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I totally cheated this week and picked a genre that I knew I didn’t have 10 of, but that I really enjoy! So the first 6 are retellings I’ve read and enjoyed, the last 4 are retellings I’m super excited to read!
Retellings I’ve Read
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Tiger Lily was absolutely everything I was hoping for, and more. Anderson perfectly captured the spirit of one of my favourite tales, and at the same time, managed to create something completely imaginative and new. With characters that came alive off the pages, a plot that left me breathless and an ending that captured a piece of my heart forever, Tiger Lily is the Peter Pan retelling I never knew I always wanted. I loved it even though I couldn’t talk about it for a few days without tearing up. I loved it even though I will never be able to look at Wendy the same way, ever again. I loved it even though Peter broke my heart. And I loved it because of all these things; because it made me feel.
Splintered by A.G. Howard: Absolutely gripping from start to finish, Howard wove a whimsical and magical tale that left me both thrilled and enchanted! Splintered’s evocative imagery brought Wonderland and its inhabitants to life, lyrical prose had me dancing along its pages, while complex characterization gave the story depth and meaning. Easily one of my most imaginative reads of 2013, Splintered left an aching desire in my heart to get lost amongst its magical pages, transported into a Wonderland that both thrilled and terrified me. Surprisingly unique, Splintered is creative fantasy at its absolute best!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer completely blew me away with her debut book, Cinder. Full of the familiar details we associate with Cinderella – a handsome prince, a wicked stepmother and a seemingly unattainable ball – but told in such a new and different way that the story became fresh and exciting!
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: For Darkness Shows the Stars was a tumultuous tale of love, heartache and realization. Set on a post-apocalyptic backdrop, the plot thrived on the growing tensions between those in control, and those questioning why. Amidst familial politics, the threat of forgetting oneself and ones values, and a romance for the ages, For Darkness Shows the Stars was captivating from beginning to end!
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson: An isolated and fantastical abbey, with rooms painted like underwater castles or adorned with paintings fit for any museum, sets the stage for Nickerson’s Strands of Bronze and Gold. An endearingly naive heroine and an insidiously twisted antagonist added a level of suspense, while the ghosts of Cressac’s ex-wives added a certain creepiness that kept me turning the pages late into the night!
Everneath by Brodi Ashton: A heartbreakingly beautiful tale of love, loss and immortality, Everneath is the type of book that will leave you broken and sobbing on the floor, as your heart breaks over and over for the fates bestowed upon these tragically hopeful characters.
Retellings I’m Excited to Read
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen: So many people are raving about this series, especially with the recent release of The Lady Thief, that I can’t help but get excited about it! I’ve had a copy of this on my TBR shelf for…a while now, but I’m finally going to be reading it in the next couple weeks! Also, how can you resist this tagline? “Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.” I want to be swept away!!
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: This seems to be one of those love/hate books, with bloggers decidedly straying to one side of the coin or the other; I’m choosing to believe I will be a lover! A Beauty and the Beast retelling interspersed with Greek mythology? It’s like two retellings in one!
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell: I read a review somewhere that described Blackwell’s writing as something that needed to be read aloud in order to appreciate its beauty. I didn’t care what else the review said after that, because that was enough for me to add it to my wishlist and to start hoping I get a copy soon! Also, Sleeping Beauty retelling? First I’ve seen, so bonus points for creativity!
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce: A Little Red Riding Hood retelling that promises danger and death and sisterly bonds and a romance? Need I say more?