This fall, there are plenty of YA retellings to look forward to. From Othello to Romeo and Juliet to Alice in Wonderland to Cinderella, there are plenty of great options for any fairy tale and story lover. These eight YA books feature a prominent retelling that will make any reader happy. Check them out this fall!
Smash It! by Francina Simone
This retelling of Othello will be released on September 22.
Olivia “Liv” James is done with her insecurities, and when she arrives to a Halloween party in khaki shorts, she decides to make a F*ck-It list. She decides to be bold, learn to take a compliment, and stand out instead of back. She decides to try for the school’s musical, saying yes to a date, and making new friends. So when she begins to fall for three guys – two of which are her best friends – she isn’t sure what to do when she gets dumped by a guy she is not even dating.
The Glass Queen by Gena Showalter
The sequel to The Evil Queen will be released on September 29.
Princess Ashleigh is known as the Glass Princess as she was born with a weak heart, without a magical ability like her sisters, and she lives everyday by expecting to die – but she dreams of being treated like everyone else. When an oracle announces that Ashleigh is fated to play the part of Cinderella, she is expected to wed a royal and save her kingdom from the evil king and queen who once ruled the land. As war rages, the king she is supposed to enchant despises her, but soon she develops a magical ability to communicate with dragons and summon fire. She must work with the king to save the kingdom and their lives.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
This Romeo and Juliet retelling will be available on November 17.
In 1926, Shanghai is full of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs leaves the city helpless in its chaos. Juliette Cai is a former flapper who has returned to take on her role as heir of the Scarlet Gang. Their only rivals are the White Flowers, and behind every move is their heir and her first love – and forest betrayal – Roma Montagov. But when gangsters in both gangs begin to show instability and clawing their own throat out, Juliette and Roma must team up together to save their gangs.
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
This Snow White and the Seven Dwarves retelling will be released on October 20.
Once upon a time, Sophie rode into the forest with the Queen’s huntsman, and when they stopped to rest, he took out his knife and took her heart. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise as Sophie heard the whispers that she was a too kind and foolish princess. But with the help of seven strangers, Sophie survives, and when she realizes the jealous queen might not be the one to blame, Sophoe must ultimately find the courage to take on an even darker foe.
The Queen’s Council: Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault
This continuation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tale releases on November 10.
It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has broken the enchantress’ curse, restored the Beast to his human form, and brought back life to the castle and their province of Aveyon. But in Paris rebellion is brewing and soon it will come to their doorstep. As Belle finds herself in a position between commoner and royalty, she grapples with her newfound position and those who will do anything to keep her from her power. When she stumbles across a magic mirror that gives her a warning, Belle must ultimately decide to embrace her own strength to save her love, her friends, and ultimately herself.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
This modern-day twist on Arthurian legends releases on September 15.
After her mother dies in an accident, Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect opportunity – until she witnesses a magical attack her first night on campus. Bree learns of the secret society of “Legendborn” students and a unique magic is unlocked within her, remembering a hidden connection to her mother’s death. Bree is determined to find the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of the initiates.
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
The sequel to The Guinevere Deception will be released on November 10.
While King Arthur’s kingdom may be expanding thanks to Guinevere’s help, she is gripped with dreams of darkness and unknowable power. While she may have accepted her role, she can’t seem to find a place within it all. The closer she gets to everyone, the more she realizes how empty she is. When a rescue goes wrong, Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat thus far: her real younger sister.
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell
This next book in the Disney’s Twisted Tales series is now available.
Alice would much rather spend her golden afternoons with her camera or at her aunt Vivian’s salon instead of being a “respectable” member of society. But when Alice’s developed photos of the town begin to show familiar faces in the places of her regular subjects, there is something eerily wrong with them. Alice must return back to Wonderland to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and find her place in both worlds before the End of Time.