This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.Weird thing: I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings, but apparently I haven’t read nearly enough of them. I couldn’t come up with a list of 10 good ones if I tried! 🙁 BUT that means I can use part of this list to muse on some of the retellings I definitely need to prioritize on my TBR. So here – we – go.
Top 7 Retellings I’ve Read
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Obvious choice is obvious. I mean, Meyer retells the fairy tales in absolutely masterful ways, but aside from that, she’s built such an amazing world, story, and cast of characters. I absolutely adore this series, and it is on my top 5 series of all time list, for sure for sure.
2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: I’ve been reading a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings lately, but seriously none can measure up to Cruel Beauty. It ruined me for other books. It’s, just, the awesome snarky cynical main character, the VOICE, the slow-burn hate-to-love romance, and all the Greek mythology to boot. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I should reread this sometime soon.
3. Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz: It’s kind of more of a sequel/spin-off than a retelling, but that makes Hook’s Revenge all the better. Enjoy the spunky, stubborn main character, the snarky as hell narrator, the beautiful illustrations, and the irresistible middle grade ship. THE FEELS ARE REAL, OKAY?
4. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas: This booook. It’s without a doubt one of my favorites of 2015. I mean, I love Sleeping Beauty for one, and this retelling is bursting with voice and character depth. It might be a bit slow for some readers but I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for more.
5. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis: I feel like this book is cruelly underrated. Yeah, it’s similar to The Lunar Chronicles, but it’s a sci-fi retelling. In space. It’s a standalone, it has awesome fun characters (including droids to take the place of the dwarves), a super sweet romance, and ton of fun actiony adventures. I will not stop praising this book.
6. Valiant by Sarah McGuire: Also an underrated book. I didn’t know the original fairy tale, The Valiant Tailor, but this retelling was AWESOME. The main character totally kicks butt, and it has all the qualities that make me love fairy tales.
7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I mean, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling with Sarah’s excellent writing and storytelling. So… duh?
Top 3 Retellings I Want To Read
1. Entwined by Heather Dixon: I’ve had this retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses on my shelf for a shamefully long time. It ensnared me with its beautiful cover, but I’ve also just heard really great things! I hope I can fit it into my schedule soon, but also I need to get over the massive disappointment of Illusionarium.
2. Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison: I’ve been anxious for another Rapunzel retelling for a while now because Tangled is without a doubt my favorite Disney movie. Morgan keeps raving about this one, and hey, I’m listening. She knows her stuff.
3. Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott: It’s a Cinderella retelling set in JAPAN. Okay, I’m not just a little bit of a japanophile, so my heart is soaring. The lovely Kara gave this to me for my birthday last year and honestly I should have gotten around to it by now.