Might I Recommend… Retellings?

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I was thinking about how I haven’t done one of these in a while when my mother suggested I do one on retellings. Which was a great idea!…. If I had a fair amount that I truly liked. 

And when I say “truly liked”, I mean books that I didn’t find “just okay”… I’ve read the popular ones, so I’m going to try to avoid those.

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The Near Witch – Victoria Schwab

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As much as I rave about loving Victoria Schwab’s books, they don’t really make a feature here much, huh? Well, I’m here to change that! This gem of a book is  the Pied Piper in the Moors plus witches featuring a ghost boy who appears from out of nowhere. I’ll admit, I did out it down for a minute, but the one day I picked it back up and couldn’t put it down until I finished. The rec may be biased since again, I love her works, but I think it’s still kind of valid 😉 .

Tigerlily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Now, this rec. is coming from someone who THOROUGHLY DISLIKES PETERPAN. I didn’t like the cartoon, I didn’t like Wendy and her brothers and I HATE Peter Pan as a character. Yet, Tigerlily was always intriguing to me and at first, I wasn’t going to read this book because… Peter Pan. BUT TIGERLILY MAKES UP FOR ALL OF IT. AND PINESAP. AND TICK TOCK. Honestly everything worked except Peter…. because I don’t like him.

Olivia Twist – Lori Langdon

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No, I have never read Oliver Twist, yet I was really feeling this book. The romance was cool (and we know how I am with romance), our main character was great and flawed at the same time and it was overall pretty entertaining. I like the genderbent take in the original story and doing a little research on said original, it’s does a different take on the original story as well which was cool.

Hunted – Meagan Spooner

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Beauty and the Beast is my OG princess movie. Belle is my OG favorite Disney princess. Yet, maybe it’s because I have high standards that finding a BatB retelling is hard for me. But this one was good. It wasn’t heavy on the romance, there was hate-to-love happening and the message behind the whole story stuck with me for a while. They even did something different with Gaston… he wasn’t an asshole? The sister relationship was gold? This was just really atmospheric and good?

Speak Easy, Speak Love – McKelle George

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I ALMOST FORGOT THIS ONE. HOW. I rave about this one all the time, no I didn’t read the play or see any kind of movie before I read this, but after? You bet I read all the things. It’s Much Ado About Nothing in the 1920’s. I love the speak easies and the racial commentary and the romance. Beatrice and Benedick are of course my favorite thing ever. Everyone ships it, even the dad ships it (if you’ve read the book, you know why this is hilarious XD). I am HERE FOR THIS BOOK.

I’m so picky when it comes to books, so retellings are so weird for me. A lot of the popular ones I have read have been kind of “meh” for me, I want to be mindblown with how unique you’re take is… or at least super entertained ¯\_()_/¯.

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I was kind of struggling with this topic… do you have any good retelling for me to read? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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26 thoughts on “Might I Recommend… Retellings?”

  1. Omg i totally feel you on peter pan, although i find the book absolutely fascinating (i did an essay on it at uni) i really hate peter 😂😂

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  2. I haven’t read Peter Pan, but Tiger Lily has been on my tbr for years and I really need to get to it. I have heard great things about Hunted and now I’m even more curious to read it. Also, I didn’t have the best experience with Shakespeare, but I have been intrigued by Much Ado About Nothing for a while and I think I may start with the retelling like you did and If I like it then I’ll give the original a chance.

    Great post! 💗

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  3. Great post! Have you read A Thousand Nights or Kingdom of Sleep (both by E.K. Johnston)? They are two of my favourite retellings.
    Uprooted is another fairytale retelling, based on Polish folklore.

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    1. I think A Thousand Nights is on my TBR! Hopefully my library has it because I’ve been procrastinating on actually getting to it 😂

      Ive heard some iffy things about Uprooted that made me nervous; I’m going to try and read Spinning Silver before I give it a chance ❤

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  4. I know I’ve read some good retellings but it was hard to think of some of the top of my head! I haven’t even read any of the books you mentioned in your post..but they all sound pretty interesting. Anyway, I checked Goodreads and turns out I’ve read 3 different Cinderella retellings haha. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and Ash by Malinda Lo! I enjoyed all of them! Also, Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge is good too.

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  5. I definitely recommend To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo! One of the best Little Mermaid retellings in my opinion. I’ve also read one book of the Lunar Chronicles which was good. I haven’t read that many retellings though.

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    1. I’ve been seeing a lot of To Kill a Kingdom around lately! Hopefully my library has it because I definitely want to check it out 🙂

      And I’ve managed to read the lunar Chronicles, but I only really cared about two characters >.< Cinder and Winter were my favorites of the series ❤

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      1. Yes please check it out! I feel like it was one of the best Little Mermaid retellings but I do have to check out the other ones. I’ve only read the first book and it was good but I hope it gets better.

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