So, today’s topic is Favorite Retellings (fairytales, myths, literature, etc). When I first so this topic, I was so excited! But then, I started looking for titles for this post and my mind went completely blank. It’s not that I have not read any retellings. It’s just that there aren’t very many titles I could come up with that I really liked. If that makes sense.
Number 5: A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. I have mentioned this book again in a previous Top 5 Wednesday post. This is a Cinderella retelling involving Russian aristocrats. It’s a really well-written book and I like it very much.
SUMMARY: After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination.
Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there’s the small matter of Rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancée…
Number 4: Devoured by Amanda Marrone. This is a Snow-White retelling that is not quite like any other Snow-White retelling you have ever read. When I first reviewed this book, I only gave it a 3 out of 5 star-rating, because it had scared the Bejesus outta me. But, honestly, this is a great book. If I ever gathered the courage to read it again, I would probably give it 5 out of 5 stars.
SUMMARY: Think of the tale of Snow White. What if I told you that Prince Charming was a cheating pig? Or, that the enchanted mirror was actually a genie? What if I told you that Snow White was not fairy tale but history?
Megan’s twin sister Remy died in a car accident years ago, but her restless spirit could not find its path and lingered haunting Megan for years. But after she takes a job at the Land of Enchantment, Remy’s ghost seems to get more agitated and Megan finds out that Luke -another employer- can see her twin too.
Now Megan has to help her sister and it looks like Luke’s the only one who can help her do that. But things are getting from bad to worse. Her attraction to Luke is irresistible, though she already has a boyfriend. And Ari, her new friend, is crazy about Luke. When her best friend is found with her heart missing, exactly like in the visions Remy has shown her, she can’t ignore it anymore; something is terribly wrong . Will she find out what that is, or will she end up being the next victim?
Number 3: When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke. I have only read this book once, but as soon as I read the topic of this Top 5 Wednesday, I knew that this had to be one of the titles I would include in my post. It’s not exactly a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. But the two books have quite a few themes in common. It’s more like the author based her novel’s concept on Pride and Prejudice and then went on to create her own story.
SUMMARY: What happens when a carefree, disreputable, stone-broke bachelor is forced to find a wife in a hurry? He hires a matchmaker, of course. What happens when the matchmaker doesn’t want to help him? Well, that’s when the fun begins…
Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he cuts off Nicholas’ trust fund, the fun-loving marquess is forced to find an alternate source of income—in other words, he has to marry an heiress.
Every new-money American heiress knows Lady Belinda Featherstone is the key to social acceptance. Once a new-money nobody herself, Belinda discovered first-hand how heartbreaking the game of love and matrimony could be after a reprobate British earl married her for her money. Now a respectable widow, Belinda has become England’s most successful matchmaker, guiding young American heiresses through the hazards of the London season and helping them to find husbands worthy of them. To her mind, the Marquess of Trubridge is nothing but a fortune-hunting scoundrel and she has no intention of allowing him to charm his way into any American girl’s heart, including her own.
Number 2: An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn. This is the third book in the Bridgertons series and it is by far my favorite one. It is another Cinderella retelling and it is the third Historical Romance on this list. Still, it is a really nice story.
SUMMARY: Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball—or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.
Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
Number 1: Splintered by A.G. Howard. This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and it is one of the best books I have read in my entire life. Unfortunately, for some reason I have yet to finish the series, but when I get around to it, it’s going to be AWESOME!!!
SUMMARY: 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.
And with that my Top 5 Wednesday list for the week is complete. Next week’s topic is Books To Read By The Fire (winter/holiday recommendations). However, I’mm probably not going to participate, since I’ve got something else planned for that day on this blog.
Oh, and here is the Complete List of Wednesdayers.
So, what did you think of the books I chose? What are your top 5 favorite retellings? Tell me in the comments below… 😀