The Dark of the Woods, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Aladdin Paperbacks, 2006)

An omnibus reprint of two earlier collections – Swan Sister and A Wolf At The Door, this is a collection of fairy tales retold and reinterpreted by some of the best names in YA and fantasy, including Jane Yolen, Neil … Continue reading

Grail Quest #1: The Camelot Spell, by Laura Anne Gilman (HarperCollins, 2006)

When every adult in Camelot falls into an enchanted slumber, only a squire, a stable boy, and a maidservant have what it takes to journey across the land, find Merlin, and save the day. Monsters, dangers, and challenges galore await … Continue reading

Temping Fate, by Esther Friesner (Dutton, 2006)

When Ilana Newhouse gets a temp job for the summer, little does she realize at first that she’ll be filling in for the Greek Fates, who turn out to be alive and well (like the rest of the pantheon) and … Continue reading

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives & The Unusual Suspects, by Michael Buckley (Amulet Books, 2005)

When orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with their newly-discovered grandmother, Grenny Relda, in the small town of Ferryport Landing, they’re introduced to a bizarre family heritage involving immortal fairytale characters. In a town where Snow … Continue reading

Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins, 2006)

In a land where song and beauty are prized above all else, Aza is spurned for her relative ugliness, even though her voice is just short of magical. However, her vocal talents bring her into high society as a pawn … Continue reading

Duckling Ugly, by Neal Shusterman (Dutton, 2006)

Cara De Fido has lived with a profound ugliness all her life, literally capable of curdling milk and breaking mirrors. However, when she discovers how to become beautiful, she also learns of the horrible price her “cure” and subsequent rash … Continue reading

Cupid, by Julius Lester (Harcourt, 2007)

Psyche is a young woman whose extreme beauty brings her nothing but loneliness and dissatisfaction. Cupid is the god of love, ordered by his mother, Venus, to make sure Psyche falls in love with the most unsuitable, undesirable man possible. … Continue reading

Avalon High, by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins, 2005)

Arthurian archetypes find themselves reincarnated as teens in Meg Cabot’s newest offering. All the familiar faces are here in one form or another: Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Mordred, even Merlin. But what connection does Ellie (Elaine) have to them? Is she … Continue reading

Trolls’ Eye View, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Viking, 2009)

In this new collection of short stories from acclaimed anthologists Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, fifteen of the field’s best fantasy authors tackle the subject of fairy tales, retold from the viewpoint of the villain, and aimed at a younger … Continue reading

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

This is the long-awaited capstone to the bestselling, highly popular Spiderwick Chronicles, and is actually a replica of the book which carries much of the story’s plot. In the books, the three Grace children find their uncle’s Field Guide to … Continue reading