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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
This book is version of the "Beauty and the Beast" story. It's very like the Disney movie (though the book came out first), except there are no talking clocks, teapots, whatever. ...
Deerskin
Princess Lissar had only one friend; her dog, Ashe. Yet, when she turns 17, her father threatens to take Ashe away after declaring that he was going to marry her. Then, one night, Lissar is forced to flee the kingdom after her father rapes her and almost kills Ashe. She finds refuge in a small mountain cottage, where she meets the Moon Woman. After Ashe is transformed to look differently, Ashe with long hair and Lissar with white hair and black eyes, Lis...
Rose Daughter
McKinley revisits the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, but adds complex characters and a more complicated storyline that has a different ending than the original fairy tale. In this retelling of the story, after Beauty goes to live with the Beast, she spends much of her time tending to his rose garden. After seven days, she falls in love with the Beast and the two go to live with her father and sisters. The ending is different because the Be...
Spindle's End
This retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" story begins when Rosie, a young princess, is born. A witch casts a spell on her and says that she will prick her finger on a spindle on her twenty-first birthday and die. A peasant fairy takes Rosie to the forest and raises her, concealing her royal identity. Rosie grows up to be a tomboyish young woman who can talk to animals. She makes friends with another girl of her age, a girl who she believes to be the true ...

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Sunshine
When Sunshine is kidnapped by vampires, she is positive she won't live to see the dawn. Vampires are hunted down and destroyed, and as such, they don't take kindly to humans in their midst. After being knocked unconsious she awakens chained in an abandoned mansion across from an unfed vampire named Constantine. Constantine has been imprisoned by a rival vampire and is fighting his instincts to kill Sunshine. Of course, Sunshine is not just some naive...
The Blue Sword
Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live a desert country called Damar. The Hillfolk, a magical race, shares the land with the Homelanders, who are troubled by the rumors of the terrifying Northern army. When Corlath the Hillfolk king comes to visit the Homelander town, he sees Harry, a tall, yellow-haired girl. But he senses something about her, a hidden power that has become rare in his race. His mind constantly returning to her, he ...
The Hero and the Crown
Prequel to The Blue Sword, this is the coming of age story of Lady Aerin the Dragon Slayer. Aerin is the king's only child, and grows up with a lot of hangups. She's kind of klutzy and she's the only one around with red hair and her jealous cousin gives her a hard time and tells her she's the daughter of a witch. Since her mom's dead and her dad's the quiet type, Aerin doesn't know much about her mother and feels insecure about herself. She reads a l...


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