read this out loud cover-to-cover with my girlfriend and then both my kids. To be fair, she was gone…

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The Big Princess

By Taro Miura

Why this book?

It seems to me that the kind of imaginative senseless play (beyond good/bad, right/wrong), feels similar to the way a small kid would tell stories. A wonderful fantastic tale with joyful illustrations. Plus children and adults find very, very, very big things fascinating. Enjoy this masterpiece! (As well as Taro Miura’s other books.)

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things

By Ruth Francis Long

Why this book?

Beneath the surface of this beautifully written old-style fairytale there lies a compelling examination of free will. This thematic depth adds a delicious, chewy meat to what is already an enjoyable romantic read. I loved the characters here. Jenny’s repeated struggle to overcome the fairytale roles that are imposed upon her, and the properly dark consequences of failure in the fairy realm, make this an excellent YA romance adventure that's hard to forget.

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More to the Story

By Hena Khan

Why this book?

More to the Story by Hena Khan is a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. This version features four Muslim Pakistani-American sisters who live in Georgia. Their experiences and personalities both mirror and bring new light to the characters that I read and appreciated as a child. The novel delves into the personal challenges and joint effort of being a family in ways that are authentic and familiar. The details of setting and culture make the characters and story truly stand on their own. The importance of empathy, individuality, and support are all things that I…

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Of Beast and Beauty

By Chanda Hahn

Why this book?

The bloodthirsty roses, Isra the blind beauty, and Gem the intriguing beast. It was an intriguing combo that first made me pick up this book and start the beginning of this adventure. That isn't to say that this book is all sweetness, there are most definitely moments that had me seething with anger. The way the 'perfect' Smooth Skins treated the flawed one of their own kind, and the Monstrous struggling to survive outside the dome. But by far my most favorite part was how Gem and Isla bonded over gardening together. Yes, it was originally a lie so that…

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