The Best Fairy Tale Books You Must Read: Updated 2019

Updated 2019

Fairy tales have survived hundreds of years and have been retold time and again. Most fairy tales were born out of cautionary tales that have existed nearly as long as humanity itself. Others are tales of princes and princesses, born from a time when such figures dominated the landscape. From Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White, these stories teach us the basic fundamentals of the human condition. But not all fairy tales are millennia old, as many new authors are bringing this art back to life in the modern day.

What Did These Fairy Tale Books Do To Qualify For This List

Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the fairy tale genre will truly like. To come up with this list we took into account:

  • quantity and quality of user reviews
  • sales data
  • public perception
  • opinions of readers of this genres
  • commercial success
  • and of course personal opinion

Take a look at the best Fairy Tale Books you can read right now:

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• Best Fairy Tale Books

Best Fairy Tale Books

Here are the best fairy tale books by the experts:

1) Druid’s Due: A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel (The Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense Series Book 8), by M.D. Massey 

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: After surviving my time in the Void, I just wanted a little peace and quiet. But a pissed-off special agent from a mysterious federal agency thinks I’m to blame for a recent string of magical disasters. So to avoid indefinite incarceration, I have to go on the run… Undoubtedly one of the best fairy tale books.

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2) Supermage (Rise to Omniscience Book 1), by Aaron Oster

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: Morgan’s life is not easy. Growing up on the streets of City Four, he is constantly shunned by the other citizens. Morgan doesn’t mind being ignored. What he does mind, though, are the constant beatings from the city guards due to his friendship with Sarah, the city lord’s only daughter

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3) American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel, by Neil Gaiman

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: A storm is coming . . . Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life

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4) The Elven (The Saga of the Elven Book 1), by Bernhard Hennen , James A. Sullivan , Edwin Miles (Translator)

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: The Elven is an epic tale, bringing heroes together across the boundaries of their worlds to avenge past losses and influence fates yet to be decided

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5) CIRCE, by Madeline Miller

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

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6) The Royal Trials: Seeker, by Tate James

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: One quest. One crown. One shattered heart. The Royal Trials were never meant to be easy, not even for an imposter like Rybet Waise. But nothing could have prepared her for the magical storms, mutated animals and malicious gods standing in her way.

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7) The Royal Trials: Imposter, Tate James

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: Three trials. Three weeks. Three Royal Princes.It should have been an easy task, for a skilled mercenary like Rybet Waise. Simply break into the royal palace, and rescue her friend from the executioner’s block. But when Rybet accidentally qualifies for the Trials, she finds herself with little choice but to see them through.

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8) Pathways (The Kingdom Chronicles Book 1), by Camille Peters

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.

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9) Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales, by Kate Forresterby 

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each one is brought to life with elegant silhouette art by Kate Forrester in this special illustrated edition.

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10) Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years Book 1), by by Gregory Maguire

Best Fairy Tale BooksBook Summary: Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

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Best Fairy Tale Movies

If you enjoyed the best fairy tale books, why stop there? Take a look at our list of best fairy tale movies and witness these marvelous films from the big screen.

1)Available: A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Starring: Alexa Yeames , Gordon Palagi , Donna Castellano , et al.
Directed by: Michael Gibrall

Movie Summary: Anka Nowicki (Alexa Yeames of “The Originals”) suddenly inherits her parents’ billboard business, and is forced to choose between her senior year of college and running the company. Hapless pizza delivery guy and community college dropout Ralph Moretti (a charming and comically-gifted Gordon Palagi) offers to help run the business so she can finish school.

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2)Jack and the Beanstalk

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz , Colin Ford and Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: Gary J. Tunnicliffe

Movie Summary: A fairy tale character is about to flunk out of fairy tale school. Jack must perform a heroic deed by Monday or fail just like his father before him. He sells his Computer of Wonder for a handful of magic beans and a mysterious book. Accompanied by his sidekick Grayson, Jack climbs the magic beanstalk to recover the fabled Harp of Destiny from the evil giant who lives in the sky.

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3)The Otherworld – A Celtic Fairy Tale

Starring: James Karcher , Gisela Pereira , Hjeron O’Sidhe , et al.
Directed by: Gisela Pereira

Movie Summary: A magic fairy tale drawing on Pagan Celtic myths and Irish legends. The Warrior Lugh, crosses Woodland heading to Tara to join the court of King Nuada and the Tuatha Dé Danann. During Lugh’s travel, he is bewitched by a Fairy (Immrama) to a Beltane celebration, when the line between the human and fairy world are vulnerable and Lugh crosses unaware to The Otherworld – the fairy realm.

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4)Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Starring: Drew Barrymore , Anjelica Huston , Dougray Scott , et al.
Directed by: Andy Tennant

Movie Summary: This Cinderella is far from a victim. Much to her stepmother’s dismay, Danielle’s independence and intelligence attract the love of the prince.
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5)Not Cinderella’s Type

Starring: Paris Warner , Tim Flynn , Tanner Gillman , et al.
Directed by: Brian Brough

Movie Summary: Indy lives with her aunt and uncle and believes her life is fine until an accident brings a new guy into her life. Bryant Bailey is not Indy’s type – she’s never been into guys like him. But then again, she’s never really known anyone so stubborn and caring that can also help her discover who she is and what she’s worth. A modern telling of Cinderella, based on the fairy tale novel by Jenni James.

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Best Fairy Tale Books in Audio

Now that you’ve seen our list of the best fairy tale books and movies, I’m sure you’ll be interested in trying out more of the best fairy tale books in audio!

1)Charmed by Jen Calonita, Kristin Condon, et al.

Book Summary: Gilly’s gone from zero to hero at Fairy Tale Reform School, but it’s still not smooth sailing. Her new villainous professor is the infamous pirate Blackbeard, and her newfound cool factor might be making her act a bit more royal than she’d like to admit. When The Wicked One, aka Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis, breaks the Evil Queen out of the dungeon, Gilly realizes the kingdom is still far from safe. Gilly and her friends must figure out who is trading secrets in the castle and how to stop Alva from terrorizing Enchantasia – before she comes after the ones Gilly loves the most.[/shareable]

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2)The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley, L. J. Ganser, et al.

Book Summary: In book one, sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files.

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3)Reign: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, Book 4 by Chanda Hahn, Tavia Gilbert, et al.

Book Summary:  Ignoring Jared’s orders and going to the Fae plane has cost Mina dearly. She remains haunted by her decision as a new danger surfaces. The Grimms are fading. With the help of her Fae Godmother and a pair of magic shoes, Mina Grime will have to travel to the past to save her family’s future. Mina must go to the Story’s beginning – where the dark prince’s reign began. But can she complete her quest before her time runs out or will she be trapped in the past forever?

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4)White as Snow: Not Quite the Fairy Tale Series, Book 6 by May Sage, Shane East, et al.

Book Summary: Blanche Wood’s life has always been crazy – voices in your head kinda crazy – but before him, she could deal with it. Her stepmother would have loved to carve her heart out and eat it the day her father died, but as Blanche is the last of the Woods living in the Woodlands, she had to put up with her. Alessandro Primerius, Prince of Alenia, the fay blooded man who could rule the entire world if he so wished, was everything the Queen’s ever desired… and he wants Blanche. Despite the fact that Queen Ilda is the fairest of them all.

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5)Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairy Tale Romance by Vivienne Savage, Shoshana Franck, et al.

Book Summary: Princess Anastasia Rose dreams of attending school, but her plans are put on hold when war begins between her father and the beastly lord of a nearby castle in the mountains. Prince Alistair isn’t an ordinary dragon. He’s a shifter afflicted by a curse, unable to become human again until he finds his true love. When a mortal king’s adventurers trespass in Alistair’s territory to steal a rare flower, the prince decides to steal a valuable prize of his own.

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Conclusion

What do you think about our list of best fairy tale books? If you have another genre that you prefer to read we have probably compiled a list of our favorites for that genre too. So if you are looking for something other than the best fairy tale books you can find other genres here.

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