Greek Mythology Retellings || Recommendations

I was completely obsessed with retellings last year, and it all started when I read Circe by Madeline Miller, so I thought I’d share some recommendations of Greek mythology retellings I’ve really enjoyed.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

It is, essentially, a retelling of the Iliad from Patroclus’ perspective. It follows the lives of Achilles and Patroclus from late childhood right through to the final stages of the Trojan war.

Why you should read it:

For starters, Miller’s writing is easy to read. She has an amazing ability to pull you into the story and make you care. It explores themes of violence and masculinity, positioning Achilles as the ultimate expression of that masculinity, and Patroclus as a kind of foil to it. It’s also got unstated LGBT representation.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

Like The Song of Achilles, this book is also about The Trojan War. However, this novel is written primarily from the point of view of Briseis, a war prize captured from a neighbouring city state. It’s also intermingled with third person chapters following Achilles and Patroclus.

Why you should read it:

The Silence of the Girls has a lot of heavy tones and themes. It doesn’t flinch from the depiction of genocide and especially the suffering women endured. It’s well written, and you can tell the author has put in the hard yards in terms of research.

Here, the World Entire by Anwen Kya Hayward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

This is a short novella narrated by Medusa recounting scenes from her life, up until when she meets Perseus.

Why you should read it:

This is a heartbreaking exploration of a woman who became a monster. It very successfully humanises a woman who was raped and victimised, and then was abandoned and maligned by those who should have protected her. It’s a short meditation of key moments of her life, and it reads beautifully, despite the sadness.

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

Dark of the Moon is a YA retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. It’s told through a dual narrative from Theseus and Ariadne’s perspectives.

Why you should read it:

This book was a complete surprise to me. It has no fantastical elements, instead reframing the myth with realistic explanations. It also explores a society where religion is central, and women hold positions of power, which was absolutely fascinating to read. The relationship between Ariadne and Theseus is also much different to the original myths, and I think it was so refreshing to watch their friendship grow.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s it about:

It’s a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone, but with Hindu/Indian mythological twist.

Why you should read it:

Firstly, the writing is gorgeous. Secondly, the world building is fascinating, and it’s completely immersive. Thirdly, the romance is quite swoon worthy. Fourthly… you get the idea. Just give it a go.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

It’s a retelling of The Iliad from the perspectives of dozens of women who were affected by the Trojan War (including goddesses).

Why you should read it:

Absolutely addictive

Strength in surviving

Circe by Madeline Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

This is a character study of Circe, the world’s first witch, in her own words.

Why you should read it:

Circe has beautiful writing, which is always a plus. It’s feminist. It rehabilitates a villain, casting her into a different light. It’s also very much a character study, as mentioned above, so while there is magic, and action, it is very reflective, which I loved.

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What it’s about:

It’s a retelling of the related myths of Oedipus and Antigone, in a dual narrative.

Why you should read it:

For one, the writing is completely engaging. The mystery and suspense was absolutely gripping. It’s also a realistic retelling, so there are no fantasy elements. It’s basically pure historical fiction. The pacing was on point, and the plot was completely satisfying. This book had a little bit of everything. Some mystery, some political intrigue, satisfying plot twists. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

Retellings Reading Challenge Wrap Up 2019

Welcome to my Retelling Reading Challenge Wrap Up for 2019. I am pleased to say I was very successful. In total I read 55 books and 6 manga for the challenge this year, and I also completed the entire bingo card! I was fortunate to read a lot of wonderful books for this challenge, but since there were so many I’ll link to my quarterly updates, rather than listing them all here:

First Quarter Update (Jan-Mar)

Second Quarter Update(Apr- Jun)

Third Quarter Update (Jul-Sep)

Final Quarter Update (Oct- Dec)

Beauty and the Beast: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Set in a Foreign Country: The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes (Oedipus and Antigone myths, Greece) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Standalone Book: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Snow White) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wonderland: Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Award Winning Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Orange Prize for Fiction, The Iliad) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One Word Title: Perception by Terri Fleming (Pride and Prejudice) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bronte or Austen: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (Pride and Prejudice) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Native American Myth: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia (Mayan myth) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2019 Release: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (The Iliad) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Egyptian Myth: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Greek Myth: Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett (Theseus and the Minotaur) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Debut Author: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Little Mermaid) ⭐️⭐️💫

Free Space: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (Sumerian/Mesopotamian/Assyrian myth) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Shakespeare: Ophelia Queen of Denmark by Jackie French (Hamlet) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Asian Myth: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Korean myth) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Indie Book: Here, the World Entire by Anwen Kya Hayward (Medusa) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Russian Folklore: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Weapon on the Cover: For the Immortal by Emily Hauser ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Norse Myth: The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi ⭐️

Peter Pan: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Over 500 Pages: Stain by A. G. Howard (The Princess and the Pea) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Set in Space: A Spark of White Fireby Sangu Mandanna (The Mahabharata) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Middle Eastern Myth: The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (Djinn) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brothers Grimm: Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie McLemore (Snow White and Rose Red) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Written 10+ Years Ago: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Did you participate in any reading challenges this year? How did you go?

Have you read any of the books above? What were your thoughts?

Let me know in the comments below!



#RetellingAThon Wrap Up

Throughout the month of August I participated in #RetellingAThon. Each week had a different theme, and I chose to join #TeamFairyTale led by Umairah @ Sereadipity. Despite only completing two books that week, it was my second best week in terms of pages read. Go figure?

A surprising number weren’t true retellings, but were rather prequels or sequels. I’ll note that briefly for each one. My mini reviews for most of these are coming soon, so if you’re interested, watch out for them in September.


Books finished: 11

Books DNFd: 4

Books Still Reading: 2

Pages Read: 3912


Total pages read: 876

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of the Mahabharata
  • YA Fantasy

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Features Egyptian gods and goddesses
  • YA Fantasy

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Features Mayan mythology
  • Historical Fantasy


Total pages read: 1250.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • A retelling of both Macbeth and Hamlet
  • Fantasy Satire

Ophelia Queen of Denmark by Jackie French ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Hamlet
  • YA Historical Fantasy

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand ⭐️⭐️

  • Not a retelling at all. It just featured Twelfth Night as a plot point
  • (YA) Contemporary Romance

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Romeo and Juliet from Benvolio’s POV
  • YA Historical Fantasy
  • CW: Violence, murder of homosexual character, violence against women, blood, suicide, death, homophobia

I, Iago by Nicole Galland DNF 16%

  • Retelling of Othello
  • Historical Fiction

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (Still Reading)

  • Retelling of King Lear
  • Fantasy
  • POC Rep


Total pages read: 964

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning DNF 55%

  • Backstory of the sea witch (Ursula in the Disney movie) from The Little Mermaid

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood
  • POC & Disability Rep
  • Science Fiction Dystopia

Robbergirl by S. T. Gibson ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of The Snow Queen from the Robber Girl’s POV
  • F/F romance
  • YA Fantasy

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (Finished September 1, so it doesn’t really count) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • A sequel to Cinderella from a stepsister’s POV
  • YA Fantasy
  • Disability Rep




Total pages read: 822

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye DNF 10%

  • A sort of retelling of Jane Eyre
  • Historical Fiction

The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons DNF 52%

  • A sequel to Alice in Wonderland
  • Fantasy

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Retelling of Peter Pan from Tiger Lily’s POV
  • YA Fantasy
  • POC & LGBT Rep

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • An imagining of Marilla Cuthbert’s backstory from Anne Of Green Gables
  • Historical Fiction

Perception|| Terri Fleming [Pride & Prejudice Retelling Mini Review]

Perception by Terri Fleming

Historical Fiction

400 Pages

Published 2017



Mary Bennet does not dream of marriage. Much to her mother’s horror, Mary is determined not to follow in the footsteps of her elder sisters, Jane (now Mrs Bingley) and Lizzy (now Mrs Darcy). Living at home with her remaining sister, Kitty, and her parents, Mary does not care for fashions or flattery. Her hopes are simple – a roof over her head, music at the piano, a book in her hand and the freedom not to marry the first bachelor her mother can snare for her.

But Mrs Bennet is not accustomed to listening to her daughters. When one of Meryton’s wealthiest residents reveals her son is returning home, Mrs Bennett is determined to hear wedding bells ring for one of her girls. Thrown into society, Mary discovers that promises can be broken, money can conquer love, and duty is not always a path to happiness. But by the time she realises her perceptions might be false, might she have missed her chance at a future she’d never imagined?


The main protagonist is Mary Bennet, the middle daughter of the family. In the original she is described as plain, and is mostly interested in music and reading. She had no interest in social occasions beyond finding an audience to display her accomplishments, of which she was rather vain.

This book takes place a few years after the end of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There are many familiar characters, plus a few new ones. It mirrors the original in many ways and plays on familiar riffs of Pride and Prejudice.

Perception keeps to similar themes such as gender roles, marriage, social and class divisions, social climbing, and family. However, at its heart, it is a romance.

Yes, you heard me – a romance revolving around Mary Bennet. It was sweet and very well written. I was a little dismayed at the whole makeover part, but I enjoyed reading about Mary’s internal growth and change as a character. I felt it was perhaps a teeny bit dramatic, and sometimes I found myself wondering how believable it was. But this might not be an issue for others.

My only real issue was the portrayal of the majority of women as frivolous and stupid. It’s been a while since I read the original, but I’m pretty sure this type of talk was present. It still makes me uncomfortable.

The language is more accessible than Austen, but still keeps the historical feel. It’s very readable, and I’d recommend it to fans of Austen, and historical romance.

2019 Retellings Reading Challenge|| Quarterly Wrap Up

My quarterly wrap up for the 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge is a little late, but here it is. Because I’ve done reviews for most of these I’ll only give you dot point notes, and I’ll link to my full reviews if you want to know more of my thoughts on any given book.


Alcestis by Katherine Beutner

Historical Fantasy

  • Retelling of the Alcestis myth
  • Pacing was very slow
  • Didn’t like where the plot was heading, so DNF @ 65%

The Silver Handled Knife by Frances Thomas

YA Historical Fiction

  • Retelling of the Oresteia from Elektra’s POV
  • Pacing was all over the place
  • Felt more like a summary of the myth, rather than a retelling
  • Narrative jumps back and forward
  • Felt no connection to any of the characters

2 stars

For the Immortal by Emily Hauser

Historical Fantasy

  • Retelling of Heracles, Theseus & Amazons myth from Admete and Hippolyta’s POVs
  • Plot and characters interesting
  • Writing needed editing (some sentences were grammatically incorrect)
  • Wish I read series in order

3 stars

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


  • A Feminist retelling of Snow White with LGBT representation
  • Focus on relationship between Queen Mina and her stepdaughter Lynet
  • Both live with the heavy unrealistic expectations of their fathers
  • About the family you choose, and moving beyond the expectations placed on you

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

YA Fantasy

  • Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in French inspired world
  • Solid plot, worldbuilding, and characters
  • Disability representation- Armand, the male lead, is an amputee
  • Themes of penance and redemption
  • Liked the contrast between organised religion and the folk believes still popular in rural areas

4 stars

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

YA Fantasy

  • Latinx retelling of Snow White & Rose Red, with Swan Lake mixed in
  • Gorgeous writing
  • Setting was otherwordly
  • Worldbuilding as a whole was magical and whimsical
  • Loved the relationships between the sisters, Blanca & Roja, as well as their relationships with the parents, and with Page and Yearling
  • Loved the LGBT (especially transgender) representation, which was moving and sensitive
  • About writing your own story, not living the one others choose for you

Stain by A. G. Howard

YA Fantasy

  • Retelling of The Princess and the Pea, with other fairytale elements
  • TW: Child abuse, violence
  • Magical, fantastical descriptions
  • Themes of found family, embracing your scars
  • Huge book, and the pace is meandering

Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Fantasy Novella

  • Retelling of The Snow Queen
  • Magic system was dark and creepy
  • Two main characters with third person present tense narration
  • Enjoyed the plot and characters
  • Lots of gender diversity (neutral, non-binary, transgender etc)

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy

  • Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
  • Disability representation (cerebral palsy and amputee) was positive and sensitively portrayed
  • Adored the characters
  • The new twist on the fairytale was unique

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

YA Fantasy

  • Retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon with other fairytale influences
  • Magical, whimsical world with wintry atmosphere
  • I loved the plot and the characters
  • There was a library full of mirror books!

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

YA Fantasy

  • Retelling of The Goose Girl
  • TW: Animal death
  • Focus on MC development from a shy princess to confident young woman
  • Themes of friendship, identity and self-confidence
  • Low on romance
  • Magic was interesting. I liked that the predisposition was innate, but it required practice. Also appreciated that it wasn’t the solution to every problem

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Historical Fantasy

  • An LGBT retelling of The Iliad from Patroclus’ POV
  • Love the writing- super easy to read
  • Worldbuilding was well done
  • Some scenes were quite violent and disturbing
  • Centres around Patroclus and Achilles’ relationship

Here, The World Entire by Anwen Kya Hayward

Historical Fiction Novella

  • Retelling of Perseus myth from Medusa’s POV
  • TW: Rape
  • Beautiful writing
  • Sympathetic and poignant reflection on three key scenes in Medusa’s life

5 stars

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes

Historical Fiction

  • Retelling of Oedipus and Antigone myths from the perspectives of Ismene and Jocasta
  • Writing was excellent
  • Engaging and interesting plot and characters- told from two POVs, one in past, one in present
  • Liked the twist on the original myth- completely believable
  • Vivid worldbuilding
  • Discussion about writing your own history, and the unknowable effect other people can have on you

Fairytale Retellings || Recommendations

Hello all, and welcome. Today I bring you a magical recommendation list of fairytale retellings. I’ve tried to include a whole range of stories, from The Little Mermaid to Snow White. You may notice that there is a distinct absence of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast retellings. Why, you ask? Well dearies, that’s because I’m bringing you separate recommendation lists for them later this year, so keep an eye out!

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To Kill a Kingdom By Alexandra Christo

YA Fantasy


This take on The Little Mermaid is a bit darker than the Disney version. Lira is a siren princess and she has a prince’s heart for every year she’s been alive. Prince Elian is on a mission to destroy all sirens and make the sea safe again.

There’s adventure, sarcasm, friendship, morally grey characters, and an enemies to lovers romance.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

YA Fantasy


Spinning Silver is a fairly loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin with Eastern European folklore mixed in. Miryem is the daughter of money lender, and takes over his job when she’s old enough, earning more in a few months than her father earned in years. Her ability to turn silver into gold earns her the unwanted attention of the Staryk King, ruler of a non-human race who live in the snow and ice.

This book contains a beautiful wintry atmosphere, demons, bargains and three strong intelligent female leads.

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The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


The Goose Girl is the story of a young princess whose ambitious servant takes her place when she’s on her way to wed the prince of a neighbouring kingdom. She ends up working as a goose herder, and attracts the attention of the prince. In this version Ani, the princess, also has a magical gift for speaking to birds.

If you enjoy retellings that retain their fairytale vibe, a focus on friendship, and coming-of-age stories, The Goose Girl may be your cup of tea.


Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew


Winterglass is an Asian inspired retelling of The Snow Queen. Nuawa is a gladiator who intends to kill the Winter Queen and free her country from winter’s dominion, but only if the shard of glass in her heart doesn’t kill her first. It features huge gender diversity, strong female characters, and a dark enthralling magic system that uses ghosts as energy sources. If these things pique your interest, this novella is for you.

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer


Echo North is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with splashes of other legends and fairytales thrown in. Echo Alkaev makes a deal to live with a white wolf for a year in his magical house under a mountain in exchange for helping her father.

If you like books with a wintry atmosphere, libraries, fairytale mashups, and gorgeous worldbuilding, this is definitely one to try.


Stain by A. G. Howard


Stain is a loose retelling of The Princess and the Pea with many other recognisable fairytale influences. Set in a world that has been divided in two, Eldoria exists on the surface and is bathed in permanent sun, while Nerezeth has been dragged underground along with the moon, and exists in eternal night. Princess Lyra, heir to Eldorian throne looks like the night folk, and is incapable of human speech, while Prince Vesper, crown prince of Nerezeth looks like the day folk. To reunite their world, they must find each other, even after Lyra’s evil aunt expels her from the palace, and Lyra begins life in The Ashen Ravine as a crossdressing girl called Stain.

This book is huge, but if you like found families, lush descriptions, stories about fate and embracing your scars, and you don’t mind a meandering pace, this is definitely worth a read.

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Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge


Crimson Bound is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in a French inspired world. When she was fifteen, Rachelle killed her aunt after being marked by a Forestborn, turning her into something both more and less than human – a Bloodbound. For three years she has worked for the King, slaying woodspawn in order to atone for her crime. Now, she is assigned by the King to guard his son, Armand, a man rumoured to have resisted the Forestborn’s curse, and who lost his hands in the process.

If you like antiheroes, complex mythology, French inspired settings, and disability representation, Crimson Bound may be to your liking.

Currently Reading

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Blanca & Roja is a retelling of both the ballet Swan Lake and the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red featuring Latinx sisters as the lead characters. The del Cisne girls are as different as day and night. Blanca is pale and fair, while Roja is dark with deep red hair. Blanca is sweet and gentle, while Roja is all sharp edges. And they have always known that one day they would be separated by a family curse. A curse that ensures two daughters are born every generation, and the swans in the woods will take one of them. One is destined to remain a girl, while her sister becomes a swan.

If you like magical realism, beautiful writing, stories about sisters, or sensitive transgender representation this is definitely a book that should be on your radar.

On my TBR

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. She is torn between two paths. Should she use her magic for good and serve mortals, or should she follow a  darker path fraught with unknown consequences? Kingdom of Ash and Briars pays homage to Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Cinderella & Jane Austen’s Emma.

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

This Little Mermaid Retelling explores the origins of The Sea Witch. Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This Snow White retelling is set in a Chinese inspired world, and follows the rise of the Evil Queen. Xifeng is beautiful, and the stars say she is destined for greatness, that she will be the Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

In order to rise so high she must reject the man who loves her and embrace the magic that runs in her veins – magic that is fuelled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. But is the price fo the throne too high?

Upcoming Releases

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

YA Fantasy

Release date: 6 August 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows is a retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses. Annaleigh and her sisters live in a manor by the sea, and they are cursed. At the start of the story, four of her sisters have died tragically, and Annaleigh begins to have disturbing visions which convince her that her sisters’ deaths were not accidental. Meanwhile, her other sisters sneak out every night to attend glittery balls and dance all night. But who, or what, are the really dancing with? Annaleigh must unravel the mystery before someone else dies.


The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

YA Fantasy

Release date: 25 June 2019

This retelling of Snow White charts the life of the Evil Queen. Raised in the mortal realm, Everly has no idea she is a fairy princess until she develops the ability to commune with mirrors. Then she discovers the awful truth, that fairytales are not only real, they are prophecies of the future, and Everly is destined to be Snow White’s greatest enemy.

Let’s chat!

What are your favourite fairytales and retellings? Have I missed any of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Review: Echo North|| Joanna Ruth Meyer

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

YA Fantasy

400 pages

Release Date: 2019


4.5/ 5 stars

Synopsis from GoodReads

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever

Why I was interested: 

It’s a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon! I’m not as familiar with this fairytale, so I’m interested to see where the author takes it.

General comments:

I really enjoyed Echo North. The writing was lovely, the world building was phenomenal, and the characters were engaging. I loved how the author took inspiration from different myths and fairytales, such as Cupid and Psyche, Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lin and The Snow Queen; and wove them together to create something new and unique.

What I liked: 

  • Body positivity: Echo was scarred on her face as a child, and it really affects her self esteem and relationships with others. Over the course of the novel, Echo’s self- esteem and self-worth really grow, and she learns to embrace her body as it is.
  • Friendships: I enjoyed watching Echo’s relationships with the white wolf, Mokosh, and Hal grow throughout the story. The developing relationships mirrored Echo’s own personal growth.
  • The atmosphere: The writing was beautiful, and I every time I opened the book I was enveloped in this feeling of whimsy and magic and unreality.
  • The worldbuilding: The world of Echo North felt very expansive, and the setting was rich and well thought out. My favourite part was the library of mirror-books, which allowed both the reader and the characters to explore multiple realities.

What I disliked: 

  • That it ended?

Let’s Chat

Are you a fan of fairytale retellings? Have you read Echo North? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

I had really hoped to have read a lot more during Fairytaleathon, but I only ended up finishing two books. Still, they were both 4 star reads, so I guess I can’t complain too much. So without further ado, these are the books I read.

Challenge 4: Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Fantasy Novella


What I liked:

  • The magic system and world building was dark and enthralling – you can injure a person’s shadow or spirit, ghosts are used as energy to power cities etc.
  • There was huge gender diversity, and it was portrayed as normal, which was awesome (and confusing for me to start with, but I was so there for this)
  • Our two main characters, Nuawa and Lussadh, were both quite reserved, cold, strategic, and blunt, but I really quite liked both of them, and I felt they were complex and consistent. I understood their motivations, and was able to sympathise with them.

What I (sort of) disliked:

  • I did balk at the use of the term Occidental to begin with, because of the associations with Orientalism. I think perhaps it is a case of the author taking back power and agency by re-appropriating terms that were traditionally used to ‘Other’ Middle Eastern and Asian peoples, and thus oppress and dehumanise them. But that is just a guess, and I still felt a bit uncomfortable with the use of the term. I just feel that any kind of term that raises those connotations and divisions between people just perpetuates the same kind of thinking.

Challenge 3, 6, & 8: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy


What I liked:

  • It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast!
  • Great disability representation! The main character, Harper, has cerebral palsy, and I thought it was handled realistically and sensitively.
  • The twist on the original allowed Rhen and Harper to interact with a range of people, as well as avoiding some of the more disturbing connotations that people dislike in Beauty and the Beast, like bestiality and Stockholm syndrome.
  • The side characters were awesome!
  • Rhen and Harper’s growth was well handled, and their relationship was built on respect and trust.

What I disliked: 

  • I felt it would have been better as a standalone, and wasn’t that impressed with the twist to keep the series going.
  • The main villain, Lillith, was really flat and stereotypical. I wanted a bit more than a sadistic witch with a bad temper.
  • I felt that the worldbuilding as a whole wasn’t that strong. Days later, I can’t remember much of the setting at all.


Let’s Chat

What are your favourite fairytale retellings? Have you read either of these books, and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.

January Book Haul #4 || Fairytale Retellings

So here I am with part four of my January book haul. This one is devoted to fairytale retellings. Check it out.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2015

Series: No

Why I’m interested: It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Enough said.


Ash by Malinda Lo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2009

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s an LGBT retelling of Cinderella

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2018

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid charting the rise of Ursula, the sea witch.

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2016

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Mulan and Snow White.


Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

Release Date: 2015

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s a steampunk retelling of Cinderella.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2017

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s an East Asian reimagining of the Evil Queen’s story from Snow White


Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge

Genre: YA Fantasy Novella

Release Date: 2014

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s a retelling of Cinderella

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The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2003

Series: Yes

Why I’m interested: It’s a retelling of The Goose Girl.


Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 2017

Series: No

Why I’m Interested: It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Genre: YA LGBT Fantasy

Release Date: 2018

Series: No

Why I’m interested: A Latinx inspired retelling of Snow White and Rose Red

2019 Retellings Reading Challenge || TBR

Retellings are my thing this year, so yay! This is the perfect reading challenge for me! I’m so super excited I literally did a dance on the spot. It runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 and basically involves reading retellings of all kinds, from mythology to literature retellings. I’m planning to be the Fairest of them All, in which I aim to read a total of 21-25+ Retellings this year. If you’re interested in joining up, follow this link to Cornerfolds.


Beauty and the Beast: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Set in a Foreign Country: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (Orkney Islands, Scotland & Switzerland)

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Standalone Book: Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer (East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling)

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Wonderland: Heartless by Marissa Meyer


Award Winning Book: ( I’m sure there’s something on my TBR that has won an award)


One Word Title: Winterspell by Claire Legrand (The Nutcracker retelling)


Bronte or Austen: Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal


Native American Myth: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mayan mythology)

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2019 Release: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling)

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Egyptian Myth: (I haven’t decided this one yet)


Greek Myth: The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes (Oedipus & Antigone myths retold from Jocasta and Ismene’s perspectives)

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Debut Author: (Again, I’m sure there’s a debut author somewhere on my TBR)


Free Space: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Retelling of The Iliad)

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Shakespeare: I, Iago by Nicole Galland (Othello retelling)

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Asian Myth: The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni (Reimagining of The Mahabharat)

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Indie Book: Here, the World Entire by Anwen Kya Hayward (Medusa myth retelling)

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Russian Folklore: Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Includes elements of The Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf from Russian folklore)


Weapon on the Cover: Heart of Sherwood by Edale Lane (Robin Hood retelling)

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Norse Myth: Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

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Peter Pan: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Over 500 Pages: Stain by A. G. Howard


Set in space: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories)

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Middle Eastern Myth: The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad


Brothers Grimm: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Little Red Cap)

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Written 10+ Years Ago: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Published in 2005)

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What are your thoughts? Do you love retellings? 💕 Have you read any of these books yet, and what did you think of them?