Today it is time for another instalment in my recommendation post series thing. If you are yet to see one of these posts, basically, it is a recommendation post where I talk about my top, however many, books for a certain genre or topic. Today it is all about fairytale retellings. I am really into these at the moment, so here are a few of my favourites. Lets do this.
Poison, Charm And Beauty (Tales Form The Kingdoms) by Sarah Pinborough
I adore these books. I think they may well be my favourite ever retelling. In this amazing trilogy you follow several different fairytale characters on their journeys. You see their stories twist and manipulate and weave together. Everything in this world is connected. The who series follows the basic story of Snow White, but then there is also Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, The Huntsman and more. All of these characters are connected and I love that. This story is a brilliant re-telling. It is dark and twisted, sexy and intriguing. Everything that you could ever need in a retelling.
A Beastly Tale by M J Haag
I have spoken about this trilogy many times in the past, but it is possibly the most underrated, yet brilliant book/s that I have ever read. Fall into the dark new world of Beauty and the Beast. This is a dark twist on a classic tale. Follow Benella as she slowly ventures into the Beasts lair and ultimately trades her freedom for the lives of those that she loves and cares about, and everything that follows. These books are brilliant. They are so dark and twisted but also contain some really important topics such as rape, starvation, abuse, prostitution and much more. A truly wonderful retelling, but only if you are over 18 (there are some very graphic moments)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This is a retelling, prequel. In this book you follow the Queen Of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland in her early years, before she was queen. You see her life, her loves and discover what it is the causes her to be how she is in Alice. This is a lovely, all be it devastating, book. It is the best wonderland retelling that I have come across. It is fun and weird and whimsical, like the original but with new storylines and characters. It is a well worth a read.
Beware The Little White Rabbit by Various
This is an Alice In Wonderland themed anthology and it is brilliant. Containing 13 stories by authors including Liam Hogan, Holly Odell, Jessica Bayliss and many more. Each story is so different from the last. There is a space themed story, a steam-punky one, a post-apocalyptic wonderland with cyborgs, and so many other amazing stories. This whole collection is brilliant. The stories are imaginative and interesting, they are fun and whimsical and very dark at times. I really like this anthology. Plus, I think that this is a great way to discover new authors.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas
This (admittedly loose) Beauty And The Beast retelling is one of my favourite books that I have read this year. It is fast paced, action filled and so interesting. I couldn’t put it down. In this story you watch teenager Feyre trade her freedom for the lives of her family. Forced to leave her human life behind her, she is taken to Prythian, the fairy world. While there she discovers the secrets of the world, makes friends and slowly falls in love. This is a brilliant story. It is so gripping; I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to.
Fairest Of All by Serena Valentino
If you are after just a pretty much straight up retelling, without a twist, this is the one for you. This middle grade book tells the story of Snow White from the Evil Queens POV. It pretty much just sticks to the original story that we all know and love, but is a pretty decent read if that is what you are looking for. This is actually the first in a series of this retellings by Valentino. Currently there is also a Beauty And The Beast one and a Little Mermaid one (both of which I am yet to read).
And there we have it. those are some of my favourite Fairytale retellings that I have read so far. I do have a lot more on my TBR at the moment including Geekerella, A Twisted Tale, Cinder and many more. Plus I also want to reattempt Sisters Red, which I read in a slump a few years ago and ended up DNFing. What is your favourite retelling? Do you have any recommendations for me? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.