Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s prompt is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read. I absolutely love fairytale retellings, and there are a ton on my TBR list, so I’ve split the list into five that I’ve read and five that I want to read.

Note: I’ve definitely read more than these five, but they’re the first ones I could think of!

Five Retellings I’ve Read

1) Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine (retelling: Cinderella) (aka one of my favourite books EVER)
2) Another Pan – Daniel & Dina Nayeri (retelling: Peter Pan) (you can read an old review here!)
3) Snow – Tracy Lynn (retelling: Snow White)
4) Spinners – Donna Jo Napoli (retellling: Rumpelstiltskin)
5) Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin (retelling: Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death) (you can read my review here!)

Five Retellings I Want to Read

1) A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas (retelling: Beauty and the Beast) (actually, I want to read all of her books, but this cover kills me)
2) Cinder – Marissa Meyer (retelling: Cinderella) (I’m including the rest of the Lunar Chronicles in this list, of course!)
3) Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell (retelling: Cinderella)
4) Splintered – A.G. Howard (retelling: Alice in Wonderland)
5) Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige (retelling: The Wizard of Oz)

Bonus: Five Retellings I’ve Reviewed on this blog

1) Spelled (ARC) – Betsy Schow (retelling: The Wizard of Oz and others)
2) A Whole New World (ARC) – Liz Braswell (retelling: Aladdin)
3) A Curse of Ash and Iron (ARC) – Christine Norris (retelling: Cinderella)
4) Dust City – Robert Paul Weston (retelling: Little Red Riding Hood and others)
5) The Fairest of Them All – Carolyn Turgeon (retelling: Rapunzel/Snow White)

What are some of your favourite fairytale retellings? Which ones should I check out?

The Fairest of Them All – Carolyn Turgeon

A few weeks ago, when the big Chapters was closing, Ro and I went and managed to buy 7-8 books each. One of them was something that Ro had wanted to read, but, upon looking at the synopsis, we decided the The Fairest of Them All was a “Sam” book.

“In this kingdom, only one fairy tale can end with happily ever after.

In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel’s beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to her tower and they spend an afternoon of passion together, but by nightfall the prince must return to his kingdom, and his betrothed.

Now king, he weds his intended and the kingdom rejoices when a daughter named Snow White is born. Beyond the castle walls, Rapunzel waits in her crumbling tower, gathering news of her beloved from those who come to her seeking wisdom. She tries to mend her broken heart but her love lingers, pulsing in the magic tendrils of her hair.

The king, too, is haunted by his memories, but after his queen’s mysterious death, he is finally able to follow his heart into the darkness of the forest. But can Rapunzel trade the shadows of the forest for the castle and be the innocent beauty he remembers?”

Have I mentioned before that I absolutely love mixed-up fairy tales? I mean, one of my most favourite books of all time is a re-telling of Cinderella (Ella Enchanted, in case you were wondering). So when I found out that this combined TWO fairy tales, I was completely sold.

I loved the way the two tales were intertwined. It wasn’t a shock, since I had read the back of the book, but it was still fascinating to see Rapunzel’s journey from the naive girl  in the forest tower into Snow White’s evil stepmother.

I guess I can’t really talk too much about it without spoiling most of the plot, but the spin on the seven dwarves was a little creepy but well-done. I might have picked up on it sooner if I had been reading “closely”, but either way, it was an unexpected direction. There was also a twist revealed in the last quarter that I couldn’t figure out if I liked it (I had been analyzing the situation in a totally different way) or if it was clichéd.

When I finished reading it, I wasn’t sure how I felt. On the one hand, I felt like it could have gone the opposite way and been a horrifying yet interesting look at the psychology behind the evil-stepmother trope or the corruption of a formerly good-natured person or something like that. But on the other hand, it was a fairy tale so it had to have a happy ending. In that respect, it did not disappoint.