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Publisher's Summary

Classic fables take on new meaning as five of today’s most original bestselling authors serve up some deliciously modern twists. New reflections on evil queens, charmless princes, and star-crossed lovers branch out in provocative and enchanting directions. Follow the path and see where it leads...


A charming everyman and a mysterious something-under-the-bridge cross paths in a short fairy tale by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and the Simon Snow series.


Two anxious young lovers lost in the woods. A beckoning mansion in a dark clearing. A short modern-day retelling of Hansel and Gretel by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin.

THE PRINCESS GAME by Soman Chainani

There are no happy endings for the Princesses of Chaminade High in this short, twisty tale of teenage murder games by the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series.


Touch the past or wash it away? Two sisters have a choice in this unforgettable short story of everyday magic and the power of memory by the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Ken Liu.

THE WICKEDS by Gayle Forman

The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the number one New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.

Full list of narrators includes Kate Rudd and Frankie Corzo.

©2020 The Prince and the Troll © 2020 by Rainbow Rowell. Hazel and Gray © 2020 by Logolepsy Media Inc. The Princess Game © 2020 by Soman Chainani. The Cleaners © 2020 by Ken Liu. The Wickeds © 2020 by Gayle Forman Inc. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Don't look for happy endings in these five fairytale-themed stories. Instead they offer thoughtful contemporary impressions of classic works. In The Prince and the Troll, narrator Rebecca Lowman's lilting voice and endearing laugh are captivating - as the prince discovers. Kimberly Woods is authentic in Hazel and Gray, a frightening cautionary tale based on "Hansel and Gretel."… The large cast of The Princess Game delivers a murder mystery that unfolds via police interviews. It's anxious, desperate, and edge-of-your-seat creepy. Kate Rudd narrates The Cleaners with an eerie detachment that fits it.… Frankie Corzo delivers The Wickeds, a story of wicked stepmothers.” (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Savannah Knight
  • 08-03-21

Mixed bag

Some of the stories were interesting, even compelling, while others were completely skippable. The rating is overall because there's quite a range to the individual tales.