I love love love fairytale retellings. It's one of the main reasons Once Upon A Time is a favorite show of mine. I just love seeing all the elements of old stories I love but in new ways. You wonder, who will be the Tinkerbell character in this story? Or why is the Evil Queen so evil in this world? Because you know the ending, yet it's still fun to figure out the in between. It perfectly combines the thrill of rereading a favorite and giddy anticipation of discovering a new world.
Last year, I read a few fairytale retellings, all of which I loved, and I'm anticipating loving a few others on my TBR list. So here's a list of fairytale retellings, half of which I've read and loved and half of which I intend to (read and love, that is!).
Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I was going to list these separately because although they are all part of the same series (The Lunar Chronicles), each book is based on a different fairytale. All of them are based in the same very diverse and futuristic world where the moon is inhabitable and dynasties rule. Cinder is a retelling of, of course, Cinderella, Scarlet is of Little Red Riding Hood, Cress is of Rapunzel, and Fairest is of the Evil Queen. And they are all phenomenal! Seriously if you haven't check them out, you must. You must, you must, you must.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I've heard that this story began as a Cinderella retelling. Although the story has since morphed into an epic tale of a kickass female on a quest for freedom and revenge, I can see some of the remnants of the fairytale. There's no pumpkin that becomes a carriage or fairy godmother who poufs her into the perfect dress, but carriages are the main form of transportation and Celaena, the main character, knows her way around both a dagger and a huge ball gown. What's more, all of the novels in the series (so far) are fantastic.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The final installment to the Lunar Chronicles series mentioned above and I cannot wait! The author has been steadily building to something epic and we've already been introduced to/hear about Winter's story in a few of the other novels, so I'm just ready for this one.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I've also heard that she's writing a Queen of Hearts retelling named Heartless and oh my lord, I know nothing else about this but I'm ready.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I've been trying to read this book since May, to no avail. So many books... ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, except Belle is a hunter named Feyre who accidentally kills a fairy and is dragged of to a magical land by a beast-like creature who turns out to be, you guessed it, not so much of a beast. It's apparently sexy and action-packed and OMG why have I not read you already?!
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Entwined has literally been sitting on my shelf for the past year. I bought it on a whim from Book Outlet for like pennies after Elle Fowler's review of it, and although I want to read it, I still haven't. I think it's because it's about a fairytale, 12 Dancing Princesses, that I don't really know.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My, have I hear riveting things about this one. It's about a prince (I think, or maybe he's a king whatever), who takes a wife every night and every morning that woman ends up dead. Even the main character's best friend is not immune to this fate, so she volunteers to marry the awful prince with a plan to avenge her friend's death. Except things don't quite happen like that and she survives day after day without being executed or executing him, and I want to know why.
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
I heard about this one while watching an episode of Girl Meets World because yes, I still watch Disney channel occasionally and I freaking love Girl Meets World. More than anything, I'm intrigued by the genius marketing ploy behind this entire operation. Disney has a new movie premiering (it might have premiered already actually) and they've been advertising this book as the prequel to that movie. Genius, right? So both the book and the movie are about the children of Disney villians, Cruella de Ville, the Evil Queen, Maleficient and Jafaar. And I can't lie, I'm kinda interested.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
I just received an ARC of this novel and OMG would you look at that cover? It is gorgeous and enticing. And what's more? The story seems just as enticing. Baring quite a bit of similarity to The Wrath and the Dawn, A Thousand Nights tells the story of a girl who takes her sister's place as the wife of a man who has killed 300 girls. To her surprise, she lives. There's magic and storytelling that becomes real. My eyes are growing in anticipation every second.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Honestly, I don't know much about this except it's a retelling of Peter Pan from the point of view of Tiger Lily and it supposed to be beautiful. That is enough for me.
Something I've noticed while compiling this list: Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas might be the queens of fairytale retellings. And I'm okay with that because I pretty much love anything they write.