book talk

I know that retelling books are dime a dozen. But I noticed that most of the books I read/encountered have some magical twist to it. Or done something more tangible than twisting little bit of this and little bit of that. Retelling beyond recognition in a nutshell, I reckon.

But let me put some minor adjustment and instead of just putting new books, let me give older books some nudges. Giving this post some retro vibe! (it’s fun, right?) I noticed that older books seem to have too little love to receive. So I’m rectifying that with this one. Also, books in this list are fairytale concentrated as the title might’ve already hinted you.

1The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel – Rapunzel

I think it was one of those hidden gems I tried believing that it’s like all those Cinderella-esque stories: simple. In retrospect, I think I might have been too naïve to easily to think that way. According to my brief feedback, I didn’t understand the Rapunzel analogy. Now, that I went back to it I realized while story moved away (not in its entirety) but the resemblances of Rapunzel and the MC stayed intact. I think it mirrored their situations in essence. It’s very light, heartwarming story. Remembering it is itching me to re-read it again.

2Beastly by Flinn, Alex * – Beauty & The Beast

If I were being honest I should’ve just put Alex Flinn’s books and get over it. But that’s not doable in this case because believe it or not this is the only book of hers that I read & did enjoy. I think what even got me into reading it was the redesign cover I saw in the bookstore whilst I was still in the hobby of going to bookstore just to do some window shopping (and stalking for new releases—I changed from years ago). Getting back to Beastly, I liked the book better than the movie. Yes, cliché it might sound but it’s the truth. Ms. Flinn’s twist was something very recognizable yet ultimately still fresh. And that’s why it made into my list!

3If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor – Cinderella

Back in the days, the scarcity of contemporary books over paranormal ones was apparent (I partially blame Twilight then again I don’t because if it wasn’t for it I wouldn’t even into reading). If you like Hilary Duff’s movie then this book is also for you. Yeah, it felt like a pretty straight pint adaptation, nevertheless it was a good read all together. But I liked the little twist in there about who’s she will end up with (I didn’t link my review because it is very spoilery). Sometimes Prince Charming is not who you think he is.

devouredDevoured by Marrone, Amanda – Snow White

And lastly, Snow White retelling with fine dashes of thriller and mystery. I love mystery and I actually dug the whole creepy Snow White alterations to it. I think it was what initially pulled into it. That said, having read too much Maitantei Conan made things too easy for me to predict. Though that whole story was somethin to be mentioned, still! Creepy fairytales don’t come as often…as I think.


Any contemporary books with fairytale retellings do you know? (I would’ve appreciate if they are 3-4 years older though, haha). Share it with me! lmenu02_115


4 Responses to Fairytale retelling for the contemporary reader.

  1. Kezia liemen says:

    Ooh I love retellings but it’s hard for me to find an amazing one because they tend to be a little too repetitive. Nothing new is offered… And I don’t stumble upon retellings in contemporary much. Though if you’re looking for a little fantasy twist you should try Jackson Pearce’s books! ^^

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve heard of Jackson Pearce but I’m not sure whether I have already read one. OOOH~ maybe I should look into one. XD

  2. I absolutely LOVED Beastly when I read it years ago! I thought it was such a fresh twist on the fairytale I had known my whole life. And I also feel like fairytale retellings weren’t as popular then, so it was like discovering something a bit new, too. I actually did like the movie XD I know that it was super different, but I really like it anyway 😀 It was like a cute and cheesy teen romance but with fantasy elements in it, so I couldn’t not like it.

    I haven’t read any of the others you mentioned, though! But now I want to because they sound good. Especially the last one. Snow White with a mystery element? Sign me up 😀 Especially since I am on a mystery/thriller binge at the moment!

    As for recs: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (2008 retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It’s set a LONG TIME AGO, but it is my favourite book and a really gorgeous retelling), Atone by Jessica Grey (2013 retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I really liked it, and it’s a contemporary retelling with an NA protagonist!), The Hollow by Jessica Verday (2009 contemporary retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), and Abandon Meg Cabot (2011 contemporary retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth). I hope you like the sound of these, Mitchii!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Sometimes cliches are good, well done cliches I mean! (like Beastly). I’ve already read Jessica Verday’s The Hollow. Ooooh, will try to check these recs. I’m trying older series to kick my reading habit back in shape! Thanks Chiara! <3333

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