I'm going to cheat. They host the feature on The broke and the Bookish and this week we had to tell 'our top 10 authors we would like to see on a reality show.' Since I hate reality shows, I decided to do something else. I want to tell you about fairytale retellings! I'm going to show you two of my favorite ones - the ones I haven't reviewed yet. I'm going to show two I didn't like and the ones I can't wait to read :)
1. Tracy Lynn - Snow. I think it's pretty obvious that this story is about Snow White. It's a really nice story, where the dwarves are transformed to outcasts with animal-like behaviour and appearence.
Jessica is pale, lonely, and headstrong, and quick to learn that she has an enemy in her stepmother. "Snow," as she comes to be known, flees the estate to London and finds herself embraced by a band of urban outcasts. But her stepmother isn't finished with her, and the wicked witch threatens her very life.
2. Zoë Marriott - The swan kingdom. A story I love dearly. It's about the Swan princess (have you ever seen the three animation movies <3) Alexandra is a lovely character and she is very strong.
When Alexandra’s mother is slain by an unnatural beast, shadows fall on the once-lush kingdom. Too soon the widowed king is entranced by a cunning stranger — and in one chilling moment Alexandra’s beloved brothers disappear, and she is banished to a barren land.
3. Sarah Blakley-Cartwright - Red riding's hood.
Alright, who comes up with the idea of writing a book WITHOUT the ending in it? I had to go to the website to read the damn ending: and the book wasn't even that good. The synopsis sounded great, the cover looked alright and Red Riding Hood can be pretty good. Not. It was actually quite boring.
The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.
4. Heather Thomlinson - Aurelie: a fairytale.
There was something wrong with this book. I don't know why, but the beginning was strange and I never lost the feeling that I've missed something. I gave up after a couple of chapters and that doesn't happen very often. I guess the writing style was just not my cup of tea.
Once upon a time, three children and a little river dragon were the best of friends—until a promise was broken. Now they are almost grown up and barely speaking to one another. With her country in turmoil, Aurelie is sent on a peacekeeping mission. But how can she prevent a war when she can’t even make her friends get along? Heartsick at losing her dearest companions, especially the handsome Garin, Aurelie finds comfort in her secret, late-night trips to fairyland. But a princess can’t hide from her duties forever. Her country needs her, and so do her friends—whether they know it or not.
Can't wait to read.
5. A.G Howard - Splintered. I've featured this one in my Waiting on Wednesday before, but I have to use it again in this list. This one.. It's breaking my heart that I have to wait until 2013. Hello! 2013! That's torture.
When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.
And I keep going all fan-girlish (if that's even a word) over the cover. It's so pretty!
6. Alethea Kontis - Enchanted. The release date was may 8th, so my hands are aching to buy it, but I have to wait. I've spent enough money on books this month, but it hurts, haha.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
7. Ruth Frances Long - The treachery of beautiful things. Another book I'm DYING to read. The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis makes me feel all jumpy and I really hate waiting.
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.
8. Jodi Lynn Anderson - Tiger Lily.
I haven't read any retellings about Peter Pan (I do have some titles waiting for me), but this one sounds intruiging! Here is just a teasing part of the synopsis.
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
I have mixed feelings about the cover. I do like the colors, but I had to look twice before I really saw what's on there.
So, I could talk all day long about fairytales and retellings, but I'm just going to keep it on 8 books. 8 is my favorite number and I have a nice balance between waiting for new loves and talking about the loved ones.
What's your list?
Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.