25 August 2015

Top ten books that would be on my syllabus if I taught fairytale retellings 101

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies @ The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday we share our Top Ten of a certain topic, theme, subject - anything bookish. This Tuesday it's going to be all about the books which would be on our syllabuses if we taught X 101. I decided I wanted to do fairytale retellings 101 since I promised I'd make a list of my favorite fairytale retellings a couple of weeks ago when I shared my top ten of fairytale retellings I want to read!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This is one of my more recent finds. I really enjoyed her Throne of Glass series but I've 'only' given each book 4 out of 5 berries and I was hooked when I began ACOTAR. I loved every bit of it and I can't wait for the rest of the series.
ACOTAR is a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore! It's amazingly good!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
I read Cruel Beauty in the beginning of the year and I loved it immediately! I know some people had a hard time getting into it and disliking the writing style but for me everything was perfect!
Cruel Beauty is a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast with Greek mythology! So captivatingly beautiful!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I received Tiger Lily as a birthday present and when I finally picked it up I regretted not reading it sooner! I absolutely loved the writing style and the story was so captivating and beautiful!
Tiger Lily is a retelling of Peter Pan told from the point of view from Tinkerbell!

Tear You Apart, Kill Me  Softly, Twin Roses and After the Ball by Sarah Cross
I received Tear You Apart for review last year and I was so intrigued by the story! It's a mashup of a bunch of different fairytales and it's done so well! The series is called Beau Rivage, almost every character has a birthmark which tells which fairy tale curse they're part of. They don't tell the role they have in the fairytale so there's still some surprise!
I have read every book and novella in the series and I've loved every one of them! I love that they focus on a different set of characters in each one.

Sisters Red and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
As I wrote in 'a letter to all the books I've loved before' Sisters Red was my first fairytale retelling and to this day the first two books in the series is still some of my favorites. The third one disappointed me a bit and I haven't read the fourth one but they're great!
Sisters Red is a retelling of Little Red Ridinghood and Sweetly is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Fathomless, the third one, is a retelling of The Little Mermaid and the fourth and final one, Cold Spell, is a retelling of The Ice Queen.

Alice in Tumbr-land by Tim Manley (review)
This is such a fun book! It's a bunch of retellings mixed into one. Each page is a little story of its own and even though it wasn't what I expected it's quite good!

Other books worth mentioning
  • Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
  • Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley (review
  • The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (review to come November 16.)


  1. Oh I adore fairtytale retellings and Melanie Dickerson's are at the top of my list!!
    My TTT

    1. It was actually your top ten tuesday about fairytale retellings a few weeks back that made me pick up one of her books ;)

  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a great choice!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

  3. I haven't read any of these. So, I am definitely sitting in your classes ;).

    1. I hope you'll read some of these then! :)

  4. Oh, Tiger Lily, I absolutely adore this book. It took me forever to pick it up as well. I don't know what I was thinking? I really enjoyed Cruel Beauty and ACOTAR. Nice list!

    1. Yay! My thought's exactly! Glad you enjoyed those as well and thanks!

  5. I liked ACOTAR but it took me so long to get into, it's only in the last part of the book that I've really become invested in the story. Cruel Beauty and Sisters Red are both books I want to read.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/top-ten-tuesday-19/

  6. OMG. HOW DID YOU KNOW. I LOOOOOOVE FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS. This is it. Omg I didn't know how much I needed this list until I read it. I need to read all of these. I'm a sucker for reading retellings and acting like I'm a child again. My favorite has always been Cinder. Have you read it?
    -Diana. My TTT is on Supernatural Creatures 101 http://bookinganadventure.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-ten-books-for-supernatural.html