Retellings are an absolute treat, for they let us readers revisit and reimagine well-loved stories. Personally, I love retellings because of the nostalgic feeling they give to me. Of course, still, nothing can beats the original but there’s something wonderful about seeing familiar things in a different way. Also, retellings begs the questions of what-ifs and answers them at the same time. Like, what if Cinderella lives in the future where robots literally co-exist with people? Cinder by Marissa Meyer asks that what-if and it gives the answer too. If you like Cinder, like me, then for you, the answer to that what-if question is amazing. Like I said, retellings are an absolute treat.
In this post, I’m sharing 5 retellings I want to read soon. By the way, it seems like this post is a part of a blog post series, because I recently posted, 10 Series I Want To Read (or start) This Year and 5 Popular Books From 2019 I Might Read (or not). But really, this is unintentional. Besides, this post is for Top 5 Saturday, hosted by Amanda from Devouring Books. This week’s topic is Retellings. And since I feel like I’ve already talked enough about the retellings I’ve already read, I decided to post about the ones I want to read soon.
Here they are…
1.) Thorn by Intisar Khanani
Thorn is a retelling of The Goose Girl, but to be honest, when I first see this cover, before reading the blurb, I thought it’s about Belle of beauty and the Beast because hello, thorn, remind me of roses and cover’s theme seems dark. But still, I love that it’s about the Goose Girl. Thorn is about Princess Alyrra who is forced to marry a foreign prince. But in her journey to meet her betrothed, she was attacked. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s during the journey. All I know is she was saved and then given a chance to start a new life with another identity. But she must also think about the prince she’s never met. To say I’m excited to read this is an understatement.
2.) Heartless by Marissa Meyer
As a fan of Marissa Meyer, I’m surprised myself that I haven’t read this one yet. Take note, I have a physical copy of this book. Anyway, Heartless is about Catherine. She is being courted by the King of Hearts but her heart lies in baking. She wants to have her own baking shop. And then she fell in love with the King’s court joker – whatever that means. Haha. Obviously, this is a retelling of Wonderland, specifically of the Queen of Hearts. I don’t have a particular reason why I haven’t read this one yet. It’s just one of those books that I want to read but always forget to pick up.
3.) A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
A Study in Charlotte is obviously a retelling of A Study in Scarlet, that stars Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. They are descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. I mean…aadsjsklahsghgk. I can’t even. This book is published in 2016 and I’m so disappointed in my bookish friends. No one, I repeat NO ONE, has ever told me that this book exists. Sure, I’m not a known fan of Sherlock Holmes but still I want to blame someone for my late discovery of this precious book. LOL. Kidding aside, I might read this one this month even though it’s not in my TBR. I literally just discovered this book last night. What a tragedy!!!
4.) A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse so dark and Lonely is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. To be honest, I think that most B&B retellings tells the same story – a cursed prince/king meets bookish/nerdy but fierce girl – so even though B&B is one my all-time favorite classic fairytale, I now avoid its retellings. But this one, I hear nothing but good things so I want to see it for myself. Plus, the heroine, Harper, is from our world, modern world, so I think that’ll be exciting to read.
5.) The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
The Guinevere Deception is a reimagining of the Arthurian legend which is set in Camelot. To be honest, I know so little about this legend. Heck, I can’t even spell Guinevere in one try. I always spell it with two N’s. That said, I didn’t really have any interest in reading any Arthurian retellings, or any literature about it, but someone gave me a copy of this book. So I have no choice but to give it a try. Who knows, I might end up loving it. Maybe after finishing this book, I’ll end up binge-watching Merlin because I’m already so into the Arthurian legend. Who knows, right?
There you have it Blisses – 5 retellings I will soon read. I already own copies of these books so I have no reason to not read them.
Have you read these books? What do you think of them? Any recommendation in the same genre? Let’s chat.