We love classic fairy tales, but sometimes we would like some extra twist in the story. Putting these stories into a modern form also a great way to add some spicy to the classic tale.

We collected five books which are essential reads in this genre. We also created a Listopia list on Goodreads to see your votes and suggestions.


Tam Lin by T.J. Deschamps

Over five hundred years ago, Tam Lin betrayed the Queen of the Fae, leaving her to be with his human lover Janet. Tom, a literature professor, knew the story. Adopted, he spent his life studying the stories of others and their families, never knowing his own.

When his boyfriend, Ariel, gifted Tom an all expense paid trip to Ireland to seek out his Ulster-Scots roots, he never expected to find out how his story tied into the legendary Ballad of Tam Lin.


A Cinderella Story by E.K. Woodcock

For her twenty-sixth birthday, Skylar gets a psychic reading as a present from her mother. Although she is skeptical, she decides to actually go ahead with it. When the woman manages to touch on things Skylar hasn’t even admitted to herself and gives her some strange advice, Skylar leaves not knowing how to feel. But when part of the psychic’s premonitions come true, her world is turned upside down.


The Librarian and Her Beast by Laura Ann

Piper Belmont lives for the joy of the written word. And her job as a librarian in a prestigious private school would almost be perfect if it weren’t for the staff’s bullying beauty queen who seems to have it in for her. But Piper would love to beat her out for the attention of the hunky new football coach… if only he would say more than one syllable.

Nash Wilde has learned to keep his mouth shut. Yet when he falls for the petite school librarian, he curses his lack of eloquent speech. But he hopes actions speak louder than words when he rescues her from trouble on a deserted street.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.


The Enchanted Rose by R.M. ArceJaeger

First cursed, then kidnapped, Princess Aurea is not your average heir to the throne. Nor is Prince Ari, who is turned into a beast by a wicked enchantment. They will need each other if they are to save their kingdoms, but there's a curse on Aurea even darker than the one on Ari, and a single finger prick could spell doom for the entire land.