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Fairy tales are timeless, but every once in a while, it’s nice to see things from a different point of view. Take a look at these titles reimagining classics from the Wizard of Oz to Beauty and the Beast.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

In this reimagined story, Dorothy has found her way back to Oz and has seized power that’s gone straight to her head, putting Oz in danger. Amy Gumm, other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to remove the Tin Woodman's heart, steal the Scarecrow's brain, take the Lion's courage, and—Dorothy must die.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund HodgeCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This story is great for fans of the 2017 live action Beauty and the Beast, and a read-alike to fantasy series An Ember in the Ashes. Nyx is betrothed to the ruler of her kingdom, with her ultimate fate being the one who will kill him and free her people from his tyranny. But when she finally arrives at her betrothed’s castle on her 17 birthday, her tyrant of a husband isn’t what she expected. He’s charming and beguiling, and Nyx is beginning to have a difficult time drawing herself away from him. She knows her duty to her nation, but she can’t simply resist the fact that he’s pulling on her heart.

Flame in the Mist by Renée AhdiehFlame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Mulan meets Throne of Glass. The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. At 17 years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace. Mariko escapes and plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back.

Twisted Tale Series: A Whole New World by Liz BraswellA Whole New World by Liz Braswell

What if classic Disney fairytales happened a little differently? In a different take on Aladdin, when Jafar steals Genie’s lamp, he uses two of his three wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. In order to stop the power hungry ruler, Aladdin and princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. 

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya MenonOf Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

This story is a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast. Family is the most important thing to Princess Jaya Rao and she’ll do anything to protect her little sister from the Emerson clan continuing their century-old feud. When Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, she plots to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart. Grey has been cursed and knows he’s doomed once he turns 18. After living a life of isolation, his world becomes brighter when Jaya enters. As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

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