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.
The Near Witch – Victoria Schwab
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
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
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
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
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 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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!