Top Ten Tuesday

Posted August 4, 2015 by Nicky in General / 12 Comments

Fairytale retellings! That’s this week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish, and one of my favourite genres.

  1. Heart’s Blood, Juliet Marillier. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a lot of extra stuff. I love this a lot.
  2. Iron and Gold, Hilda Vaughan. Not a commonly known retelling, nor even a common fairytale. Well worth reading, though — and it’s set in Wales.
  3. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge. A good changeling-child story.
  4. Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord. It’s not a Western story, but it’s still a great retelling.
  5. Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley. McKinley’s great at fairytale retellings in general. Beauty might be my favourite, though.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas. Beauty and the Beast seems to be a thing, huh?
  7. Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente. A retelling of Russian stories. Beautifully written and strange.
  8. The Owl Service, Alan Garner. I’m not sure anyone would consider the story of Blodeuwedd a fairytale, but this is a chilling retelling anyway.
  9. The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh. The others so far were ones I’ve read; this is one I want to read. I’ve heard so much about it.
  10. Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth. Want to read this one, too. I love that it’s a retelling of Rapunzel woven with history.

Share your favourites, please!

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Julie S.

    I’ve not read any of these, what a great list! I’ve read a few but even fewer that I’ve actually liked. Cinder is a great one.

  2. majoline

    I have finally read Bitter Greens and boy, that was super historical, no fantasy really at all, even the way the magic was dealt with. And even when I was like, ugh too much sadness, noooo, I literally couldn’t put the book down and I finished it in one sitting.

    Damn powerful reading, that book.

    My favorite fairytale retelling is Firebird, by Mercedes Lackey, I own at least two copies of it.

      • majoline

        (commenting super late thanks to lack of internet)

        If your cup of tea is ultra realistic historical fiction than I’d recommend it? I mean, the writing is top notch. I’m not sure I’d ever pick the book up again, to be honest, but I’m not at all sad that it ate my weekend, it was worthwhile.

        I haven’t read a lot of Mercedes Lackey myself, but I was given that book as a gift, so yeah.

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