If you follow my twitter @auburn_edge you know I have started reading the Court of Thorns and Roses Series. I am currently on the second book. It is not what I expected at all. But it did get me thinking about retellings. I am sure everyone has their favorites, but maybe I can list off some you have never heard of? Here is how it will go: I will do my top 5 (with goodreads links). I will add more or do another post of others I enjoy. Feel free to check them out and I will add to it as I find more. Retellings are some of my favorites to read.
1. Slumber by J.L. Weil
Goodreads – Ok so I mention this book a lot on my blog. I can’t help it. This series just gets me. I absolutely love it. So if you still haven’t checked it out then I will keep mentioning it till you do.
Retelling of Sleeping Beauty but dystopian future with magic powers.
Plot: Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye.
2. Unlikely Magic by Lena Mae Hill
This is a dark retelling of Cinderella. It is so wonderfully written and I think more people should give it a chance. There is a complete series of retellings that all just interweave.
Plot: Devastated by her father’s sudden death, Stella barely protests being shipped off to live in a secluded forest encampment with the mother she never knew. Upon arrival, things go from bad to downright creepy. Everyone in the cultish community stares at her like she’s a mutant, including the two sisters her father failed to mention in her fourteen years, and her mother promptly locks her in the attic. Her only companions are a mouse and fantasies of befriending her own sisters.
3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Alright most people have probably read this one at some point or another.
Beauty and the Beast retelling that is so dark it will draw you in and hold you till the end.
Plot: Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
You thought this one would be at the top didn’t you! Since I am reading the series. While I love the beauty and the beast retelling here it is not my favorite. I still recommend this series if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. Although I must say it is raunchy. I did not expect it to be NA.
Plot: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.
5. The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson
I will start by saying that this is the newest in the series. They call all be read as stand alone but characters come and go. Each is a different retelling. I highly suggest the series if you enjoy subtle retelling in a fresh story that follows a family and each book is a different person finding love.
This one is a completely different look at Aladdin. I adored it.
Plot: From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league.