By: Cait Marie
At this point, everyone knows how much I love retellings. Especially fairy tale retellings. I’ve read a lot, but there is an incredible number that I haven’t got around to yet, and a few coming out this year that sound amazing. Hence, a list of 10 of my top TBR Retellings:
1. The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
This Cinderella retelling is out today, February 12! It is the fourth book in the Ravenspire series, which is one of my absolute favorites. Each book is a different retelling set in the same world. I cannot wait for my copy to arrive (I ordered a signed copy, so it’ll be a few days for it to be delivered). In fact, I might start the audiobook tonight while I wait.
2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This is our Book of the Month!! It is a new Beauty and the Beast retelling that was released just a couple weeks ago. It’s been staring at me since. I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, so I am eager to see how this one is handled.
3. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Sherwood is a Robin Hood retelling about what happens to Marian after he dies. Robin Hood has always been one of my favorite stories (my own book is actually a retelling of it as well). Spooner wrote Hunted, a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I loved, so I’m excited to read more by her. Sherwood is set to release March 19!
4. Glass Kingdom by M. Lynn
Another new Cinderella retelling was recently released. This is the fourth book in Lynn’s Fantasy and Fairytales series, and follows the Golden Curse books. I believe it’s set in the same kingdom, but can be read apart from the first three. I’m about halfway through the first book and love it. I can’t wait to read this one!
5. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
“Anastasia in space” is how I heard this book described and that’s all I needed to add it to my TBR. I also recently put it together that Poston is the author, and she wrote Geekerella, which I loved!
6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Oh, look, another Cinderella retelling… I might have a problem. This one is sci-fi, though, and futuristic. I’ve actually read about 2/3 of this book, but didn’t get to finish (long story). I’ve heard the whole series is great, so I need to just get back into it.
7. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
For those who don’t know, The Little Mermaid has been my favorite Disney movie my entire life. However, until recently, I had never read a retelling of it. Now I want to read more, and this is at the top of that list. I’ve heard it’s a dark retelling and really good.
8. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
This is a Labyrinth retelling that sounds very much like something I’d love. I just watched Labyrinth in its entirety for the first time a few months ago (story below). After watching it, I thought about writing a retelling myself, so I’m excited to read this one!
Story time! When I was little, I had watched part of Labyrinth, but it scared me and I didn’t finish it. I was so little that I didn’t know the title, actors, or much of the plot. I wanted to see it again, and often thought about it growing up, but whenever I described what I did remember, no one knew what I was talking about. So, I never found it again. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized it was, in fact, Labyrinth. It took a few more years to actually watch it, but I finally did! It was as amazing and terrifying as I remembered…
9. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
The story of King Arthur is another one I’ve always loved. This is a gender-swapped, sci-fi retelling. Need I say more? I am very excited for this one. It’s set to release March 26!
10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
This book has been on my TBR for so long, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. This is a story that’s always been interesting to me, even though I have never read any books or seen any movies based on it… I’m not entirely sure where the fascination came from. Regardless, it’s there and makes me want to read this book bad.