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Monday, August 3, 2015

TTT: Favorite retellings

Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings (with book trailers)

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

1. The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer
     Cinder-Cinderella; Scarlet-Little Red Riding Hood; Cress-Rapunzel; not yet published: Winter-Snow White all retold in a future world full of cyborgs, space ships, and lunar creatures. My students love this series.

2. Entwined by Heather Dixon
     Retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Very dark.

3. The Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maquire
     Retelling of several Russian fairy tales that include magical geese, a phoenix, mistaken identity. Very fun. By the author of WICKED.
(Not a book trailer, it is a one-minute teaser for the audiobook. Sign up to win, details below.)

4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly
     This book turns fairy tales on their heads. Everything you think you know about fairy tales is turned upside-down and backwards. This is a favorite book for sure.
No official book trailer available

5. Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
      A retelling of Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel." Another favorite book!

6. Cloaked by Alex Finn
     A mash-up of over five rather obscure fairy tales. Good fun.
This trailer may not be official but it is fun, too.

7. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
     A modern fairy tale based loosely on Greek Mythology. I didn't learn about this until after I read the book so now I want a reread to find all the similarities.
(No official book trailer available.)
8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
     A retelling of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Book #1 in a new series. I just finished listening to the audiobook last week. No official book trailer is available.

9. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
     A very popular retelling of Grimm's Goose Girl Fairy Tale. It is the first book in a series of four.
(I couldn't find an official book trailer.)
10. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. Very dark and complex.
This is NOT an official trailer for the book but it is pretty good. I warn you, it contains SPOILERS.

And drum roll for my favorite of all retellings...

11. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Based on Celtic Mythology about the legend of eich uisce, deadly horses that come out of the sea.
Love it!!!!!
(If you watch only one trailer, watch this one. Maggie did the art and the music for it.)

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  1. I've only read Cinder from your list. That means more retellings for me to look into. :)
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  2. YES YES YES! The Lunar Chronicles! I loved that series. I really want to read The Wrath and the Dawn :D

    My TTT (Fairy Tale Retellings)

  3. The Wrath and The Dawn and Entwined sound super interesting. I had heard of TWaTD before but was skeptical of reading it. I think I'll give it a chance though :)
    Thank you for stopping by My TTT!

  4. Great list! So many fantastic titles here!

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  5. The Scorpio Races - good one! I'm interested in listening to The Wrath and the Dawn soon. Very cool that you're giving away the Egg & Spoon audiobook. That one won the Audie award this year! Glad to find another audiobook fan.

  6. Great list, some of these I'll be looking in to like Entwined, that sounds good. Good list, thanks for stopping by my list. Happy Summer Reading!

  7. I hadn't heard of Far, Far Away until now, but I'll have to look into it if it's a favourite of yours! :)

  8. I didn't know Bone Gap was a retelling. Maybe I'll reread it an look for the references. Great list!

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

  9. I know I keep saying it, but one day I will read The Lunar Chronicles. I think I need to just jump in. The Book of Lost Things is another one I keep meaning to read. I read a novella by the John Connolly a year or so ago and really liked it. Goose Girl almost went on my list, but I already included Thorn and decided I needed to stop or else my list would soon turn to 20.

    This is a great list, Anne!

  10. I love how you included book trailers! I keep bumping into The Book of Lost Things so I'll have to add that to my TBR pile for sure. :-)
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  11. I cannot believe I forgot The Book of Lost Things and I hadn't realized the Scorpio Races was based on a Celtic tale, that's awesome.

  12. I didn't even realize some of these were fairy tale retellings!! I have The Book of Lost Things sitting on my bookshelf, but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for sharing!! :D

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  13. Entwined looks great, and I really want to read The Lunar Chronicles.Great list!

  14. I've only read a few of these (The Book of Lost Things, Cinder, and Scarlet), but I would also love to read The Wrath and the Dawn and The Scorpio Races. I like it that some authors are branching out and choosing to retell some tales that might not be so well known.

  15. I loved Entwined! The villain was my favorite character haha. He was so cool and mysterious, but evil sadly :/ I kind of wish he wasn't evil and was the love interest instead. I didn't care much for her actual love interest.

  16. Oh, you have such great picks! And I LOVE the idea of putting i book trailers, too!!

    I own "Cinder" and "Scarlet", which I must read sometime this year! Then I need to get the rest of The Lunar Chronicles. I have "Entwined", as well. I never knew that "The Scorpio Races" was a fairy tale retelling. Now I want it more than ever!

    LOVE your post!! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Reading!! : )

  17. I didn't know that the egg and the spoon was a retelling. Thank you for pointing that out, now i want to read it even more!
    And you make Scorpio races sound fantastic so i will have to look into that one and read it soon.
    Fantastic list :)

  18. I just recently purchased The Book of Lost Things.. I'm very excited to get to it! Bone Gap and Tender Morsels are also on my TBR. Loved The Wrath and the Dawn! Can't wait for the next book. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I had no idea that some of these were retellings! Egg and Spoon, The Scorpio Races, or Bone Gap! They are all on my TBR too, so this is extra exciting. I adored Wrath too, and of course The Lunar Chronicles! Fabulous list!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight


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