Book Lists: Rapunzel Retellings

If you’re anything like me, you might also love fairy tale retellings with your whole heart. It’s like escaping back to childhood but with dark twists and turns. Good news is there are plenty of retellings out there–including those of our favorite long-haired princess. (Also just a quick PSA: there are some great retellings out there that come in the middle of a series, but I try to only include books that are the first in a series or standalones so you can jump right in).

  • Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel by Cameron Dokey

Genre: YA Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.78

Rapunzel’s mother made a deal with the enchantress, Melisande. If she couldn’t love her baby as she appeared, she would give her up. When Rapunzel was born bald without hope of growing hair, her mother readily surrendered her. Sixteen years later, Melisande reveals to Rapunzel that she has another daughter, Rue, who needs Rapunzel’s help. The girls have two days to break an enchantment, or Rue will be cursed forever.

  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Genre: Historical Fiction Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.99

French novelist Charlotte Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles because of her love affairs. She takes refuge in a convent where a nun comforts her with the story of a girl who was sold for a bag of bitter greens. When Margherita’s father is caught stealing, courtesan Selena threatens to cut off his hands unless she can have his girl. Margherita is locked away in a tower and sings, hoping someone will hear her. One day, someone does.

  • The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Genre: Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.79

Rapunzel spends her days tending a garden with her adoptive mother, Mathena. Mathena was banished from the kingdom for being a witch though many women still seek her out for remedies. Mathena wants revenge. One day, Rapunzel captures the attention of a wandering prince and they have an afternoon of passion before he leaves to his betrothed. The prince marries his betrothed and they have a daughter called Snow White, but the prince can’t stop thinking of Rapunzel. When his wife dies, he finally marries Rapunzel, girl of his dreams. Mathena’s wedding gift to them is an enchanted mirror and Rapunzel falls under its evil spell, ruining the bliss they might have.

  • Braided: A Lesbian Rapunzel by Elora Bishop

Genre: LGBT Fantasy

Average Goodreads: 4.01

Zelda is cursed to stay in an ancient tree, growing her hair until it touches the ground. It wasn’t supposed to be her curse–it was meant to be Gray’s, the witch’s daughter. Gray visits Zelda every day, mourning their fates and falling in love. Until one day, a creature gives them a plan to escape.

  • Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Genre: YA Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.60

Zel lives in the mountains with her mother. Zel meets a handsome prince at market one day and is moved by emotions. Her mother, sensing the future, will do anything to prevent it.

  • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Genre: YA Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.66

17 years ago, an eclipse put the kingdom in darkness and a chancellor killed the king and queen. Their daughter, Luna, has been hiding in a tower since. When Luna meets Fowler, an archer outside her tower, she is drawn to him. When the tower is attacked, they escape together on a dangerous journey and a star-crossed romance.

  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Genre: Graphic Novel

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.89

Every day a little girl would play in the garden with who she thought was her mother. Every day she grew more curious on what might be on the other side of their garden wall. Until one day she finally climbed it and glimpsed the desert beyond.

  • Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

Genre: YA Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.69

Rapunzel has a serious illness keeping her inside Gothel Mansion. Her hair is fifteen feet long. She’s also the key to keeping the world from destruction. So not your average teen. But then she meets Fane, a boy who will convince her to risk everything.

By myadventure2017

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