Saturday, February 18, 2012

Favorite Retellings

The title says it all.

1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (based on "The Six Swans")

I love this whole series but have to give most of my adoration to book one. Usually such high fantasy makes me want to run, but I'd gladly read all 500+ pages of this beautiful story in one setting.

Based on that cover alone you know this book is going to be ridiculous, and it is, in the best way possible. It's such a fun book to read that I couldn't help but put it on this list.

3. Ash by Malinda Lo (based on "Cinderella")

Succinctly summarized as "a lesbian retelling of 'Cinderella,'" but it's also much more than that. It's wonderfully written and manages to be both complex but also beautifully, purely simple. 

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (based on, uh, "The Goose Girl")

Every word makes The Goose Girl seem like a true fairytale, and that's what makes it so magical.

5. Undercover by Beth Kephart (based on Cyrano de Bergerac)

Beth Kephart's writing blows everyone else's out of the water, hence my love for this book. Definitely my favorite Cyrano retelling (excluding maybe that one episode of Boy Meets World).


  1. Ooh, there's a retelling of Monte Cristo? I am so hunting that down. Great list!

  2. Just discovered your blog via twitter. Favorite retellings! Yes! *bookmarks*. :) I read and loved DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST and GOOSE GIRL - good choices. Must go out and find the rest. Especially ASH.