Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT, #32)

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

This week's post is:
Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/ Want To Read
In no particular order...

These are some of the retellings that I have read, currently reading, and want to read! :) Goodreads Blurbs below if you want to know more about these books!


Cinder and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #1 and #2) - Marissa Meyer
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Beastly  - Alex Flinn
BeastlyI am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) - Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) -Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Sweet Venom  (Medusa Girls, #1) - Tara Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)

Grace moves to San Francisco but fears monsters and girl who looks just like her who shows up to fight them. Orphan Gretchen is tired of battling monsters. Her mentor vanishes. Wealthy Greer has busy social life, no room for joining triplets on her doorstep. Three teen descendants of Medusa must unite and fight monsters only they can see -- or are some good?

Currently Reading

Splintered  (Splintered, #1) - A. G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered, #1)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Want to Read 

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) - Rosamund Hodge
Cruel BeautyBased on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


Cress and Winter  (The Lunar Chronicles, #3 and #4) -Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

A Court of Thorns and Roses
(A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) -Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1) -Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

What Are Your Picks?


  1. I have been wanting to read Starcrossed ever since I read Trial by Fire. I had no idea that it was a retelling.

    1. I really enjoyed it! It's not so much as a "fairytale" retelling but more of a modern day re-imagining/retelling of Paris and Helen of Troy's story. Nonetheless, great book! Also really need to read Trial by Fire, I've heard great things. :)

  2. Lol you just reminded me that I have The Wrath and the Dawn in my TBR pile. I never knew The Madmans Daughter was a fairytale retelling. Awesome list!

    1. YES! I loved The Wrath and the Dawn! Great book! And it's not really "fairytale" but rather just a retelling of H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau. I've heard awesome things so I can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I can't wait for Winter to be published and Starcrossed seems interesting.

    1. Me Too! Can't wait! And yes Starcrossed is really good, it has so much depth and a more complex storyline under the surface thats really worth reading. There's a lot of interesting information on the backstories of the characters, I loved it! If you give it a try let me know what you think! Thanks for commenting :)

  4. Oh, I want to read The Madman's Daughter SO BADLY... I just keep forgetting to add it to my Amazon orders. I've actually read quite a few of these - Cruel Beauty, Cress and ACOTAR are such good reads (but then, I'm an avid retelling reader, so I would say that!).
    Beth x

    1. Haha ME TOO! Glad you liked them, Hopefully I enjoy them just as much! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. From the Lunar Chronicles I´ve only read Cinder, son I need to catch up. Nice picks!
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

    1. I've read Cinder and Scarlet and I really enjoyed both! I'm also a little behind on reading Cress but hopefully I can get to it before Winter comes out! Thanks for commenting and Happy Reading! :)

  6. I have only read Cinder and loved it! I plan to read more and you can find my list here my TTT

    I like Starcrossed's synopsis and cover! That I hadn't heard about before.
    Old follower.

  7. The Wrath and the Dawn! Yes! I've heard so much praise for that one (although I also know a couple people who didn't like it, so I hope they're wrong, haha). I'm so hoping I'll love it. And I've been meaning to read Marissa Meyer's books for ages - all the hype can't be wrong, right?


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