Book Recommendations: Retellings

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Time for a couple more book recommendations! Woohoo! I absolutely love giving out book recommendations but unfortunately I don’t have a ton to ever recommend usually since I read so many different genres and sometimes I don’t like the book! However, I have a decent amount of retellings that I adored so I wanted to share a couple of them with all of you!

I will provide links to my full reviews of each book if you want some more details!

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This is one of my most favorite books of all time and definitely one of the top retellings! This is a very, very dark, horrific, and graphic version of “Alice in Wonderland” where the characters we all know and love are twisted versions of themselves. I have to say it’s one of the most unique retellings I’ve ever come across since it takes elements of the original story and does so many different things with them including making them absolutely horrifying.

So if you’re a fan of Alice retellings and aren’t afraid to see the darkest side of it then definitely check this one out!

You can read my full review of “Alice” here.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Another wonderful “Alice in Wonderland” retelling that is also an origin story for the Queen of Hearts character. While the beginning half of the book was pretty slow and filled with descriptions of food and moony eyes, the end half was full of action and plot twists! It was really fun getting to see all of the different characters come into play as well!

You can read my full review of “Heartless” here.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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This is an AMAZING “Aladdin” retelling where the genie is a female and falls in love with Aladdin. However, there is plenty of action and great world building so this isn’t just a romance focused story! On top of the unique plot there is Khoury’s beautiful writing, seriously it’s just so gorgeous and made reading this book such a breeze! There is also some kickass feminist themes as well since Princess Caspida and her Watchmaidens are basically Robin Hood and are super badass.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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A “Peter Pan” retelling that centeralizes around the character of Tiger Lily, it’s narrated by Tinkerbell as she watches Tiger Lily grow and eventually watches the romance the develops between her and Peter Pan. It’s a very warped version of Neverland that we see in this story it’s dark and very saddening. Overall I highly recommend reading this one just for the unique take on Neverland as well as the story of Tiger Lily but be warned you’re probably going to cry!

You can read my full review of “Tiger Lily” here.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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Another “Peter Pan” retelling but, as the title states, it’s the origin story of Captain Hook. Like with “Alice” Christina Henry takes the Neverland we all know and love and flips it upside down, this is a dark and very gritty version filled with many horrors both monstrous and more realistic. Trust me when I say you probably won’t be the biggest fan of Peter anymore……

You can read my full review of “Lost Boy” here.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

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This is it’s own unique story but it also weaves in four other retellings throughout as well. That’s right, four! We get to see Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hua Mulan, and Jane Austen’s Emma and while I can’t really speak for the Emma retelling I can tell you the other three are well represented within the main story line. I recommend checking this book out for the great story and world building alongside the retellings too!

You can read my full review of “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” here.

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

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This is a “Little Mermaid” retelling with a F/F romance and quite a bit of Norse mythology weaved in as well. While I did have a couple problems with this book I generally did really enjoy it and thought it was a really unique take on the “Little Mermaid” story as well as adding in a bunch of original elements as well.

You can read my full review of “The Seafarer’s Kiss” here.

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Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think?

What are some of your favorite retellings?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

22 thoughts on “Book Recommendations: Retellings

  1. wonderfilledreads August 8, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    It’s so funny that you posted recommendations today, because I did too! I haven’t read any of the books on your list by Heartless is on my TBR for this month and I can’t wait to pick it up!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 8, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      That is funny, great minds think alike haha! I’ll have to head over and check yours out now as Well!
      I’m excited to see what you think of Heartless since I was really surprised with how much I ended up liking that One! 😊

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      • wonderfilledreads August 8, 2017 / 2:00 pm

        Guess so, haha! Yeah, I’ve been putting it off because I wasn’t sure if I’d actually enjoy it but it seems to be a fan-favorite, so fingers crossed!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 16, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Glad you loved it as well, of course I thought it was amazing as well! Hope you enjoy Tiger Lily when you get a chance to read it and thank you! πŸ™‚

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  2. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books August 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I have no read very many retellings but I have been wanted to so these books seems like a great place to start! I will probably start with The Forbidden Wish! I would love to read an Aladdin retelling!

    Great post!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 16, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      I just love retellings, can’t get enough of them so I’m glad to hear you found some that interested you!
      The Forbidden Wish is one of my favorites, it’s just fantastic so I hope you enjoy it!
      Thank you! πŸ™‚


  3. The Girl in Boots August 8, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    The Lunar Chronicals is one of my favourite retellings. So I’m really looking forward to Heartless!


  4. coffeelovingbookoholic August 9, 2017 / 3:39 am

    “heartless” was really, really good! didn’t think, that i would enjoy it so much! πŸ™‚
    haven’t read the other one’s though…


  5. Naty August 9, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Awesome post! Considering adding Heartless to my TBR…


  6. Anna @MyBookishDream August 9, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I really want to read Alice, it just sounds like a book that I would adore! The next time I’m in the mood to read a dark and horror book I will be sure to pick it up. I also really want to read The Seafarer’s Kiss. I have never read a Little Mermaid retelling and this one sounds very interesting! πŸ™‚
    I LOVE The Forbidden Wish!! It’s such an amazing book and definitely one of the best ones that I have read this year. ❀ Great list Heather!!


  7. Michelle August 11, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Lovely post Heather 🌸
    I’ve been enjoying retellings more and more recently and Heartless is definitely one of my favourites! The Forbidden Wish & Alice are both on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading both of them 😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you Michelle!
      I would be ecstatic if you read either Forbidden Wish or Alice! Definitely be excited to see what you think of them or any other retellings! πŸ™‚

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