This week’s topic is retellings and as I was thinking about what to put, I realized that I haven’t actually read that many retellings. However, I really wanted to participate, so I decided to switch things up just a little bit. In my top 5, I will have 3 retellings that I have read and 2 that I really want to read. I know this isn’t exactly how it is supposed to be done, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do….
Three Retellings I Have Actually Read
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is a retelling of Russian fairytales and honestly, that phrase is what immediatly drew me to reading this book. It follows the main character, Vasya, as she struggles to protect her family from threats that only she can comprehend. In this book, demons and creatures from fairytales that are told during the cold Russian winters actually come alive. I loved this book! I have a full review on it here if you want to read it…. Book Review: The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
When I was little, I used to be obsessed with this series. I remember that when I was reading it, they hadn’t all been released yet, so I would get super excited when a new one would come out and would beg my mom to rush me to the book store so that I could buy it. I managed to find three of the copies that I own (they are in the picture). This is about two sisters whose ancestors are the Brothers Grimm. They are sent to live with their grandma and thrust into a world full of the creatures/people from the Grimm fairytales. The sisters must take over the family business of being fairytale detectives and keeping the villains at bay. I would definitely recommend this book to an elementary school aged child who loves fairytales. The books are so fun and adventurous.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
This is a fairytale retelling of both Snow White and Frozen, which is such a great idea! It is a feminist version of these tales and it has a queer relationship involving one of the main characters. If you want a unique and creative retelling story, then this book is for you. I read the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book very recently and I did generally enjoy it even though I had a few issues with it. Here is the link to my full review of the ARC– ARC Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This book comes out September 5th 2017, so keep a lookout for it!
Two Retellings I Really Want to Read (well…maybe 4… I went a little overboard)
Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) and Lost Boy by Christina Henry
This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and since I used to love the original book as a kid, I think reading a retelling of it would be really fun. I think this book deals with the grownup Alice which sounds interesting. I also know that she has another book called Lost Boy that is a retelling of Peter Pan. I would love to pick that one up too.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This is another Peter Pan retelling except this one is from the point of view of Tiger Lily, the Native Chiefs daughter who lives in Neverland. I’ve been reading other people’s reviews of this one and it’s making me want to read it even more!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. I have seen it everywhere and have heard really good things. It has been on my TBR for such a long time and hopefully I will be able to get to it sometime soon.
Have you read of any of these or are wanting to read them? Also, do you have any other retellings that you would recommend?