My three-year-old niece Heidi LOVES Cinderella. She has a costume, plush dolls, and a soundtrack that she often dances to with her Daddy (it’s an adorable site!). Cinderella is that iconic Disney princess–a timeless beauty. So if you’re Cinderella-obsessed as well, here are some YA re-tellings to keep the love story alive.
(By the way, did you know that the Grimm brothers did not write Cinderella? Charles Perrault wrote it, titled The Little Glass Slipper, in 1697. The Grimm duo popularized it in the early 1800s.)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinderella meets Sci Fi in this first book of the four-book fairy tale Lunar Chronicles series. Cinder is a cyborg (half-human, half-robot) in New Beijing and hated by her stepmother. But when she meets Prince Kai and falls into a forbidden attraction, she finds herself in an intergalactic struggle that pushes her to confront her past.
This is a popular series for very good reason–you’ll want to read them all!
Ash by Malinda Lo
Ash is Cinderella–a girl who has lost her father and is hated by her cruel stepmother. She feels she is finally being rescued when dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean is available to steal her away. But when Ash surprisingly falls in love with the King’s Huntress, Kaisa, she must choose between true love and fairy dreams.
A very different take on Cinderella with an LGBT focus.
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Princess Poppy wants to escape the troubles of her kingdom, so she agrees to participate in a royal exchange program. This program allows princes and princesses to travel to each others’ kingdoms in order to form stronger political alliances. But Poppy is blindsided when servant Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother to compete with Poppy for a prince’s hand.
Fairy godmothers aren’t always sweet, huh? This is an action-packed quest with sweet romance and magic galore!
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
Lucy feels like she’s living in a Cinderella story–her father is always away on business, she has a mean stepmother and bratty stepsisters, and her list of chores is never-ending. But when Lucy sees varsity basketball player Connor Pearson, she hopes her destiny has finally changed.
A sweet book that makes you think about what really makes a happy ending, and that happy endings aren’t always what you expect.
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Cinderella meets Memoirs of a Geisha. Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow-weaver and can transform herslef into any form. But who is she really? And will she use her power to get revenge on her mother’s cruel husband? And is it possible for her to capture the heart of the prince?
With beautiful Asian culture, this book is filled with everything–adventure, fantasy, tragedy, romance, and revenge.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena has just served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her assassin crimes. But she is offered her freedom from Prince Dorian on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Not a typical Cinderella story, but one that has a girl needing a prince to rescue her from an awful situation. Celaena is pretty kick-butt, though, so don’t expect a weak Cinderella figure.
Have you read any of these? Tell me in the comments, along with your favorite thing about Cinderella!