Sunday, April 24, 2011

Books Like Beastly

Like Beastly, many of the books on this list are based on a fairy tale or other traditional story, feature romance as a major part of the plot, and have heaping doses of action, terror, and magic. A couple of others (Forgive My Fins and Paranormalcy) are not based on fairy tales, but I think Beastly readers will love them anyway.

A Curse As Dark As Gold (Elizabeth C. Bunce)
(Rumpelstiltskin spin-off) Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
Briar Rose (Jane Yolen)
In this retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," a young woman learns that her grandmother had a secret past tied to the Holocaust.
Ash (Malinda Lo)
A variation on the Cinderella story in which a girl named 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.
A Kiss In Time (Alex Flinn)
Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a three-hundred-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.
Sweetly (Jackson Pearce)
Retelling of Hansel and Gretel. As children, Ansel and Gretchen lost their sister to a witch in the woods. Now as teens, Ansel and Gretchen have been kicked out of their stepmother's house. Determined to begin new lives elsewhere, the siblings head for the coast. But when their car breaks down in a small town, they temporarily move in with Sophie, the local candymaker whom many townspeople hold responsible for the mysterious disappearances of several local teen girls.
Forgive My Fins (Tera Lynn Childs)
Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.
Paranormalcy (Elizabeth C. Bunce)
When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.
Sisters Red (Jackson Pearce)
(Red Riding Hood spin-off) 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.
Scarlet Moon (Debbie Viguie)
One of many fairy tale spin-offs in the Once Upon a Time series. Presents a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," in which Ruth, training to be a blacksmith since her brother was lost in the Crusades, begins to fall in love with William, a young noble whose dark secret makes Ruth's trips to her grandmother's forest home much more dangerous.
The Healer's Apprentice (Melanie Dickerson)
In this story loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, seventeen-year-old Rose, a healer's apprentice, falls in love with the betrothed Lord Hamlin, who is seeking the sorcerer who cursed his future bride.

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