You loved them as a kid and there is nothing wrong with loving them now! I know you are looking for something more 'mature' and authors have heard your call! Fairy tales have grown up along with you. Now you can get the whole story; the unedited version that your parents tried so hard to keep from you! They are all here and waiting!
Remember your favorite fairytale characters? You heard their tales every night before bed and remembered their tales until you could imagine every step they took. They are so hard to leave behind! And now that you are a teen you think leaving them in the past is part of growing up. But authors have heard your cry and they are bringing fairy tales back with extreme prejudice! So if you are looking for anything fairy tale that fits who you are now, take a look around, or take it with you! I'm sure you will find something just for you here!
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce New York: Little, Brown, 2011.
A chocolatier, a brother and sister, a witch who steals children, and a case to be tackled about a missing twin, and a chocolate festival in Live Oak, South Carolina, give a new spin to the story of a witch who likes to cook children in her woodland home oven.
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston New York: Razorbill, 2010.
Locked up in the Home for Wayward Wolves, Henry Whelp is presented with some new evidence that just might clear his father of the murder of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, but he will need the help of a full cast of fairy tale characters to help him uncover the mystery.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen New York: Tor Teen, 2002.
Placed in a Holocaust setting, this haunting rendition of Sleeping Beauty follows a young girl's journey as she tries to unravel her grandmother's dying words which urge her to find the castle and the 'maker of spells".
Beastly by Alex Flinn New York: Harper Teen, 2007.
Set in modern day New York City, an arrogant young man crosses the wrong girl in English class, wakes the next day to find himself 'beastly' and must set out on a journey of self discovery to find what no amount of money, popularity or good looks can get him; love in his monstrous form.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
The Snow Queen is set in a modern day with two children who have been friends forever, bound by the love of fantasy such as Hogwarts and Oz, but one day they suddenly stop talking, then the boy's heart is frozen and he is lead off by a woman to a palace of ice.
Cloaked by Alex Flinn New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
A young woman/ princess arrives in South Beach, Florida looking for help finding her brother who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. The hero (who is less than heroic) works in a shoe store, but with the help of a few elves and he is anything but typical.
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2008.
This Rumpelstiltskin retelling is set in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and is beautifully told from the perspective of a wool mill owner's daughter who must find a way pay their outlandish mortgage after her father's death, when a man who spins straw into gold offers to help her.
Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri New York: Candlewick Press, 2010.
Modern day finds the Darling family in the Marlowe School, where their father finds an artifact which will lead to unknown consequences and the new RA Peter is looking for some mummies which might grant him his dream of eternal youth.
Entwined by Heather Dixon New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
When the king is depressed by the death of his wife, there are twelve daughters who feel the pain of their father's moods, but they finally find relief when their father leaves on a trip. Meanwhile, during his absence, the girls find a magical staircase which takes them to a place where they can dance the nights away.
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn New York: HarperTeen, 2009.
The back and forth conversational tone between the 316 year old princess, who has been asleep for 300 of those years, and the modern day hero who tries to figure out how to explain their age difference to his parents, adds a personal perspective to this story of love that crosses the ages.