Y’all, I feel like such a CHEATER, because this week’s topic is Top Ten Readalikes, and hah, I chose like the easiest book EVER to find readalikes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, because we all know that fairy tale retellings are the coolest.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And Bookish.
Top 10 Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale Retellings
1. Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Why:Cloaked is a quick and charming modern day setting book that retells the Frog Prince as well as the Elves and the Shoemaker. Also, the humor in it is quite fun!
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Why: There are probably hundreds of Cinderella retellings out there. Personally, I feel Cinder by Marissa Meyer is one of the best, from a feisty main character who has some agency and actually does things to a swoonworthy love interest, of all the Cinderella retellings, I think Cinder is one that is well worth reading.
3. Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
Why?: Hands down, Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier is my favorite fairytale retelling ever. It sets The Six Swans in medieval Ireland, so it’s very Celtic and deals also with Paganism giving way to Christianity and is such a tour de force when it comes to characterization. And then there is Sorcha who I kind of want to be when I grow up. I just love this book and this retelling and highly recommend it.
4. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Why?: Y’all this is the first Robin McKinley book I ever read and it was love at first word. Basically, Spindle’s End retells Briar Rose, but again, the lead character is no simpering twit, but a fierce lady. It’s been ten years at least, since I’ve read Spindle’s End but I do want to re-read it again.
5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Why?: You know, when I read a fairy tale, I want a sense of the magical, of the fantastic. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale totally delivers this in spades.
6. Entwined by Heather Dixon
Why?: I just love the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Entwined is such a sweet retelling that deserves a lot more attention than it got. Further, I really hope we get more books from Heather Dixon because her writing is wonderful and it actually made dance interesting for me, and you guys typically I find dance to be the most boring thing EVER.
7. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Why?: Okay look, if I could put all of the Marillier books I’ve read on this list, I totally WOULD. Alas, not all fit the qualifications. Basically Wildwood Dancing is another retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it also has The Frog Prince and it is a heaping pile of awesome.
8. The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Why?: The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom is a hilarious book that takes on the fairy tales from the Prince Charming point of views. It’s middle grade of the best possible sort and yeah, you all should totally check it out.
9. A Tale Dark And Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Why?: Y’all, in keeping with the middle grade here, A Tale Dark And Grimm takes on Hansel and Gretel and is funny and creepy and utterly engrossing with a narrator who talks to the reader, I loved it.
10. The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly
Why?: So, The Book Of Lost Things is totally an adult book and pretty much this kid reads this book and experiences fairy tales for real, only the fairy tales are scary and not anything like the Disney version. It’s totally a great book.
Please note, this is by no means an exhaustive list and some obvious books like Ella Enchanted are missing because I have not read them yet. What are your readalike suggestions for fans of The Brothers Grimm?