What's Hot in KU
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Start the new year with these twisted fairy tales, available in the Kindle Unlimited library and for purchase on Amazon.com
The Hunt by Frost Kay
Death marked her from her very first breath.
Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it's a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war.
Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she's thrust into the care of the King's Hounds - the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother's memory, Tempest throws herself into training.
But becoming the first ever female assassin isn't enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom's most feared enemy - the jester - a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness.
Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom.
Red Rider by Kate Avery Ellison
Werewolves. A human resistance. And a girl caught between two worlds. Red Riding Hood meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this post-apocalyptic YA fairytale retelling!
Red has a secret.
She's one of the Chosen, despised young women whose DNA is compatible with that of werewolves. Identified by a mark on their wrists, Chosen girls are taken to the capital in their late teens and gives as mates to the Sworn, the werewolf army who has conquered the human race. The Chosen bear the children that rare, barren female werewolves cannot.
Red only reveals her secret to save her boyfriend from execution. Now, her fate is sealed.
She is escorted through the wilderness by a deadly Sworn named Vixor Rae, a prince among the werewolves known by most as the Silver Wolf. Red is drawn to Vixor against her will. Attracted to him, even. But he is her enemy, and she cannot forget it even for a moment.
But when zombified monsters called treecrawlers attack, and only Red and Vixor survive, the werewolf prince and the rebel human must put aside hatred and rely on each other to make it out of the perilous wilderness alive.
The Princess Companion by Melanie Cellier
Danger and romance await a woodcutter's daughter in a royal palace.
One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle. After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.
What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn't know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue, and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.
This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.
Snow White by K.M. Shea
Once upon a time, a princess and her stepmother ruled together with all happiness and joy…until the Queen’s chronic headaches and mood swings escalate to violence, and Princess Snow White is forced to flee for her life.
Snow White is certain that a dark magic has pushed her once loving stepmother into madness. Shy and bookish as she may be, she will do whatever is necessary to save the Queen, even if it means approaching the infamous Seven Warriors—a group of outspoken fighters who live in the forest—to ask for their help. Unfortunately, six of the men are not convinced the Queen can be redeemed.
Fritz, the seventh warrior, is her only hope.
Hailed as both a deadly fighter and a humble forester, Fritz senses there is more to the Princess than there appears to be. When magical horrors attack, his mind is made up, and the Seven Warriors pledge their loyalty to Snow White.
With the warriors helping her, Snow White is certain her stepmother can be saved. But just when victory seems near, a poisoned apple changes everything...
The Dragon Princess by Lichelle Slater
A curse upon her head I place,
that all will see her truest face.
The rage of a dragon shall grow inside
until, the truth, she can no longer hide.
As crown princess of Arington, the Spring Kingdom, I should be celebrating my seventeenth birthday. Instead, my mother has arranged my marriage, the last of the fae has been killed, and my dragon curse is taking hold.
The fae vowed to help me dispel the spell of a dangerous sorceress. If I don’t break that curse within the year, I will become a dragon and destroy my country and family.
It’s time for me to take control of my own destiny, even if it means acting against my controlling mother and facing the sorceress myself.
Riches to Rags by Casey L. Bond
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
The Golden Warrior by M. Lynn
There is only one way to be free of the curse.
Etta Basile has to die.
The only other option is to give in to the magic that has held generations of her family tied to their greatest enemies.
And Etta refuses to die.
Thrust into a tournament to fight for her life, Etta knows something the royal family does not. If they have her killed, they too lose something they hold dear.
Their beloved prince.
His life is tied to Etta’s by a power they can’t imagine. If she survives the tournament, she must protect him at all costs, despite his family’s persecution of her people.
But as she searches for a way to break the unbreakable magic, she realizes he is not the enemy she wants to believe.
The closer she gets to Prince Alexandre, the harder it is to remember who she truly is.
A girl whose true identity must remain hidden.
A girl with an illegal ability that can lead to her execution.
A girl who has already lost everything there is to lose.
As the Basile curse throws everything into question, Etta must figure out the difference between love and magic.
If there is one at all.
This set contains the first three books in the Fantasy and Fairytales series: Golden Curse, Golden Chains, and Golden Crown. It IS a complete story.
The Lost Legends by Cait Marie
A plague. A prophecy. A centuries-long curse.
All her life, Princess Adalina heard tales of the legendary, immortal warriors known as the Nihryst. Cursed and bound to a deck of tarot cards by her ancestors, the Nihryst were stranded on a remote island nearly a century and a half earlier.
Her brother, Prince Shane, is destined to rule the kingdom of Detmarya. Though preparing for this role has encompassed his entire life, control of the kingdom may come sooner than expected due to their father's sporadic behavior.
Discovering the king's plan to set a war in motion with a mass assassination, Ada unwittingly joins a crew of pirates in search of the only beings powerful enough to stop him: the Nihryst. Meanwhile, Shane and a group of underground rebels make a haunting discovery of a plague infecting the streets of Detmarya.
With a looming deadline to save multiple kingdoms and thousands of innocent lives, both royal siblings join quests worthy of Ada's beloved fairy tales.
Entombed in Glass by Stacey Rourke
Mirror, mirror on the wall.
What’s behind that fated call?
He’s the seer of present, future, and past,
Yet remains a nameless face entombed in glass.
Raised as a servant in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Alastor worked his way up to a regal member of the Royal Guard. Only as a decorated soldier did he stand a chance of winning the hand of the woman he’s loved since childhood … Poseidon’s only daughter, Princess Vanessa. But, when the war against humans rages, dark magics are evoked to give the mermen a fighting chance. Temporarily granted legs, they charge from the sea into a doomed battle.
Doing the bidding of his masters as a trusted pawn,
The claims of his loyalty couldn’t be more wrong.
Waking on land, with bodies all around, Alastor’s lone goal becomes returning to the ocean and the only life he’s ever known. A plan that is quickly diverted when Hades, Lord of the Underworld, appears with a twisted agenda all his own. Cast to a land far from the lapping comforts of home, Alastor’s sole companion is a troubled misfit named Sterling that soon comes to depend on him. Trained to be a hero, how far is Alastor willing to go to return to the woman he loves? And can he live with the sacrifices he's forced to make?
Each day he schemes to break free from their thrall,
and honor a self-made vow … to kill them all.
Of Thorns and Beauty by Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle
You think you know the tale as old as time, but you’ve already got it wrong.
There never was a beauty and a beast, only a girl who was both.
And that girl was me.
Zaina will never be free.
She's forced into an arranged marriage to a Viking King in a castle full of secrets. But she carries secrets of her own, and the scars of her haunted past.
Handed off from one monster to another, she has no choice but to do her best to survive and protect her sisters.
Even if it costs her everything.
A Beauty and the Beast retelling you won’t want to miss, where nothing is what it seems and time is running out.