As mentioned multiple times on this blog, fairy tale retellings are my favourite ever. So this Top Ten Tuesday made me jump in glee. As always it is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!
The first fives are some of my all time most beloved books. Catherynne Valente and Juliet Marillier appears twice each because they are literary goddesses, for whom I am not worthy.
1. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier is my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling ever, and I have encountered them in numerous iterations. From the setting, to the complex characters, to the intense, passionate romance – every part of this book is perfect.
2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is the book that made me converted from a fan to blind adoration and worship. Based off The Six Swans, this is a heartbreaking, intense, ultimately rewarding tale about the world’s best sister and her struggle to save her brother. Also the romance? Swoon.
3. In The Night Gardens + The City of Coins & Spices by Catherynne Valente is the 1001 Nights retelling everyone should be reading. I reread this series once a year, I will never shut up about it, I will also never stop being amazed at the sheer genius and mastery of language and plot in this story. There are literal hundreds of tales being tied together seamlessly. All the characters defy expectations, and amazing female characters bursting at the seams. Omg, read it, read it. I must review it when I reread it this year.
4. Deathless by Catherynne Valente gave me the world’s worst book hangover. This is a retelling of the Russian fairy tale Koschei the Deathless. At first a fairy tale, then a devastating tale of war, ultimately a dark story about love and finding one’s identity and omg feels. I want to reread this one, but the last time I read it I literally could not pick up another book for a whole week.
5. Fables by Bill Willingham is so fun, subversive, unexpected, and with amazingly beautiful art. I don’t often read graphic novels but I go gaga for this one. If you like Once Upon A Time TV show, you should be throwing yourself at these books because they are amazing and possibly better.
6. The Child Thief by Gerald Brom, I always knew Peter Pan was kind of an asshole (all kids are :P) so I am totally all for a dark retelling of it.
7. Speakeasy: 12 Dancing Princesses (possibly the world’s cutest fairy tale), the Roaring 20s, and CATHERYNNE VALENTE. I must have it.
8. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness I’ve read and really enjoyed though it’d decidedly different from all his other novels (all his novels are different from one another, that’s why I love him). Plus it’s based on an Asian fairy tale not often portrayed at all in fiction (the only other instance I can think of is the manga Ceres).
9. The Darkest Part of the Forest in Holly Black sounds like a very interesting retelling of Snow White, plus it has good reviews from sources I trust. I am intrigued!
10. The Sleeper and The Spindle: Neil Gaiman, some princesses that saves themselves, and gorgeous illustrations. How do I not already own this? *goes off to bookdepository*
For more fairy tale retellings check out my two lists HERE & HERE.
What are your favourite retellings? THOUGH LBR I AM STALKING ALL YOUR TTT POSTS AS SOON AS I WAKE UP.