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Six for Sunday – Fairy Tale Retellings Releasing in 2019

Happy weekend! For my final ‘Fairy Tale February’ Six for Sunday I want to share some of my top retellings releasing this year. Last week I featured my top six Beauty and the Beast retellings. For this reason I have not mentioned them again here but I still have a very exciting selection for you! Love villains? Fancy a less popular fairy tale as a retelling? Want a little more Disney in your life? Don’t worry, I have you covered!

The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel

Disney's The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel. Fairy tale retelling publishing in 2019.

Title:The Odd Sisters

Author: Serena Valentino

Published: 2nd July 2019

Publisher: Disney Press

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

Serena Valentino started The Villains series in 2009 with a Snow White retelling called Fairest of All . These stories explore the backgrounds of the main villainous characters and we find out what made them the way they are. I particularly enjoy reading the background stories of evil characters as I always want to know if they were bad to begin with or were changed by circumstance.

The Odd Sisters feature in all of the books, meddling in the lives of each villain in order to change the course of fate. Are you excited that we will finally find out who they are?! This is a really great series for Disney fans and if you have already read the series I am sure you will be excited for book six!

The Boy Who Steals Houses

The Boy Who Steals Houses. Fairy Tale retelling 2019.

Title:The Boy Who Steals Houses

Author: C.G. Drews

Published: 4th April 2019

Publisher: Orchard/Hachette Children’s UK

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

I was really excited to discover that this is considered to be a contemporary retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! C.G. Drews, also known as @paperfury, is well known in the book blogger community. Her latest book sounds really interesting. Sam, a fifteen year old boy, and his autistic brother have been passed around by their relatives. Unwanted. The way Sam survives is by breaking into empty houses but one day he is caught by a family as they return home… It sounds pretty cool huh?


Stepsister. A Cinderella retelling.


Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Published: 28th May 2019

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

Stepsister is described as a ‘fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella‘ and stars one of the ‘ugly’ stepsisters. I am immensely looking forward to reading this book as it is a dark retelling, as you can tell from the cover, and is more like the traditional fairy tale. Isabella has spent her life trying to live up to her mother’s expectations. She even chops off her toes in an attempt to win the hand of the handsome prince! Sadly it seems that she is not meant to be truly happy. When Isabelle learns that she could alter her destiny… well, who wouldn’t jump at the chance?

The Evil Queen

The Evil Queen. A Snow White retelling 2019.

Title:The Evil Queen

Author: Gena Showalter

Published: 25th June 2019

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

Another retelling inspired by the Evil Queen from Snow White and the path that may lead her to villainy. Everly Morrow is a normal girl, that is until she discovers a magical ability – to be able to commune with mirrors. Fairy tales are prophecies of the future and she is terrified that she is destined to become the Evil Queen. Unsurprisingly, Everly wishes to take a different path but will she be able to resist the temptation of the dark side? I love the amount of retellings that are focusing on villains. Perhaps I have been tempted by the dark side!


Stain. A Princess and the Pea retelling.

Title: Stain

Author: A.G Howard

Published: 15th January 2019

Publisher: Abrams/Amulet Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

This was in my top picks for January 2019 releases here. Stain is a Gothic high-fantasy story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea. It is really nice to see a less popular fairy tale receive some love! I love the front cover and it definitely feels fairy tale-esque even though it doesn’t scream ‘fairy tale retelling’. As I have mentioned before, I really love Gothic influenced novels. It has multiple POVs with the protagonist Lyra being the princess of Eldoria, the Day Kingdom. The story is set in an alternative medieval world with many fantastical elements, where nothing is quite what it seems.

No Place Like Here

No Place Like Here. A Hansel and Gretel Retelling.

Title:No Place Like Here

Author: Christina June

Published: 21st May 2019

Publisher: Blink

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Goodreads link here

No Place Like Here is another retelling based off a less popular fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. It promises a modern twist and has a contemporary setting, specifically at a wilderness retreat centre. Ashlyn is forced to take a Summer job at the centre because her father is arrested and her mother is going to a rehab facility. The book seems to be very relationship focused, which I personally enjoy. However, it isn’t just about romantic relationships but strong friendships and difficult parent-teen relationships. If you are not a huge fan of retellings but enjoy contemporary novels then I think No Place Like Here will be a great book to pick up in May.


February seems to have flown by so quickly and I am sad that this is my final Six for Sunday this month. I hope that you have enjoyed the fairy tale theme and I have a couple of posts for you this coming week. There are so many great retellings out there and I hope that my posts have helped you find some new books to enjoy. Do you have any fairy tale retellings releasing in 2019 that you are excited about? Please share them below.

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  • 24th February 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Intriguing list! *bookmarks post for future reference*

  • 25th February 2019 at 9:44 am

    I love loved Stain!! I’ll keep a look out for some of these too 🙂

    • 25th February 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Stain seems to have a lot to it so I am really looking forward to picking it up, especially knowing that you loved it 🙂

  • 25th February 2019 at 9:54 am

    I really want to read No Place Like Here! This has make me order it!

    • 25th February 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Yay 🙂 I like to be the little devil on your shoulder saying ‘You know you want it!’ Let me know what you think of it.

  • 25th February 2019 at 10:31 am

    I haven’t heard of any of these surprisingly but I’ll definitely keep an eye on them now!

    • 25th February 2019 at 5:07 pm

      I hadn’t heard a lot of them mentioned before I specifically went looking for retellings, which surprised me too. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • 25th February 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Ooh excellent list!
    I am very excited for Stepsister.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • 25th February 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I love the cover of Stepsister!

  • 25th February 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Great list, a good selection of different things, there’s something for everyone! 🙂

    • 25th February 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Kate. I really tried to mix it up with the genres so I could cover different tastes 🙂

  • 25th February 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, so many amazing retellings! I had no idea that The Boy Who Steals Houses was based on Goldilocks – that’s so cool! I’m definitely going to have to check some of these books out 😀

    • 25th February 2019 at 6:04 pm

      I hope you find a couple that you want to pick up 🙂 It is really nice when authors choose to do a retelling of a less popular fairy tale. It is a good job that I was only focusing on fairy tale retellings as there are a lot of other retellings out this year too. Les Mis, King Arthur, Robin Hood… I’m going to be in book heaven.

  • 26th February 2019 at 6:23 am

    I am so interested in all of the retellings told in the villains perspective! I have never read something like that. I am definitely intrigued!

  • 27th February 2019 at 5:47 am

    So many retellings I have not heard about! And considering I love retellings so much, I am excited for all of them. Thanks for the list!

    • 27th February 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you for reading! I am glad that you have found some retellings that you hadn’t heard about 🙂

  • 1st March 2019 at 1:59 am

    i have stain and ive still not started it, so mad at myaself haha

  • 6th March 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve got Stain but still haven’t read it. No Place Like Here also looks really interesting, I’ve never read a Hansel and Gretel retelling before.

  • 20th March 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I received Stain in my January Book Hooked Box Subscription, can’t wait to read it, it sounds so good!

    • 25th March 2019 at 11:10 am

      I still need to read it (tbr is the size of a house). I would love to know how you get on. If you review it feel free to share the link 🙂

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