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10 YA Retellings I Want To Read

So many retellings, so little time. KEEP EM COMING.

10 YA Retellings I Want To Read

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1. Winter– by Marissa Meyer. I feel like I’ve been waiting for Winter forever. I have been such a huge fan of this series. This bettah be good.

2. Spinning Starlight– by R.C. Lewis. Taking a page from Cinder’s book, this second book in the series will be a retelling of The Wild Swans. LOVE.

3. Dearest– by Althea Kontis. I love these books. I powered through the first two and somehow missed this one. This series has been masterful in weaving several classic fairytales into something totally new.

4. Lock and Mori– by Heather W. Petty. This book offers a Sherlock Holmes/James Moriarty retelling. Interesting, right?

5. Wildwood Dancing– by Juliet Marillier. This is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I’m shocked to my core that I STILL haven’t read Marillier’s YA books, so I yeah. I should stop writing and go read them like right now.

6. Valiant– by Sarah McGuire. I have never read of the story “The Valiant Little Tailor,” which is the story this book retells. I’m intrigued either way!

7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire– by Rosamund Hodge. I will forever read anything Hodge writes. The fact that this title is billed as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel” is only icing on the cake.

8. Never Ever– by Sara Saedi. A 2016 Peter Pan retelling. Sign me up. I don’t believe I’ve read this type of story before.

9. My Lady Jane– by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows. Goodreads says: “’a comic, romantic and fantastical retelling of the story of the Lady Jane Grey,’ told in the vein of The Princess Bride.” OMG YES YES YES YES.

10. The Forbidden Wish– by Jessica Khouy. I’m a fan of this author and am cautiously excited about this Aladdin/A Thousand and One Nights retelling. I’m only caution because this vein of retelling has become VERY popular (I’ve read two this year, knowing there is at least one other), and I’m worried this will become repetitive and overdone

What are your favorite YA retellings and which ones are on your TBR?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://www.bookbinges.blogspot.com/ Cynthia Parten

    Awesome list. I cannot WAIT for Winter!! Oh, the agony!!

  • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    So excited for Winter and Spinning Starlight! I loved Stitching Snow. I’m cautiously optimistic about The Forbidden Wish, I haven’t found an Aladdin or Little Mermaid retelling that I’ve enjoyed so far. Dearest was wonderful! And I have copies of Valiant and Lock & Mori, must read them soon. Great list! Some of my favorites: Ella Enchanted, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Cruel Beauty, Stitching Snow, the Lunar Chronicles, the Scarlet trilogy, Every Breath, Grounded: The Story of Rapunzel, Uprooted, Entwined, The Sweetest Spell, For Darkness Shows the Stars, Across a Star Swept Sea, Rook. And I always have lots on my TBR! Retellings are my faaavorite.

  • Tanya Dennings

    I love the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, etc). Retellings of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. I’ve read Wildwood Dancing. All such wonderful stories.

  • Thistlefish

    The Goose Girl (retelling of the Grimm tale) by Shannon Hale is excellent, as are all her books.

  • http://zeitzulesen.blogspot.de/ Kati

    Oh yeeeess … same here .. eagerly waiting for WINTER (never thought I’d hope for “Winter” :-)) but the Lunar Chronicles are just so addictive!!

  • julika

    Winter should really hurry because I cant wait!