Explore the most exciting and magical new retelling books based on fairy tales, myths, and your favorite classical novels. Read the best new mythology retellings, new fairy tale books, new YA retelling book series, and dark retelling books for adults with romance, horror, and never-ending adventures.
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New Retelling Books Based on fairy tales, myths in 2022
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Are you ready to read some of the most thrilling new retelling books? Then you’re at the right place because we collected some of the scariest, funniest, and most romantic new retellings of 2022. You’ll find here some of the most anticipated new fairy tale retellings, new Greek myth retelling books, and some of the most thought-provoking new retellings that were inspired by classical novels.
However, you’ll also find here some lesser-known but just as exciting retelling novels that will take you around the world and beyond.
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Thanks to these exciting and ancient tales you’ll get to travel to ancient Greece, New Orleans, and many other otherworldly places while also experiencing your favorite stories in a whole new way.
We also have some treats for Disney fans who want to meet their favorite characters and read more about their adventures. From witches, dragons, princes, demons, and cursed bears you’ll find here new and unique stories that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page.
15| Windsong by Stephanie E. Donohue – New Fairy Tale Retelling Book, June 2022
This enchanting story is the retelling of a Norwegian fairy tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. The story follows Eighteen-year-old Roxana Welhaven who wants to find a way to help her mother find a cure for her terminal cancer. She stops at nothing and goes as far as making a deal with a talking polar bear.
The bear offers to cure Roxana’s mother if she stays with him for a year as a servant. Once Roxana agrees she’s swept away through a portal to an enchanted land and gets settled in a lavish castle. Soon, she finds out that there is a real man trapped inside the bear’s body. As they get to know each other they fall in love and Roxana sets out on a new adventure to save him.
Windsong is one of the most charming fantasy Norwegian fairy tale retelling books and is a great choice for Beauty And The Beast fans.
14| Cursed by Marissa Meyer – New Fairy Tale Retelling Book Series, November 2022
The second book of the popular Gilded YA fantasy book series is finally arriving this year. The story follows Serilda and Gild as they try to free the curses of the spirits that tether them to Adalheid’s haunted castle. They’re running out of time and might not be able to stop Erlking who wants to capture one of the seven gods.
Soon, they find out that they’re fighting for something even bigger because Erlking wants to capture all of the seven gods and break the veil between the Dark Ones and the land of the mortals.
Cursed is one of the most anticipated new retelling books of 2022 and is a great choice for those who love stories about curses and haunted castles.
13| The Dark One (Vicious Lost Boys #2) by Nikki St. Crowe – New Retelling Peter Pan Books, April 2022
This deliciously dark Peter Pan retelling is perfect for YA and adult readers alike who love dark fantasy books. The second book of the Vicious Lost Boys retelling books series is just as spooky and thrilling as the first one.
In this series, Neverland is not all sunshine and fun because there is something dangerous and dark haunting the forest. As if the lurking of this sinister power wouldn’t be enough Captain Hook and the Fae queen are getting ready for a bloody battle to win control of Neverland.
Wendy tries to help the Never King get back his shadow but even then she’s not sure if she can find a place for herself. It’s a thrilling read with a great enemies to lovers vibe. If you’re looking for new fae books to read then don’t miss this dark retelling.
The Dark One is one of the scariest new retelling books of 2022 not only for Peter Pan fans but horror and dark fantasy book lovers too.
12| Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert – New Erotic Fairy Tale, Greek Mythology Retelling Novel, June 2022
This steamy new mythology retelling book is a very much adult version of the famous tale of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus.
The story is set in ancient Greece where we follow Achilles Kallis who lives in Olympus and while he was born with nothing he’s working with unflinching determination to get some power for himself.
As Achilles and Patroclus enter the deadly competition they also get to meet Helen. The three get into a complicated and steamy relationship while trying to find a way to win the competition.
If you’re looking for new steamy adult fairy tale or mythology retelling books then you should check out Wicked Beauty.
11| Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese – New Historical Fiction Retelling, October 2022
Did you always want to know more about Hester? Now you can get to know Nathaniel Hawthorne’s infamous character from The Scarlet Letter in a whole new way.
This Historical story follows Hester as she meets Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 19th century as they grapple with finding a place for themselves in a new world. It’s an atmospheric novel that captures the long history of “unusual” women being accused of witchcraft. If you love meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined novels then Hester will be your new favorite read in 2022.
If you’re looking for new books about witches then don’t miss Hester.
Hester is a thought-provoking and exciting new retelling novel and is perfect for those who love stories about New England’s witchcraft trials.
10| The Hood by Frost Kay – New Robin Hood Retelling Fantasy Novel, April 2022
This Robin Hood retelling novel reimagines the famous thief as a woman and gives it a bit of a Mulan twist.
The story follows Robyn who finally returns from the war. However, at home, she’s faced with a new threat as she is forced into an arranged marriage by men who want to steal her land. Soon she finds no other way but to join the fray and even find a way to get some help from a dragon.
If you love adventurous fantasy stories then you should check out The Hood.
The Hood is perfect for Robin Hood and Mulan fans who love strong female lead fantasy stand alones and fairy tale retelling.
9| Ashes by M.K. Harkins – New Modern Day Fairy Tale Retelling Book Series, May 2022
This snarky and fun YA retelling book follows Ashley as she’s trying to finish high school, and evade her haters while dealing with all the dead bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary.
However, when one of the most famous pop stars of her generation joins the school her life changes forever. She’ll have to find a way to help Harry to evade his crazy fans and get back on stage. Soon Harry has to choose between love and fame.
If you’re craving new dark romance novels then pick up this magical read.
Ashes is a twisty Cinderella YA retelling book and is perfect for YA and adult readers who love YA romance fantasy novels.
8| Cinder & Glass by Melissa de la Cruz – New Fairy Tale Retelling Book, March 2022
Craving for more fairy tale retellings with a historical setting? Then check out Cinder & Glass. This magical fantasy story is set in 17th century France and Cendrillon de Louvois. Cendrillon is now called Cinder since after her father’s death she’s lost all her power and is now a servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters.
At the ball where Prince Louis has to choose a bride, they finally meet however she also manages to make a connection with the Prince’s younger brother Auguste. Soon Cinder will have to choose between the two boys while fighting with other women at court for the Prince’s hand.
Cinder & Glace is perfect for those who are looking for a historical fantasy retelling book with magic, romance, and love retold fairy tale classics.
7| Almost There (A Twisted Tale): A Twisted Tale by Farrah Rochon – New Disney Retelling Book, September 2022
Did you love the Disney feature The Princess and the Frog? Then get ready to meet your favorite characters once again and get lost in the magical city of New Orleans.
The story follows Tiana who’s backed into a corner and is forced to accept an offer from Dr. Facilier which alters her life forever.
Tiana suddenly finds herself in a new reality where she got everything she ever wanted, her restaurant, her friends are safe and sound, and even her beloved father is alive again. However, something eerie and dangerous lurks in the streets of New Orleans and Tiana has to work together with Naveen and Charlotte to solve the mystery before she loses everything.
If you want to read more real-world setting books then check out some of the most exciting new historical fantasy books of 2022.
Almost There is an enchanting Disney retelling novel set in New Orleans with a spooky mystery.
6| The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh – New Myth Retelling, February 2022
This magical story will take you on one of the most amazing journeys of your life. You’ll follow the story of Mina and her village’s Sea God. Mina grew up to be one of the most beautiful girls in her village. Which is not the best thing in this village.
The villagers believe that all the natural disasters and death are caused by the Sea God. So, every year they throw a girl into the sea to become the Sea God’s bride. Through the years they were hoping to find the ‘True Bride’ who will end their suffering.
Mina, however, is not afraid to take control and decides to throw herself into the sea and that’s when she gets transported into the spirit realm where she finds out that the Sea God was in deep sleep the whole time. Mina has to find a way to wake him up before her time runs out.
If you’re looking for unique and beautiful new fantasy books then you should put this enchanting novel on your TBR.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea is the perfect mythology retelling book for YA and adult readers who enjoy ancient stories and wouldn’t mind a voyage to an undiscovered sea and the spirit world.
5| A Veil of Gods and Kings by Nicole Bailey – New Greeky Mythology Retelling Book, March 2022
This new Greek mythology retelling book is a steamy and thrilling romance story that’s a great choice for those who love myths and enemies to lovers stories.
The story follows Apollo who is half-mortal and half god. He should be taking his position as god of the sun but he doesn’t want to take the responsibility. Soon his father gives him the ultimatum to either ascend or spend a year mentoring under the obnoxious Prince Hyacinth.
While the two first hate each other as they get to know one another better their hate soon turns into love.
A Veil Of Gods And Kings is an atmospheric new Greek mythology retelling that’s perfect for fantasy and romance lovers.
4| Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater – New Fairy Tale book, May 2022
Get ready to join Merida on a life-changing adventure in this YA retelling stand-alone fantasy novel.
We meet Merida again years after her adventures in Brave. While she loves her family and her beautiful kingdom she also craves adventure, purpose, and love. However, she didn’t want a dangerous supernatural appearing DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish her realm. Merida gest only one change to change her family within a year or everything and everyone gets destroyed.
Merida sets out on epic adventures to other kingdoms hoping to inspire revolution within her family and save her kingdom and everyone in it.
Bravely is an epic new fantasy retelling book inspired by Disney’s Brave with princesses, kings, gods, and epic voyages.
3| Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher – New Dark Fairy Tale Retelling Book, April 2022
If you’re looking for new dark fantasy books or spooky fairy tale retellings then Nettle & Bone is the right book for you.
The story follows Marra who seeks help from a powerful gravewitch to finally save her sisters from an abusive prince. The gravewitch agrees to help if Marra completes three impossible tasks.
Marra embarked on a dangerous journey accompanied by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon to finally get the tools to kill the evil prince and save not only her family but the whole kingdom as well. If you’re looking for new horror books then put this spooky story on your TBR.
Nettle & Bone is a creepy horror fairy tale retelling novel for adults and YA readers who love fantasy and paranormal stories.
2| The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones – New Fairy Tale Retelling Book, April 2022
This magical story will take you to a kingdom in Wales where magic and conflict are a part of everyday life and it follows Mer who is familiar with both. Mer is the last living water diviner and she has been running and hiding from the prince who wants to bound her into his service.
Mer goes on a dangerous journey to destroy the magical well so she can finally find peace.
The Drowned Woods is an ethereal fantasy YA retelling novel that’s perfect for adventure fairy tale lovers.
1| The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim – New Mythology Retelling Book, August 2022
This magical story follows Princess Shiori who promised to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner but turns out that this adventure is way more dangerous than she thought.
She goes on an epic adventure to the kingdom of dragons where she has to navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike. While she also has to evade dangerous enemies who would rather see her burn at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.
Shiori has to use all her strength and will to fight for her life and for everything and everyone she loves.
The Dragon’s Promise is an epic fantasy retelling book about family, true love, and dragons of course.
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