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Once Upon a Time is my favorite TV show. It has great characters. Snow White rescues herself most of the time and has a bow and arrow. The villains have well-devoloped motivations, personalities, and backgrounds. This is the kind of show that you watch with friends and family so you can discuss theories of what you think will happen next. You’ll be debating and guessing who the characters in the modern world were as fairy tale characters. I can’t say enough good things about this show! It’s in it’s third season. So I decided to make a list of books that follow the kind of themes that the TV show does. Hope you enjoy!
Smart Retellings with a Modern Twist
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont ★★★★ – This book was a great retelling and it reminded me of Once Upon a Time because it has both a modern and “fairy tale” setting that it switches back and forth between.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ★★★★ – Even though this has a sci-fi setting rather than a fairy tale one, I still think fans of Once Upon a Time will love this clever cyborg retelling of Cinderella.
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay – While I haven’t read this one, Stacey Jay is one of my favorite authors. She has this awesome ability to not just do a straight, bland retelling but to really make it unique and her own which is what Once Upon a Time does. If you like retellings but still like to be surprised at where the story will go give this book a try!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ★★★★ – While not a fairy tale, I still think this goes along with the spirit of Once Upon a Time. The Graveyard Book retells the Jungle Book where the boy is raised by ghosts instead of wolves. This is the kind of cool twist that I love in Once Upon a Time.
Villains and Heroines
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★– One of my favorite things about Once Upon a Time is the interesting villains who are just as well rounded as the main characters with tragic backgrounds and believable motivations. It makes it so you can’t tell if they are truly evil or not and after a while you start rooting for them and hope that they can change. Shadow and Bone features a villain like that. You can’t quite tell if he’s completely evil or not. This villains also happens to be pretty hot.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers ★★★★★ – If you like how strong the female characters are in Once Upon a Time, you have to read this book. It features assassin nuns who hold their own and use a bow and arrow just like Snow White does.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – The new villain for season 3 of Once Upon a Time is the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. If you haven’t read the original tale, it’s a must read. It’s very different than the movie. I read it as a kid, but I remember it having a darker tone and more interesting twists than the movie did.
Reawakened by Odette Beane – This is a spin-off novel for the series that came out last year. The chances of it being good are pretty slim, but I know I’m totally going to read it this summer when I’m missing my favorite TV show and all of the characters.
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen ★★★★ – If you love the fairy tale scenes in Once Upon a Time, then I think you’ll love this book. It has a modern character in a classic fairy tale setting. He’s sarcastic, reckless, and I think he would give Captain Hook a run for his money.
Entwined by Heather Dixon ★★★★★ – This is a great retelling of a classic fairy tale. It has wonderful characters that remind me of the ones on Once Upon a Time.