Review: Faraway – Fairy Tales for the Here and Now


Rating: ☆☆
Title: Faraway: Fairy Tales for the Here and Now
Authors: Rainbow Rowell, Nic Stone, Soman Chainani, Ken Liu, Gayle Forman
Series: Faraway
Genre: Fantasy – fairy tale retellings
Audience: YA/Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Reecca Lowman, Kimberly Woods, Jess Nahikian, Alexander Cendese, Michael Crouch, Neil Shah, Greg Chun, Andrew Eiden, Josh Bloomberg, Graham Halstead, Brian Holden, Robin Eller, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Ryan Jordan McCarthy, Timothy Andres Pabon
Length: 5 hours (166 pages)
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Source: Audible
Recommended for fans of: fairy tale retellings, any of the included authors


The Princess and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell: A charming everyman and a mysterious something-under-the-bridge cross paths in a short fairy tale by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and the Simon Snow series.

Hazel and Gray by Nic Stone: 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin.

The Princess Games 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.

The Cleaners by Ken Liu: 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.


I love fairy tale retellings, and I was excited to read modern fairy tales from this group of authors, but I didn’t think any stories in this collection were particularly memorable. My favorite was The Wickeds by Gayle Forman. I didn’t really like any of the other ones. If you are a fan of any of these authors, it might be worth checking out their story because they’re all pretty short, but don’t feel like you need to read the entire collection. Individual stories are included with an Audible subscription (don’t waste a credit on the collection) and Prime Reading.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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