Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings

TTTTop Ten Fairy Tale Retellings
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1) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Sondra’s just finished this one, and I’m currently reading it. Beauty and the Beast vibes, lovely setting and atmosphere, and a story that feels classic and comforting, but with its own original twist.

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2) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Aadieh
Retelling of 1001 Nights. Gorgeous writing, hate-to-love romance, and countless moments where you need to put down the book to scream a little.

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3) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
One of my favorite books in middle/high school; for the longest time, this was what I picked up when I wanted a mood-lifter. The character dynamics in this book (and the sequels) are exactly what I need to put a smile on my face.

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4) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Retelling of The Six Swans. The start to an EXTREMELY underrated series. I love the beautiful descriptions, the heroine’s subtle strength and her relationship with her brothers.

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5) Ash by Malinda Lo
I personally am always there for fairy tales that involve girls kissing; I also love the way faeries are portrayed in this book.

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6) Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
I know Cruel Beauty (which I also loved) will be on this list, so I’m putting this one here instead. Highly recommend if you like complex motivations, terrifying forests, and morally ambiguous ruthless survivor anti-heroines who protect what matters to them.

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7) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Obviously.

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8) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Beauty and the Beast retelling. The worldbuilding in this book is spectacular, and there are some INTENSE romantic scenes.

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9) Grim edited by Christine Johnson
I decided to include some anthologies I really liked. This one had a few stories that didn’t work for me, but I really enjoyed most of them, and loved the ones by Saundra Mitchell (extremely dark with a satisfying ending) and Sarah Rees Brennan (historical Beauty meets modern frat boy Beast; hilarity and gender role commentary ensues) in particular.

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10) Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
A collection of interconnected fairy tale retellings, focusing on female relationships. Again, not all of them worked for me, but the ones that did worked extremely well, and the book as a whole is so powerful and enthralling.

One thought on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings

  1. I haven’t seen too many people include Goose Girl in today’s TTT. I really loved that book when I was in middle school 🙂 Thanks to your post today I have learned of some incredible new books. <3

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