Everyone loves fairy tales, but we tend to think of them as something that’s only for children. There are many adult books that are fairy tale adaptations or have fairy tale themes. Some of these books are light hearted romances, while others use fairy tales to express more serious ideas. If you’ve been dying to read fairy tales, but have had a hard time finding them, these books are for you. Many of these books can also be downloaded to your phone or E-reader through OverDrive.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Call Number: Oyeyemi
This is a retelling of Snow White that takes place in the 1950s. Boy Novak moves to Massachusetts looking for a better life. But she finds herself turning into a wicked stepmother when she marries a local and becomes the mother of Snow Whitman. This especially becomes apparent when Snow has a dark skinned baby, exposing the whitmans as African Americans who were trying to pass as Caucasian.
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Gain
Call Number: Gain
This novel takes place in Vienna and Germany in the late 1800s. Joseph, who is a psychoanalyst, finds a girl in an asylum who claims she is not human, and Joseph is determined to understand her. Krysta is obsessed with fairy tales, and when the world around her starts to change, she realizes that fairy tales hold power.
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Call Number: Jensen
Captain Hook is cursed to stay in Neverland and play the villain in a war that goes on forever. But when Stella Parish dreams herself into Neverland she discovers that Hook is so much more than just a villain. She must help Hook break the curse before Pan and his group of warrior boys hunt her down.
The Chronicle of Secret Riven by Ronlyn Domingue
Call Number: Domingue
Secret has the power to talk to plants and animals. When Secret’s mother dies, and the mysterious manuscript she was translating disappears, Secret must find the clue that will lead her to the manuscript. The sequel to the Mapmaker’s War.
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
Call Number: Blackwell (Adult and Large Print)
Elise builds a new life for herself as a servant to a royal family. As she earns more trust and becomes a confidant, she gets to know the women of the castle; the sad queen, the brokenhearted spinster, and the princess and her ruthless sister.
Death’s Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel by K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones
Call Number: Jeter
This novel is based on the Grimm’s fairy tales, and is the only novel that uses all the works of the Grimm’s. Nathaniel is the seventeen year old apprentice of Death, and lives in Grimm City, which is situated on top of the gates of Hell. With the help of a wraith and a giant hit man, Nathaniel must lead an uprising against the Devil.
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey
Call Number: Lackey
Bella goes into the woods to consult a wise woman about escaping the usual fate of eldest daughters. On her way she’s attacked by a wolf who is really a nobleman under a curse. She goes to his castle, but is torn between her family and staying with him.