August 4: Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Want To Read
It’s only very recently that I’ve (finally) succumbed to the hype surrounding (in particular) YA fairytale retellings – I read ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas and absolutely loved it – and now I am absolutely ready to delve further into this genre (my list loosely defines the term “fairytale”).
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I’ve been wanting to read this Cinderella retelling ever since I discovered BookTube. It has had so much positive attention across social media, but the only thing I’m resistent about is the cyborg element – having never read a book of any genre featuring cyborgs!
2. Beastly by Alex Flinn
Ever since I saw the film trailer (I have yet to actually see the movie) with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, I’ve wanted to read this book. I think the concept is extremely interesting, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
3. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
I heard about this book though BookTube, and it sounds exactly my cup of tea! I love Disney, the characters and the worlds, so I know I’m going to love this book. It’s about the children of characters such as Maleficent, Jafar and Cruella de Vil – what could be better?
4. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
By all accounts, this is a cute YA story about a girl falling in love with a fairytale character from the pages of her book. It sounds very different and the book itself is filled with beautiful illustrations.
5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
A Wizard of Oz retelling, I’ve heard this novel is dark and amusing, so I’m interested to see how the two concepts intertwine. I believe that Dorothy has turned evil, and that has me hooked.
6. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
This book (at least to me) seems to have remnants of Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’, and “through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.” Sounds amazing.
7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Another Beauty and the Beast retelling, this one is darker and more sexual (apparently) than most YA retellings. Having read (and loved) ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ I definitely feel more novels of this nature are imminent on my TBR list.
8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This novel is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, a story I have no familiarity with, but this novel has been receiving a huge amount of hype and positive reviews from the BookTube community that I simply can’t omit it from this list.
9. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
According to the Goodreads page, this book is “weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic” which sounds thoroughly intriguing. And even better, it’s illustrated by Chris Riddell.
10. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I’m cheating a little for the final book, as I’m currently in the process of reading the ‘Throne of Glass’ series (which is loosely based on a retelling of Cinderella). This is the third book in the series, and with the eagerly awaited fourth being released next month, I need to catch up.
Do you see any of your favourites here, or can you recommend me some amazing books? Please leave a comment down below. I am currently hooked (get it) on ‘Once Upon A Time’, (I’m on season 3 – no spoilers) so any retellings about any characters would be greatly appriciated!
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