Top 10 Books with a Fairytale or Mythological Setting

Posted by Steph on August - 12 - 2013

Top Ten Books with a Fairy Tale or Mythological Setting

(this may be stretching the definition of setting, but I don’t care…)

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This series takes prominent fairy tale females and puts them in a futuristic world and surprisingly it’s absolutely fantastic.

Cinder #1 and Scarlet #2


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Modern day demigods, their immortal parents, and the never-ending quests to save the world.  I LOVE these…and continue to love them with the continuation of the characters in the Lost Heroes series.

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

I was scared this series wouldn’t be as good as the Percy Jackson series since I was head over heels for Avalon Highthose characters, but Riordan didn’t disappoint me one bit with this series. It was fantastic getting to learn more about Egyptian mythology I wish there were more though!

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

King Arthur tales hold a special place in my heart for some reason, so I thoroughly enjoyed Cabot’s modern spin on it.

Spindle's EndSpindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Sleeping Beauty’s tale re-told in a rather unique way. This is the only one I’ve read by McKinley so far, but I really enjoyed it so I will (hopefully) be able to read another in the near future.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel series by Michael Scott

Mythological creatures and famous people who’ve become “immortal” on a chase to fight for the world.  A wonderful Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)series blending modern day life with mythological creatures and amazing characters.

Abandon series by Meg Cabot

A modern day re-telling of Hades and Persephone in true Cabot form. Funny, fast-paced, and romantic.

FearlessReckless series by Cornelia Funke

Behind the mirror is another land where there are many different creatures and references to fairy tales we know (I suspect there are more references to fairy tales, but the author is German so maybe I’m not catching all of them).

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

These two aren’t re-done fairy-tales, but modern day fairy tales, which I’m sure in due time will become classics.

What are yours??? Got any suggestions?


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12 Responses so far.

  1. Your topic totally fits into settings!
    There are some super awesome books on here, like Ella Enchanted, Abandon, and Avalon High,/i> (I love Meg Cabot <3).
    But then there are some I haven't even heard of, but will have to look into, because I just love books with fairytale/mythological settings. They're awesome to read 😀
    My Top Ten post 🙂

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    I loved Cinder and Scarlet. They’re on my list too this week 🙂

  3. kimberlyfaye says:

    I love Marissa Meyer’s books. I can’t wait for Cress.

    My TTT, in which I explore my favorite books set in NYC.

  4. Jillyn says:

    I did fantasy setting this week, and the Lunar Chronicles made my list too. Great choice!

    My TTT.

  5. heartjess says:

    I swear I’ve seen Cinder on so many lists every week of TTT. I’ve got to read it soon!

    Here’s my TTT

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  6. Awesome list! These are two of my favorite topics! More books to add to my tbr, yay! 😀
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    • Steph says:

      Thank you Jenna! I will get to this at some point (there’s another one I have yet to do too). Now that the chaotic summer reading program is over I will (hopefully) have more time…but we should totally get coffee sometime at least!! And I’d love to re-watch some Harry Potter around Halloween!!