Whether you are a fan of the Sunday night TV series, or simply a lover of all things fairy tale, you will find just the right read on this list to magically transport you to another realm.  The reality train has left the station…your fantasy chariot awaits!

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn

“The Mermaid of Brooklyn,” by Amy Shearn is an enchanting story of a young mother who believes she’s been taken over by a mermaid. The clever plot shows her coping with life as she raises two young children after her husband’s mysterious disappearance.  A light, fun summer read!

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

“The Queen of the Tearling” series by Erika Johansen is an epic tale of a no-nonsense, kick-ass heroine destined for greatness. There is adventure, sorcery, political intrigue and a world that closely resembles our very distant past. Binge read this trilogy and you will not be disappointed!

I am addicted to the YA (young adult) genre as it is replete with titles that satisfy, particularly for those of us who love a fresh take on traditional fairy tale lore.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

“Stealing Snow,” by Danielle Paige is a modern re-telling of “The Snow Queen” tale from the author of the phenomenal series, “Dorothy Must Die.” In this telling, Snow has been in an insane asylum for years, only to discover that she isn’t crazy…she truly does have the power to harness snow.  The sequel should be out later this year and I, for one, cannot wait!

Splintered by A.G. Howard

The “Splintered” trilogy by A.G. Howard is the most satisfying re-telling of the “Alice in Wonderland” story that I have ever read…and re-read.  Alyssa is a direct descendant of Alice Liddell, and like every other female in her family, she questions her sanity. Her mother has been in and out of hospitals her whole life and there is something her father isn’t telling her. But what if Alice’s journey through the rabbit hole was real? A dark fantasy novel with richly detailed characters that won’t disappoint any fan of the original tale by Lewis Carroll.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

“The Shadow Queen,” by C.J. Redwine is the ultimate read for fans of Snow White and her battle with the Wicked Queen. Snow White is no pushover and she is willing to do what it takes to save her kingdom from dark magic. I am sure Ginnifer Goodwin modeled her Mary Margaret/Snow character after the one in this version.

Spelled by Betsy Schow

Finally, if you are looking for a novel that will entertain you, and your tween, look no further than “Spelled,” by Betsy Schow. This novel is a wickedly funny re-telling of “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring Dorothea and a pair of Hans Christian Louboutin heels.  Need I say more?  Perfect choice for a mother-daughter summer book club.


Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com


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