Many of readers’ favorite classics are getting a fresh spin by authors writing for the teen market. These retellings, reimaginings, and alternate versions are a great way to revisit old favorites in a new light. Since many classics are packed with swashbuckling adventure, tortured love, ghosts, and mad science, it’s no wonder readers of all ages are embracing YA reboots. Here are some of my favorites.
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter (coming 2015) make up a four-book series inspired by various fairy tale heroines. In Cinder, a cyborg mechanic loses her foot in front of the handsome prince. In Scarlet, a girl befriends a street fighter named Wolf in a Red Riding Hood inspired story. These creative reboots are fast-paced and fun.
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany GriffinMasque of the Red Death and its sequel, Dance of the Red Death, reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story in a post-apocalyptic world beleaguered by plague. Beautiful writing makes this dark series an addictive read and will likely send readers back to Poe’s original short story.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonTiger Lily takes a minor character from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and gives her an entire world. The titular character is ambitious, wild, headstrong, and sure to make readers fall in love with her. Narrated by Tinker Bell, this story is a tragic and moving tale of love and loss.
Splintered by A. G. HowardSplintered and its sequel, Unhinged, take readers back into the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a dark, goth, utterly modern way. A descendant of the original Alice, Alyssa Gardner returns to a Wonderland that is far more grotesque, haunting, and dangerous. Full of twists and surprises.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge This Beauty and the Beast retelling combines the romance of the original fairy tale with a thrilling and inventive fantasy setting. Seventeen year old Nyx marries her sworn enemy with plans to murder him, only to fall in love and question everything she’s ever believed in.