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Top Ten Tuesday #2 – Fairytale Retellings I Want To Read

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

When I read that this week’s topic was fairytale retellings, I got pretty excited. There have been a few that I’ve been wanting to read, but I didn’t have 10. So, I decided to do a little research, and I am SO glad I did. I discovered some books (specifically #1 and #2!!!) that I now am dying to read. So, this one was fun for me!

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Want to Read

10. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

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This seems like a darker version of The Little Mermaid, which I loved as a kid. And the love triangle is a twist. So, I’m intrigued about this one.

9. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

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I have never been a fan of Sleeping Beauty, but I LOVE this cover. And the synopsis is so vague but compelling, so I’m really curious about this one.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this book. The cyborg aspect has always thrown me off, but I’ve only heard great things about it, so I need to read it soon.

7. Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

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Cinderella has been retold way too many times, but this one caught my attention. And here’s why: “Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight” (from Goodreads). Sounds like my kind of Cinderella.

6. The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

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I already have this one but haven’t read it yet. I just HAVE to know how this story is told from the ugly stepsister’s point of view. It’s definitely unique. And aren’t we a little tired of hearing Cinderella’s version?

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Okay, Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite fairytale, and yes, it’s because of the Disney movie. Come on, admit it, you want that library too :). Anyway, so this one definitely is up there on my list. In this story, the girl has to marry the evil ruler of her kingdom, and she does, but she has a plan to destroy him…until she starts falling for him. Yes please!

4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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This is like Little Red Riding Hood on steroids. Not a big fan of that fairytale, but this one sounds pretty good. I like the wolf-slaying aspect of it. Bring it on!

3. Beastly by Alex Flinn

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I saw the movie, which wasn’t that bad, but I’m assuming the book is much better. Plus, it’s a modern version of Beauty and the Beast. That is a definite yes for me!

2. Neverland by Anna Katmore

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Hook was one of my favorite movies growing up (it still is), and I love the Peter Pan story, so I will pretty much read any retelling of it. This one sounds SO good! A girl ending up in Neverland, being captured by Captain Hook, and falling for him. Tell me that doesn’t sound good! Such a twist. I love it. I can’t wait to read it!

1. Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

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Yes, my top two are Peter Pan retellings, because they both sound amazing! In this book, James Hook and Peter Man start at as children, which is already something I NEED to know more about. So, I will just leave you with this awesome tagline from the synopsis: “This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole.” OMG! I want to read this RIGHT NOW! But it’s not even out until September!

*Click on the book covers to see their Goodreads page*

What do you think of my list? Feel free to leave links to your own Top Ten Tuesday! I would love to see yours! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #1

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

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday, and this week’s topic is Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. This was actually an eye-opener for me. As I was looking through the books I have read, I didn’t see very much diversity. I was kind of shocked. I definitely need to read more books featuring diversity or diverse characters. Sadly, I only have 5 for this list because I didn’t have many books to choose from to begin with, and some I didn’t even like. So, here is my Top 5 Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters.

5. Joyride by Anna Banks

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One of this book’s main characters, Carly, is Mexican and has been trying to get her parents back from Mexico after they were deported. And she gets close with Arden, the popular boy who is also the sheriff’s son. Not only did this book have diverse characters, but it also featured two people who couldn’t be more different. Great book!

4. Maybe Baby by Kim Golden

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Even though the main character is African-American and there are also interracial relationships, it wasn’t made into a big deal. It was just a romance, without it focusing on the fact that the people have different ethnicities, which I really liked. And the story is so good! I loved this book!

3. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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I wish I went to the high school featured in this book! The homecoming queen used to be a guy and is also the quarterback of the football team, and the gay-straight alliance was created to teach the straight kids how to dance. Come on! Doesn’t that sound awesome? And of course, there is a very sweet gay romance.

2. The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma

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Indian girl meets American boy. Their families and backgrounds couldn’t be more different, but they click. And I loved this book. Plus, look at the awesome cover! So good!

1. Breaking Free by S.M. Koz

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Love, love, loved this book! Not only does it feature an interracial couple, but the main character, Kelsie, cuts herself. This is a very real struggle that many people have to deal with, so it was great to see a book focus on it and bring awareness to this issue. Plus, I LOVED the romance between Kelsie and JC.

*Click on the book covers to see their Goodreads page*

Feel free to leave links to your own Top Ten Tuesday! I would love to see yours! 🙂