fairy tale retelling

Book Reviews : Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I actually liked this for Scarlet because in many ways I could relate to her. We were both close to our Grandmothers and have the same relationship with them. I thought the way she met her Wolf was clever and I liked this book because of that. I was not a fan of the insta-love.

YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:


Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen


5/5 stars: Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm

“once upon a time, a midwife fell in love with a king…”

Sorcha was raised in the land of Uí Néill, surrounded by emerald hills and the whispers of the Fae. But when a plague threatens the life of the people she cares most about, she must make a deal with a war-like goddess and cross the seas to find a forgotten isle imprisoning a forgotten, fallen prince, Eamonn, marred by jagged scars of crystal and haunted by his brother’s betrayal. Bitter, unyielding Eamonn is Sorcha’s only hope, but can one mortal midwife melt his beastly, stony heart?

Heart of the Fae is a Beauty and the Beast retelling at it’s finest – retaining enough of the original elements of the fairy tale to honor the story but set against a backdrop and a cast of characters entirely its own. Set in Uí Néill, a fantastical version of Ireland, Heart of the Fae boasts a rich setting and a colorful, varied, and fascinating array of faery folk, with meaningful and well researched ties to old Irish lore. It was a quick and comforting read, familiar enough to feel like home but original enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. So brew a cup of tea, settle in by the fire, and dive into the story of Sorcha and Eamonn. You won’t be disappointed. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to wait (impatiently) for the second book in the series. 


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Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White


Alice in Wonderland

The Goose Girl

Peter pan

Other Retellings

What is your favorite fairy tale retelling? Any retellings that aren’t on the list that you would recommend?

Chelsea snorts with disbelief, clamps an arm around my shoulders, and starts hustling me towards the street. “Tomorrow you can send the owner a note explaining everything. Say that you’re terribly sorry but your family refuses to let you work for a serial killer. Blame me if you want. Oh, my sister’s so overprotective! She just wouldn’t listen when I told her dismembering people doesn’t bother me!”

Vassa in the Night

Recommended Reads of 2016

(in which I realize how horrible I am at describing books)

As 2016 draws to a close, I decided to make a list of ten of my favorite books I read this year (not necessarily books published in 2016 though).  I hope you all appreciate this, and I’d love to know what books you loved this year as well!

In no particular order:

1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: This was one of the first books I read this year, and it was so adorable I just had to put it on this list.  It’s about a girl whose first and only boyfriend died, so she is now living her life with a lot more caution.  Basically, it just chronicles how she copes with this and lives her life (I’m so sorry that was a horrible synopsis haha).   By no means was the writing beautiful, and there were plenty of cringe-worthy moments, but it was just a nice and (mostly) fluffy read.  All the references to literature (specifically to Pride and Prejudice) made my nerdy heart happy.  Also, I am such a sucker for a cute nerdy guy (both in books and real life, haha–honestly, if you know of a good book with this kind of guy, let me know) so I understandably loved Max.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: The Start of Me and You was actually what convinced me to finally read this classic, and boy am I glad I did!!! Honestly, I’m so obsessed with this story (which I don’t think I need to summarize).  Like, this obsession is unhealthy.  I’ve only read the book once, but I’ve watched the miniseries like three times this year and the movie (from 2005, obviously) probably (and I am not even kidding) 20 or 30 times this year.  Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen (if you’re as in love with him as I am, you HAVE to listen to him reading some of Pride and Prejudice – I want him to narrate my life omg) are literally my faves fajkldjgaoi I AM OBSESSED AAH.  But I digress, because this is about books.  Basically I love it.

3. First & Then by Emma Mills: Okay so this is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (are you noticing a theme?? – I could literally read/watch nothing but P&P adaptations for the rest of my life and be perfectly content).  As the blurb on Goodreads said, it’s like Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights.  Basically, it follows this girl named Devon and the football star, Ezra.  I’m so obsessed that I completely ignored my complete and utter abomination for all sports in order to enjoy the P&P aspect and it was so cute I finished it in less than a day.  

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer: I loved the entire Lunar Chronicles series, but this one was my favorite.  Basically, the series is a sort of sci-fi/dystopian fairy tale retelling with cyborgs and space travel and I really enjoyed it .  Also, the cover??? Amazing.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: This is a well-known classic, so I’ll spare you the details, but it was just so good (and it’s nice and short if that’s something that interests you) and so scarily accurate for a dystopian novel.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Again, a well-known classic about racism and basic human morality in a southern town during the Great Depression.  I have nothing to say that you haven’t heard before, so I’ll just say: it was absolutely wonderful.

7. Paperweight by Meg Haston: I want to preface this by saying it heavily discusses eating disorders, so that is something to be mindful of. It was such a raw and captivating story and I felt it handled the topic well.  I really felt for the characters.  The story was sad and disheartening (an intrinsic quality when it comes to mental illness) but I just felt Haston did a really amazing job with it.

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book is about a girl with an illness so severe she can’t leave her own home.  It follows her life as she becomes interested in her new neighbor (I am blowing myself away with my horrible synopses hahaha - if you really want to know, click the book titles to go to their respective Goodreads pages).  It was a really interesting story that I flew right through.

9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but I’ll do it again.  It’s about a Jamaican girl whose family is about to be deported and a Korean boy who doesn’t want to follow the plan his parents have set out for them.  They spend a day together in New York City and it’s pretty great.  I loved the little in-between perspectives we got and the blend of science and romance/fate/destiny kind of stuff.  I loved it!!

10. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork: This is another book about mental illness – specifically depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia.  It’s about a girl who, after attempting suicide, gets to know three other kids with problems like hers.  It didn’t romanticize mental illness or sugarcoat anything, and it made me cry (and I don’t cry often at books) but it was a really captivating story.  

There you have it, folks! My top ten from 2016.  I sincerely wish you all a wonderful 2017 filled with happiness, love, and new memories!!! I love you all! 

“Entreat Me”, by Grace Draven


  • FEMINISM all over the book
  • The conversations here are SO IMPORTANT and SO ON POINT
  • Consent
  • A woman who confesses to her lover that she pleasures herself thinking of him
  • Talking about the menstruation openly
  • A man respecting the woman because all of the above
  • Talking about women’s worth beyond virginity/reputation
  • disfigurement/diseases/curses/magic
  • Love… oh so much love here
  • I mean, it even has cursed roses
  • and THE MIRROR to watch over her father!
  • Maedieval-ish setting (Fantasy)
  • A castle that’s protected by sorcery
  • A woman willing to support her lover through his “crisis”
  • Tears… my tears!

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bookcaseninja  asked:

Do you have any tips for rewriting a fairytale?

I personally love a good fairytale retelling. I feel like this is a theme that’s a little more popular especially in fan fictions and YA books. I remember when Wicked first came out there seemed to be a flood of stories that started surfacing because people love seeing classics re-imagined. There are a few key elements that can help your story stand out.

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Fairy Tale Retellings, Sleeping Beauty: Slumber

“Tell me your symptoms.”

The girl tucked a strand behind the rosy shell of her ear. She did it slowly, as if raising her arm and touching her black hair with her fingers was something that required all her concentration,  all her energy.

Nettle folded her hands and placed them on the desk in front of her, giving Min a patient smile.

“It feels as if… there is a vine growing in my skull.” Her words came in a halting fashion, almost in a drawl, as if they had to drag themselves out of her lungs and had to crawl out of her mouth. “A vine,” she continued, “that digs into my head. It has thorns, and they split my brain.”

She touched her temple with trembling fingers. Her skin had a sickly hue and shone with perspiration. It looked like wax. “It hurts.”

“When does it hurt?” Nettle asked.


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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

“You’ll see too, one day. Once you grow older, someone else will be waiting to take your place, someone younger and prettier than you. I knew that day was approaching for me. I knew even when you were still a child. So why am I so surprised to learn that I’m being thrown aside? Why am I always so surprised?”

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Currently reading; “The Bride and The Beast”

rI started reading this book last night, and I’ve read 19% of it so far (reminder: I usually only read romance novels in English on my kindle)

18th century, a village in the middle of nowhere of the Scottish Higlands. Gwendolyn, the heroine

  • Fell from a tree branch on his lap when she was nine (his age wasn’t revealed but say he was 12-15). She nearly killed him. Nearly.
  • He’s the laird’s son and heir
  • She was bullied by the children of the village (including her sisters) for being curvy 

Now she’s 25 and she’s

  • Still curvy
  • The only virgin in the village (Medeiros is very clear about this point). Her choice.
  • Humilliated by the entire village
  • Taken to the Dragon’s castle and tied to a stake for sacrifice 
  • Taken inside by the Dragon when she was unconscious, had her damp clothes removed, left in a bed in the master bedroom of the castle.
  • Been called ‘a good breeder’ by The Dragon’s friend (and servant)

The Dragon

  • I think he’s the laird’s son
  • He’s isolated in his castle which has been ravaged by the English army
  • He never shows his face
  • He’s said to be cursed!!!
  • He’s shocked by the ‘sacrifice’ sent by the villagers


  • Reads avidly
  • why do I have to sleep?
  • why do I have to go to class?
  • why do I have feelings right from the start?

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Tale as old as time 🥀


Absolutely one of my favorite fairytale retellings. I finished this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down! The story line was rich. The world building was amazing within the first couple of chapters. Rosamund Hodge was very descriptive Which I loved. It created vivid scenes and made me feel all the feels. Beautiful read. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on more of her retellings.

“Don’t look at the shadows too long or a demon might look back”