Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read or Want to Read!
I actually had a harder time with this than I thought I would because I found several fairy tale retellings that I’ve read that were just okay, and I didn’t really want to put them in a top ten list. So, unless I was going to list out multiple books in a series, I didn’t know if I could come up with ten! In the end, I decided to put several that I’ve read and a few that I’d really like to read. (Click on the pictures to see my reviews for the ones I’ve read – those I haven’t read will bring you to Goodreads.)
18+ – The Collectors’ Society series is one of the best retellings I’ve ever read, though I suppose it’s not really so much a retelling as it is a complete reimagining (actually, a lot of these retellings aren’t truly retellings, but I’m listing them anyway). The main character of this series is Alice from Alice in Wonderland, but it also includes TONS of other characters from famous classics and fairy tales. This is one of the most intelligent retellings I’ve ever read, so if you’re 18+ and you enjoy retellings, I highly recommend this series!!
Let’s just get this one out of the way, shall we? It will be no surprise to anyone to see The Lunar Chronicles on this list – and I really don’t think I need to say much about these books. So I won’t. Read them if you haven’t.
Hodge manages to give fairy tales back their creepiness in her books. While Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound are technically not a series, I’m putting them together because they might as well be. These books are masterfully written and kind of haunting. I highly recommend them!
This series is fun (in a dark way) and wildly inventive, just like the books it’s based on! While I wasn’t always on board with the romance part of the books, I loved the overall story and the setting.
I know, I know – another Alice. Sorry! This one was definitely quirky and a little bit crazy, but that worked for me! This reminds me that I still need to read the sequels.
18+ – Just in case you can’t tell from that cover, the books in this series are definitely adult retellings. But if you’re 18+ and you enjoy paranormal and retellings, then these books are definitely for you!! I love the creative way that Blackstream ties the fairy tales into her paranormal world and how she ties all of the books together with an overarching storyline while still giving you a complete story in each book. Highly recommend these!!
Want to Read:
I’ve seen this series around so much, and the reviews just seem to get better and better with each new book that comes out. I NEED to read these!
I’ve yet to read a Maas book – I know, what am I waiting for? I definitely want to read this one, even though the reviews have been a bit all over the place.
Another book that people have been raving about. Plus, it’s a unique retelling. This one is on my Need to Read it Soon list!!
I’m actually reading an ARC of this book right now and really enjoying it!! It’s a YA steampunk retelling of Cinderella, and while I’m only 25% into the book so far, I’m hooked!
So, what are your favorite retellings? I want to know!