fairy tale retelling

Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

When I saw Thorn on Netgalley I had to request it because I’d heard so many good things about it and it’s hard to say no to a fairy tale retelling. I can confirm that breaking my requesting ban was a good idea for this book.

Rating: ★★★★

Read my full review of this Goose Girl retelling on Readers in Wonderland

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Modern Day AU Everlark/ The Princess and The Frog fairy tale retelling! 


Peeta’s pov

Peeta had never minded feeling invisible, and when they started calling him stupid names he tried looking the other way and focus on his school work. Most of the time, they would leave him alone and aside from Cato’s dirty looks and occasional comments on his appearance he had his peace, but that ended when she came to school. It was in the middle of his senior year and let’s face it, who changes schools so briefly before graduating?

The first time she stepped into the building and he caught sight of her raven hair and her silver eyes he knew he was a goner. And during those brief days when she was a nobody, he tried again and again to get his shit together and just talk to her, but when he saw her talking and laughing with Cato a few days later, he knew his chances were as good as non-existent.  

But when she sat down beside him in art class a few hours later that day, it was the first time he made a fool of himself in front of her. He couldn’t tear his eyes away from her silver ones. They were fascinating, glittering with a spark and a hint of green in them, just beautiful.

“Hey, I’m Katniss.” She extended his hand to Peeta.

For a moment he couldn’t do anything but stare at her face while she rose one eyebrow playfully and gave him a brilliant half smirk. “Are you okay over there?”

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5 things about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

  • A+ characters. All of them
  • There’s more than just romance to keep you entertained
  • Most of the plot gets going in the second half of the novel
  • Everything is wrapped up well. No cliffhangers here
  • You all need to read it

Rating: 4.5
Recommended for: People looking for a fairy tale retelling targeted at older teens/adults

Read Alise’s full review at Readers in Wonderland

Book Review: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

When Ella was just a baby the fairy Lucinda gave her the gift of obedience. While Lucinda meant this to be a blessing, it has only proven to be a curse for Ella. She has to obey any direct command no matter how much she wishes otherwise. If someone were to tell her to kill herself she would have to do it. The curse some how turned Ella into a rebel, even if she has to do what others wish. She has been forbidden from telling anyone about the curse, in fear that they would use it to their own advantage. When Ella’s mother dies, it feels like the only person she has left is her family’s cook, Mandy. When her absentee father decides to send her to finishing school, she meets the horrid Hattie, who discovers Ella’s obedience on her own. When Ella’s father marries Hattie’s mother, it doesn’t appear that things could be worst for Ella. But when she has to end her blooming romance with Prince Char to protect him, Ella hates the curse more than ever. If Ella wants to break the curse to live freely and with her true love, then she will have to search within herself to set herself free.

Have you ever had a craving for a book? I first read this book when I was twelve, but lately I haven’t been able to help thinking about it. Thankfully, it was still on my bookshelf, even ten years later. This book is an adaptation of Cinderella, with a bit of a twist. The story is set in the land of Frell, which is full of fairies, gnomes, ogres, fairy godmothers and giants. The world that Levine created in this book is a magical combination of originality and the story everyone knows. The world building and the magic featured in the story was wonderful, as were the characters. I loved Ella and Char’s relationship, and how Levine adapted the original story into this one. The movie adaptation, which came out in 2004, is a horrible example of a book turned into a movie. If you have seen the movie, don’t hold it against the book. The movie added a lot of things, including the Uncle, and to me it felt like it was trying to be like a live-action Shrek. The book was delightful, full of everything I love about fairy tales. The best way to describe this book is a word that’s found right in the title: enchanting. I loved reading this original fairy tale featuring a feisty heroine that, in the end, saves herself.

5/5

“It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.”

A Wish Made of Glass by Ashlee Willis

Amazon description

Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with a young human child. Their kinship is the fabric of Isidore’s childhood. But when her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.

Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

The eBook and paperback are both at a discount price that will run until around the first week of September.

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, a retelling of “Cinderella”

YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.

Bound to her late father’s second wife and daughter. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where a woman is valued less than livestock. Bound to be alone, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society.

But all of this is about to change as Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family’s money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future.