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The air is turning crisp, the days are getting shorter and the season is turning dark. Try these dark, twisty fairy-tale retellings to get you in the mood for fall!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Teen Fiction TEEN F BLACK, Teen Compact Disc TEEN CD BLACK, OverDrive eBook and OverDrive MP3 audiobook

In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.

 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao

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Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng, raised by a cruel aunt who says the stars destine her to be Empress of Feng Lu, chooses to spurn the man who loves her and exploit the dark magic that can make her dream real.

 

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Teen Fiction TEEN F SIMMONS and OverDrive eBook

When females are a precious commodity, hunted and sold to help repopulate the world, you learn how to become invisible. Fifteen-year-old Ava must find a way to survive when the girl, who belongs to a nomadic tribe of girls and women, is caught by savage businessmen.

 

Ash by Melinda Lo

Teen Fiction TEEN F LO and OverDrive eBook

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Once every ten years, a powerful wizard known as the Dragon chooses one young woman from Agnieszka's valley and spirits her away to his enchanted tower. Agnieszka expects him to take her best friend, Kasia, who's beautiful, clever, and brave. However, when Agnieszka is chosen instead of Kasia, she discovers untapped talents, challenges the Dragon's rules (and patience), and battles the malevolent influence of the nearby enchanted Wood in order to save the people she loves.

 

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Science Fiction SF MARILLIER and OverDrive eBook

To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has known and starts on a journey of pain, loss, and terror.

 

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Teen Fiction TEEN F MCKINLEY and OverDrive eBook

When her growing beauty begins to resemble her mother's too closely, Princess Lissar must flee her father's wrath, accompanied by her loyal dog Ash, and, in doing so, she unlocks a door into a world of magic.

 

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Maguire

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Recently returned from the Underworld, where she was the Lord of the Dead's beloved, teenage Nancy has no desire to stay at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. Established to help young people who have journeyed to other realms and returned home to find that their former lives no longer fit, this highly unorthodox boarding school is supposed to be a sanctuary for girls like Nancy. However, when a killer starts stalking its hallowed halls, stealing pieces of the students' souls, Nancy must put aside her dreams of death and keep her peers alive.