Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read

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Fairy tales are my FAVORITE.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Well, DUH.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This book changed my entire life, I swear. It was one of the first books I remember just loving so much it lit my brain on fire. I read it so much pages fell out.

Just Ella by Margaret Petersen Haddix
Another modern classic I loved as a kid. I really need to reread all the A+ fairy tale retellings of the '90s and early 2000's.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Look, IDK, but I think fairy tales are always better when you multiply the number of hot guys by three and add raw sexual tension. Just me.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Remember that thing about the raw sexual tension

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
While apparently this was inspired by a version of "Beauty and the Beast", it's not really a straight-up retelling, though the roots are there in the beginning. But I don't really care, because any chance to shriek about Uprooted and toss it at more people's faces I WILL TAKE. GO READ UPROOTED, IT'S PERFECTION IN BOOK FORM *throws it at your face*

Beauty and Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
More retellings I read as a child that I don't remember too well other than the fact that I loved them FEROCIOUSLY because Robin McKinley is the master.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Duh x 2

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Duh x 3

Valiant by Sarah McGuire
This book is perfection. It's adorable, action-packed, inspiring, and it feels like a new classic. PLEASE GO READ IT AND LOVE IT K THANX

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
GCL + fairy tales = yes. Loved the twist on beauty ideals in this. Also, I adore-y Prince Ijori (I'm so sorry)

Snow by Tracy Lynn 
I remember nothing about this book other than the fact I loved it as a kid and shipped the ship like WHOA and it involved a magical, slightly Gothic version of London that the heroine ran away to and YES.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
My GOD did I love this book as a kid. NARL. ROSIE. EVERYTHING. It's old school, slow and old-fashioned but OH MY GOD is it a great twist on the story. I need to reread this.


  1. This was such a fun post idea this week. I love retellings and you picked some good ones. Please drop by my blog and sign up for my give-away which is fairy tale retelling.

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  2. I really should read some of Robin McKinley's books. I mean, they are fairytale re-tellings (my favorite) plus I've heard only great things. :)

  3. I loved Cinder, Scarlet and Cress! I cannot wait for winter! I really want to read ACOTAR

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  4. You've reminded me of how much I need to read Valiant! Great list!

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  5. I LOVE RETELLINGS SO SO MUCH. Basically Marissa Meyer owns the world with them though. xD Her's are sooo clever and I love how she twists so many together and they work. Scarlet is my favouritest!
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  6. Spindle's End has been recommended to me before, it sounds like a great book. Also, I love Lunar Chronicles! :)

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  7. I LOVE everything by Gail Carson Levine. And Uprooted is on my TBR list--glad to hear it's as good as it looks! :)

  8. Okay now I really want to read Uprooted. You've risen my excitement and made my TBR list longer :D It's okay though, it will all be worth it!

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  9. OOH! There's so many of these I haven't heard of - going to check them out on Goodreads now! ;D

  10. I also loved the Lunar Chronicles, Robin McKinley's Beauty, and Ella Enchanted.

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  11. Fairy tales (and retellings in general) are my favorite toooooooo. Ella Enchanted will always be a forever favorite! You know I love Cinder/Scarlet/Cress, ACOTAR, Cruel Beauty, and UPROOTED (you intolerable lunatic!). There are quite a few I need to read though! Fairest and Valiant mainly. And omg Snow sounds so good! SPINDLE'S END!!! I LOVED THAT BOOK! I remember next to nothing about it so a reread would def come in handy.

  12. I love Robin McKinley's books so much. As a child, she and Tamora Pierce were my absolute fave authors. And THE BLUE TENT is the first book I ever remember feeling shipp-y about and oh man, I loved all the fairy tale retellings - I had forgotten about SPINDLE'S END. I don't know, reading UPROOTED a few months back really tapped into that feeling for me.

  13. I love your graphics for this post! Yessss to all the Marissa Meyer, Ella Enchanted, Just Ella, and ACOTAR!! And now I've got Robin McKinley, Valiant and Snow on my TBR because of you :)

  14. Oh, I love how you set up your post this week!

    I'm so thrilled to see Valiant is a retelling. I honestly forgot that it was. I need one for a challenge.

  15. Ella Enchanted is seriously one of my absolute faves! <3 I really do need to read the lunar chronicles! I've been meaning to read uprooted!

  16. I've heard great things about Robin McKinley's books but have never tried one; thanks for the recs! Glad to see Marissa Meyer on here (duh) and I still need to read Uprooted.

    Great list, lady!

  17. I'd forgotten all about Robin McKinley! When you mentioned Beauty and Rose Daughter a faint bell did peal someone in the cobwebbed recesses of my mind but only when you said Spindle's End did I REMEMBER THE GLORIOUSNESS! THOSE WERE SUCH GOOD BOOKS! Slow, occasionally completely off the point, but marvellous! Ugh. Pre-teen reading days, take me back!


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