Tag: fairytale retellings

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

May 26, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★½

This beautifully written story is perfect for readers just entering their teens, or for those who want to relive the metamorphosis from child to something else. I think The Castle Behind Thorns will ensnare all who pick it up, and can't really recommend it enough.

The Castle Behind Thorns is a magical tale of a boy, a princess, and a castle overridden by thorns. I don't know whether to call it a retelling of Sleeping Beauty or not. It certainly shares the basic elements, but like all great stories it transcends the original and becomes something wholly other, something unique...

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Towering by Alex Flinn

Towering by Alex Flinn

December 3, 2013 Reviews 0

Although well told and imaginative, I think this project was a little too ambitious for my liking. Towering is modern retelling of the Rapunzel fairy-tale, but Flinn has coupled it with elements from Wuthering Heights which left me bewildered and confused. Wyatt is my favourite character in the book –…

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Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

September 26, 2013 Reviews 0

A surprisingly good read, especially because when I started it, Scarlet in the Snow was in danger of being catalogued as ‘just another Beauty and the Beast retelling’. But this story, which intertwines two Russian Fairytales (The Scarlet Flower and Fenist the Falcon), is charming, lyrical and beautiful. Set in an…

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Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

June 25, 2013 Reviews 1

The Reynolds are a very special family. Why did I not see this before? Silas in Sisters Red, Samuel in Sweetly, and now Celia, Anna and Jane in Fathomless. My mind is blown. Fathomless is a completely different beast from the other two books in this series, I almost don’t…

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Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

April 22, 2013 Reviews 1

Date published: 23rd August 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Format: Hardcover, 310 pages Series: Fairytale Retellings, Book 2 ISBN 13: 9780316068659 ISBN 10: 0316068659 Categories: YA Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: borrowed from the library As a child, Gretchen’s twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen…

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

February 6, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I’ve waited so long for this book, but when I finally got it, I was afraid to start reading – what if it wasn’t as good as Cinder, what if I don’t like Scarlet, is there enough Kai in it? Scarlet, I am ecstatic to say, is just as awesome…

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn

December 19, 2012 Reviews 3

Date published: 8th February 2011 Publisher: HarperTeen Format: Paperback, Movie Tie-in Edition, 304 pages Series: Kendra Chronicles, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9780061963285 ISBN 10: 0061963283 Categories: YA – Other Paranormal Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: bought Love is never ugly I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new…

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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

September 20, 2012 Reviews 1

Date published: 7th June 2010 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Format: Hardback, 324 pages Series: Fairytale Retellings, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9780316068680 ISBN 10: 0316068683 Categories: YA Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia (AU) / Bookworld Source: borrowed from the library Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she…

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

January 25, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

When I first heard about Cinder, I was sceptical. I haven’t had positive experiences with retellings of fairytales, and a retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg Cinderella sounds silly to me. Once I started reading the book, I found that it isn’t the same calibre as most of the YA…

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