Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #1: 10 Books if you like Once Upon a Time

My first Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
One of my favorite TV shows at the moment is Once Upon a Time because of its unique way of blending fairytales together and modernizing them.

Top Ten Books if you Like...


1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - a prequel to Peter Pan and my current read. While not a modernized fairytale, it's still a retelling so it counts.

2. The Nevermor Trilogy by Lani Lenore - another Peter Pan retelling set in a new dark fantasy world with original characters.

3. The Child Thief by Brom - Okay so I clearly really like Peter Pan. This is another super dark retelling for Peter Pan.

4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - a steampunk-ish retelling of Alice and Wonderland. Be warned though. I absolutely loved the first book but the next two, not so much.

5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - another Alice and Wonderland retelling this time set in modern London where there's London Above but sometimes you fall into the cracks and into London Below. I really need to reread this. I read it so long ago.

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman - not so much of a retelling of anything in particular but a blending of all the forgotten mythologies as told by the wonderful Neil Gaiman.

7. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu - a modernized retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - sci-fi Cinderella. Need I say more? I really need to get this off my TBR list and just actually read it.

9. Legend by Marie Lu - not a fairytale at all but in an interview Marie Lu said she thought of her story as a meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables and that description kind of stuck with me. It's true to a degree when you think about it.

10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente - a really long mouthful of a title that's perfectly suited to this new fairy story that Ms. Valente has created. This is not a retelling at all but it's a fairytale of it's own kind with a precocious protagonist and just... more people need to read this.

**Edit 4/30/14**
I totally forgot about this one too. It deserves to be on this list!

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen - a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty intertwined with a girl's search for truth in her grandmother's haunting past as a victim of the Holocaust.

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