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Cruel beauty

Hodge, Rosamund, author.


Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.

Crimson bound

Hodge, Rosamund.


An exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the extravagant court of Versailles, from the author of Cruel Beauty. A doomed warrior and the king's most notorious bastard must join forces to defeat a dark evil in this gorgeously intricate fantasy. When Rachelle was fifteen she was good--apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless--straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat. Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in a vain effort to atone.


Lo, Malinda.


In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Wildwood dancing

Marillier, Juliet.


Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.

Beauty : a retelling of the story of Beauty & the beast

McKinley, Robin.


Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.


Meyer, Marissa.


As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Hush : an Irish princess' tale

Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-


Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.


Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-


Elaborates on the tale of "Beauty and the Beast," told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.


Pearce, Jackson.


When the owner of a candy shop molds magical treats that instill confidence, bravery, and passion, eighteen-year-old Gretchen's haunted childhood memories of her twin sister's abduction by a witch-like monster begin to fade until girls start vanishing at the annual chocolate festival.

Sisters red

Pearce, Jackson.


After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

Pratchett, Terry.


A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

The Grimm Legacy

Shulman, Polly.


New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

The swan maiden

Tomlinson, Heather.


Raised as a chastelaine-in-training unlike her sisters who are learning the arts of sorcery, Doucette discovers when she is sixteen years old that she too has magic in her blood, and she must brave her mother's wrath--and the loss of the man she loves--in order to follow her birthright.

Snow White and Rose Red

Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-


In this romantic version of the classic fairy tale about two sisters and the enchanted prince they befriend, Wrede has moved the setting from the German forests into medieval England.

Briar Rose

Yolen, Jane.


Grandmother Gemma always told the story of Briar Rose, and after she dies, her grandaughter discoveres that Gemma was a real-life Sleeping Beauty - a Holocaust survivor.

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