Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Time for another Top 5 Tuesday and this week we are talking retellings. When I was thinking about this titles for this list it became apparent to me that while I read a fair number of retellings, and boy have there been a lot of them in recent years, but they often don’t land right with me. I have been searching for a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I actually like for years now and I still don’t really have one that I am happy with. I am probably just really picky, but these books for this week really hit the mark for me.
Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan at the Meeghan Reads.
1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
It has been years since I read this book, but I remember it being one of my favorite books that I read in elementary school (at least I think that is when I read it). It is one of the the original retellings, at least that I am aware of, with a really fun twist and I still recommend it years later. She has a bunch of other retellings too, some of which I have read but not all of them. If you want more books like these you might go for Shannon Hale’s Bayern series, which yes is just my sneaky way of getting a bonus pick in.
2. Four Kingdoms Series(s) by Melanie Cellier
Yes these books are back for a second week in a row but I couldn’t not include these books since it is a whole three connected series now of fairytale retellings, seriously I could have made this entire list books from these series. I personally really liked The Princess Companion (Princess and the Pea), The Princess Game (Sleeping Beauty), A Tale of Beauty and Beast (Beaty and the Beast), A Dream of Ebony and White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) and A Princess of Wind and Wave (The Little Mermaid).
3. Once Upon a Con Series by Ashley Poston
These books were a lot of fun, YA fairytale retellings but set in the modern day around a sci-fi show (think Firefly/Startrek) and the Con scene. I personally like the second book The Princess and the Fan Girl the best, but all the books were good.
4. Dragon Rising by M. Lynn
So Mulan may just be my favorite Disney Movie (the original animated not the live action which shall never be spoken of again as far as I am concerned) and it doesn’t seem to get nearly the same attention from the authors doing retellings as many of the others, which I think is a shame. If you know of more send them my way, and before you ask yes I have read Spin the Dawn and it did not really work for me, and Eon as well. But I did enjoy these books (there are two in the series), they were a clever twist on the story I thought and are my favorite Mulan Retelling (at least so far).
5. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
These are not retellings in the traditional sense but I enjoy them so much that I just had to include them on the list. Mirror Mirror and the second book Follow Follow are books of poetry all about different fairytales, they are technically children’s picture books but they are so well done a clever that they really should be on anyone’s fairytale list to read. The poem structure is really what makes them so special, they are written in reverso-verse which Singer created, and is essentially a poem that is can be read backward and forward to get two different meanings and some of these are so clever it will blow your mind.
Happy Reading Everyone!