My Favourite (Chill) Fairy Tale Retellings

Today, I just wanted to share a super quick list of some of my favourite atmospheric, fairy tale retellings. All of these deliver on the wintry vibes- without you having to the hassle of going outside ๐Ÿ˜‰

snow child

The Snow Child– itโ€™s been a long while since I mentioned this exquisite historical fiction. Set in 1920s Alaska, it draws on the Russian fairy tale by the same name and delivers something utterly unique.

bear and the nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale– also inspired by Russian folklore, this has a more fantastical touch and is set in an authentically medieval setting. If youโ€™re in the mood for high fantasy, then I canโ€™t give you a better recommendation for the winter months.

wolf in the whale

Wolf in the Whale– this is more inspired by a patchwork of different mythologies, stories and histories- which I think qualifies it to be on this list. Plus, it certainly delivers on the atmospheric quota- youโ€™ll need to be nice and snug while youโ€™re reading this, or youโ€™ll catch a chill!

to kill a kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom– if youโ€™re looking for something a bit creepier, then look no further! This deadly little mermaid retelling will cut you to the quick!

hazel wood

Hazel Wood– while not technically a retelling, it does draw on so many fairy tale motifs. Plus, it has a gothic edge to it too.

So, have you read these? Do you plan to? And what retellings give you the wintry vibes? Let me know in the comments!

60 thoughts on “My Favourite (Chill) Fairy Tale Retellings

  1. Oh I love The Bear and the Nightingale so much! It’s such a great story, and definitely perfect to read on a winter’s day. To Kill a Kingdom sounds intriguing… another one for the TBR list!

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  2. I really disliked The Snow Child, I know Iโ€™m in the minority but the last couple of chapters massively bothered me. I read it while my now 4yr old was a baby and without giving spoilers, that may have affected my judgement. Really want to read To Kill a Kindgom

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  3. I haven’t read these ones! I don’t know if it’s a winter vibe but I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, beauty and the beast retelling.

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  4. This is the third time I’ve seen The Wolf In The Whale this week … all on different blogs. I think the universe is sending me a sign.

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