August retelling link-up | Fairytale recommendations.

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I sometimes get questions about fairytale retelling recommendations. Today I’m going to list all the favorite retellings I’ve acquired over the years.

1. Jodi Lynn Anderson - Tiger Lily.
I’m not someone who cries over books or movies, but there are still a couple of stories that manage to touch me in such a way that I get teary eyes. Even thinking about this book makes me want to crawl into bed with a cup of Ben & Jerry ice cream. Tiger Lily features, like the title says, Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. We see how she finds love – and how she loses it. The writing-style is what got me. Beautiful prose and it’s told from the interesting POV of Tinkerbell.

2. Rosamund Hodge - Cruel beauty.
Hands down one of the best debuts I’ve ever read and by far my favorite retelling from Beauty and the beast. Cruel beauty is dark and the mythology based world is so well-crafted. I feel like I could reread this book a thousand times and every time I will discover something new. This is not the kind Belle we know from Disney. Nyx is broken and tormented, which makes her fascinating to follow. Her chemistry with Ignifex *SHIP IT*

3. Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles.
This series opened up the world of sci-fi. It’s so unique and I’m impressed with the characters. I think Scarlet is my favorite installment so far, because it introduces Scarlet and Thorne. If you haven’t heard of this series (where have you been all that time?) it’s mainly about Cinder, an important cyborg, Prince Po, dealing with his crumbling world, Scarlet, looking for her grandmother, Wolfe, Thorne and Cress, recently escaped from her satellite, who are fighting against Queen Levana. The plot thickens with each book and they are fast-paced and filled with action and intrigue.

4. Anna Ursu - Breadcrumbs.
This might be a Middle Grade book, but please don’t diminish it as one. Breadcrumbs is a beautifully written retelling of The Snow Queen and it’s an enchanting story about friendship with a strong heroin I would like children to read about.

"Unfortunately Mr. Penbrook was the sort of gentleman Mother had told her about. You could poison their horses, steal their pins, set their manors on fire, chop off their fingers and they would still think you the sweetest little thing."
5. Heather Dixon - Entwined.
Entwined features a big cast (since it’s a retelling from the 12 dancing princesses), but I like how they all got their unique features. The dark twist around their curse was a nice touch.

6.  Sarah J. Maas – A court of thorns and roses and Throne of glass.
Believe it or not, but TOG is actually based on Cinderella. ACOTAR takes a complete new spin on Beauty and the beast. Sarah deserves all the attention. Her masterfully written books with kick-ass heroines, super hot guys and thickening plots must be read by everyone.

7. Kate Danley – The woodcutter.
It has been a while since I’ve read this book, but I remember being charmed by The woodcutter and the use of different fairytales. It was complex and this is a book I see myself re-reading soon.

"You do not get to be some goddamn martyr, you hear me? You are a pigheaded, stubborn, stupid boy and you are not going to put more people in danger."
8. A.C Gaughen – Scarlet.
MY DEAREST SCARLET. This girl has to endure a lot through the story, especially in the darker Lady thief. Scarlet is someone you have to fall in love with. Tough, big mouth, easily annoyed, but there beats a caring and soft heart underneath those layers.

9. Juliet Marillier – Daughter of the forest, Wildwood dancing  and Heart’s blood.
Don’t make me choose between a retelling from the Six swans, the 12 dancing princesses or beauty and the beast. Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors and I HIGHLY recommend picking up one of her books. She is a master in recreating that magical feeling. She spins a whimsical world with Celtic details and strong (yet flawed) main characters.

10. Heidi Schulz – Hook’s revenge.
Thanks to Debby for introducing me to the adorable Hook’s revenge. It is so cute, there are illustrations and we get to see Jocelyn’s journey when she tries to avenge her father’s death. The sarcastic storyteller and feisty Jocelyn made me fall in love with this series.

Other "retellings" I love:
-Bridget Zinn - Poison. It's not really a retelling, but it certainly has a fairytale-ish feeling to it.
-R.C Lewis - Stitching snow. A recent addition to my favorite list.
-Naomi Novik - Uprooted. Fantastic tale inspired by Beauty and the beast and folklore.
-Robin LaFevers - Dark triumph. Has Beauty and the beast vibes.
-Jessica Day George - Princess of the midnight ball. Based on the 12 dancing princesses.

A few retellings I look forward with no/few hype:
-Catherynne M. Valente - Speak easy. Based on the 12 dancing princesses.
-S. Jae-Jones - The goblin king.
-David Hammons - Alice takes back Wonderland.
-MarcyKate Connolly - Ravenous. Based on Hansel and Gretel.
-Bridget Hodder - The rat prince.
-Melanie Dickerson - The golden braid. Based on Rapunzel.
-Brianna Shrum - Never never. Based on Peter Pan.
-Jessica Khoury - The forbidden wish. Based on Aladdin.
-Sara Saedi - Never ever. Based on Peter Pan.
-Lisa Maxwell - The stars turned away. Based on Peter Pan.
-McKenna Ruebush - Enter a glossy web. Based on Alice in Wonderland.
-Nicole Castroman - Blackhearts. Based on Blackbeard.
-John Claude Bemis - The wooden prince. Based on Pinocchio.

Popular upcoming retellings I NEED in my life.
-R.C Lewis - Spinning starlight.
-Liz Braswell - A whole new world (I don't care that almost everyone hate it)
-E.K Johnston - A thousand nights.
-C.J Redwine - The Shadow queen.
-Meagan Spooner - Hunted.
-Wendy Higgins - The great hunt.
-Marissa Meyer - Heartless. and Marissa Meyer - Winter.

Some of my favorite original fairytales:
Beauty and the beast (Belle et la BĂȘte) Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont rewrote the story from Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve to the story we are familiar with.
The goose girl by the Brother’s Grimm.
One-eyes, Two-eyes and Three-eyes by the Brother’s Grimm.
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson.
The twelve dancing princesses by the Brother’s Grimm.
The snow queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
Bluebeard by Charles Perrault.

No link-up this month.

What are some of your favorite retellings? What are some of your most anticipated retellings? And what is your favorite original fairytale?


  1. I needed this post. I have a few retellings sat ready to read, but I was worrying what I was going to read next because I only have one other retelling on my to buy list at the moment. This is perfect for helping me figure out what to read next, especially as there are a couple of books on here I've not heard of so I will definitely be checking them out. Thanks for the very (like seriously) comprehensive list to help people choose.

  2. You've listed some GREAT ones. Tiger Lily is one of my all time favorite books. So heart-wrenchingly beautiful. And the Lunar Chronicles are just fantastic. Have you read The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale? It's another favorite of mine.

    1. Tiger Lily is so so beautiful :) I have great The goose girl, I liked it!

  3. Yay you are back hun, I missed you! I did not know ToG was based on Cinderella as well, that is incredible! I'll have to think about how it fits in. You listed some of my favourites here, from Cinder, ACOTAR, Cruel Beauty. So many that I'd love to read too! Hope you're doing well Mel.

  4. This post is beautiful Mel :D Ahhh. I love love love all the quotes. <3 So many gorgeous books. Thank you for sharing about them all :) I adore your love for fairytale retellings. <3


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