Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall
This steampunk retelling of “Cinderella” will delight readers with its depiction of a self-assured heroine just biding her time until she can improve her life. Audiences who enjoy self-aware rettellings that play with fairy tale tropes will likely enjoy this book. Read Briana’s review here.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Featuring a girl who has been “blessed” with the gift of obedience, this is the classic retelling of “Cinderella.” Readers will fall in love with the spunky Ella as she matches her wits against her stepsisters and the fairy who gave her her gift. Prince Char also makes this a great read for those who appreciate sweet romances. Read Krysta’s review here.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A somewhat gritty retelling filled with action in addition to pretty gowns and romance. Ella wins Prince Charming’s marriage proposal, but then discovers becoming a princess might not be what she wants. She might prefer to be just Ella, but will the royals let her leave?
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
A companion book to Princess of the Midnight Ball, this reads as a mixture of fantasy, romance, and mystery. The protagonist Princess Poppy is not the Cinderella figure, but, rather, the one who takes it upon herself to discover where a serving girl has suddenly been acquiring fancy new clothes. Fun and original.
Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
Part of the “Once Upon a Time” series published by Simon Pulse. It is not the most imaginative work in the series or even the best of Dokey’s own contributions, but it is nonetheless a delightfully fun read for anyone who loves retellings.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A science fiction/dystopian retelling in which Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing. This promises to be a unique contribution to the line of retellings, and the fact that it is the first in a series suggests that the story will explore deeper into the lives of the characters than the original tale. Read Briana’s review here.
Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison
This retelling takes inspiration from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire to depict Ella as a proponent of labor reform. Coming from “new money,” Ella struggles to find acceptance in her new social class, but also feels drawn to help the working class from which she rose. A modern take on a classic tale. Read Krysta’s review here.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
In this modern retelling, Elle is a geek girl who meets her prince at a con. A cute read meant primarily to be fun, though the book also raises questions about geek culture and what it means to be a “real” fan. Read Briana’s review here.