by Sophie Schmidt
Looking for a Disney Princess-y kind of book that isn’t The Lunar Chronicles? (No offense to the series, but there has to be something else to feed our princess addiction when we finish it!) Here is a list of books I recommend because each brings one of Disney’s classic leading ladies to mind.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Belle is the bookish princess of the group, and Lady Jane Grey fits the bill perfectly. Throughout the story Jane just wants to read, but no one will let her! Other characters involve her in their scheming and it results in a very ruffled Jane. Belle and Jane lose their noses in books but also find their inner strength to fight for those they love the most.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Swept off the streets and put into a palace, Mare and Cinderella have some eerie similarities. For instance, neither girl has had much luck in the stepmom department. The pressure Mare is under to pose as a Silver is constant and made ten times harder by the current queen in her world. If you thought Cinderella’s stepmom was harsh, wait until you meet Queen Elara.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This recommendation is based more on setting than character. However, if Jasmine picked up a gun she would no doubt become an amazing sharpshooter like Amani. Amani’s fierceness and desire to be more than what she was born for reminds me of Jasmine. These two ladies aren’t afraid to go after what they want, even if they have to disguise themselves. Add in a cute bad boy and you’ve got a great new read.
Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Put aside Yael’s skinshifting abilities and she and Mulan could be sisters. Both fight for what is right and to save their people. I wish I had the battle skills of these ladies! Neither hesitates to go mano-a-mano against a man, and both fight to keep their true identities a secret. How could you not love such spirited women?
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
I don’t know about you, but I always thought the fairies did all the real work in Sleeping Beauty—Philip only kissed her. He even got captured and the fairies had to break him out! I feel like this is a mashup of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. On one hand you’ve got the dragon element, and on the other you have an evil queen who will stop at nothing to get to the top. The Shadow Queen follows Lorelai, the princess of Ravenspire, whose crown was stolen by her stepmother. Lorelai teams up with her brother Leo, and they fight for Lorelai’s throne sans sleeping.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Safiya and Iseult are two witches who must figure out the true strength of their powers. (Their journey is filled with a trek through the elements, and it will leave you dying to read the sequel, Windwitch.) Safi, Iseult and Merida are troublemakers, but despite their mischeif they come from good places. I feel like they could all be BFFs; they’re three fiery, strong women who will do anything to follow their hearts.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Maddy is definitely the next Rapunzel. A rare autoimmune disease that causes her to be allergic to everything keeps her homebound. Her only company is her at-home nurse and her only entertainment comes from books (The Little Prince is her favorite). When a family moves next door with a boy Maddy’s age, everything changes.
Starflight by Melissa Landers
It was so hard to decide which character to choose for Pocahontas…so many options! When I saw Starflight on my Goodreads I knew immediately that it was a match. Imagine Pocahontas living in the future and being a teeny bit more thug, and you’ve got Solara. They fight for what they believe in and aren’t afraid to go against the grain to get their point across.
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Tiana and Gigi are both driven young women who work hard to achieve their goals. While Tiana dreams of having her own restaurant, Gigi must fight for a position on the student counsel. Thankfully Gigi has her two besties, Neerja and Bea, at her side. And she gets a little unexpected help from a jock when she goes head-to-head against one of the most popular boys in school.
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
You might think Ariel wasn’t making the smartest move trading her voice for a boy she saw on a boat, but when Natalie Cleary sees a boy on a football field her life changes, as well. Natalie discovers a whole new world that she craves to be part of, but her choices will cost her something dear. She has an adventurous spirit like Ariel’s, and both find the meaning of true love at the end of their journeys.