Hey bookworms! I don’t know about you, but I am a total sucker for fairytale retellings. To me, retellings are a way of reading the same story but with a different perspective or something a little different each time. However, they are not for everyone since essentially you’re reading the same story over and over again, but for me, I can’t get enough of them. So, here are some of my favorites so far 😊
So This is Love – Elizabeth Lim | This is the most recent retelling I read and I absolutely loved it. It is a Cinderella retelling that answers the question, “what if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper?” After escaping her step mother, Cinderella finds work in the palace as a maid for the King’s sister. While she is there, she tries to find a way to tell the Prince she is the “lost princess,” but also discovers that the Grand Duke is not who he seems to be. The times i did sit down to read, I couldn’t put it down even while staying at my sister’s house and around four kids.
Hunted – Meagan Spooner | This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling where not only is Beauty held prisoner by the Beast but he wants to use her as his hunter for something he cannot say. As Beauty discovers more about the Beast’s world, she realizes that the fairytales her father would tell her are real and only she can help save the Beast. This one includes brief snipets of the Beast’s POV in which you can see the rise and fall of the Beast’s human side. This book also kept me on my toes and towards the end I was almost in tears.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer | Another Beauty and the Beast retelling but this time Beauty is 18-year-old Harper with cerebral palsy who gets sucked into the Beast’s (Prince Rhen) cursed world after trying to save a girl from being kidnapped in modern day Washington DC. I do like the representation in this book although it is not my place to tell if it is accurate or not. I loved this book so much that I’m thinking of rereading it so I can finally move onto the next book before the third book comes out next year.
Heartless – Marissa Meyer | I would say this is more of a prequel to Alice in Wonderland. It focuses on the Queen of Hearts before she became the rutheless queen she is and how she became to be. Let’s be real here, this book left a hole in my chest for a while and I have never mourned a character like this (won’t say who because of spoilers, but if you know, you know). I will admit there were some characters that annoyed me very much but to me it felt necessary to the plot.
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer | Once again Marissa Meyer makes an appearance on this list. This series combines a couple of fairytales in a futuristic sci-fi setting such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel. I loved this series. It definitely gives a different perspective on all of the different fairytales involved. I wish I had more to say on this, but I don’t want to risk spoilers.
So there you have it, some of my favorite fairytale retellings. Comment some of your favorites below! 😊 Until next time!