Once upon a time…. they all lived happily ever after. The end.


This week over at the Broke and Bookish the topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

‘Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read’

I do enjoy a good fairytale retold.  My list this week:

  1. Poison by Sarah Pinborough – this and the next two books are awesome and I just love them.  They’re all made up of more than one tale, they all hail from the same world and they read wonderfully.  Plus, they’re really beautiful little books with gorgeous illustrations.  In case of doubt – these are not children’s books!  Pinborough has a wicked streak, she can be a bit naughty and her stories are a slightly more twisted version than the originals – Charm and Beauty follow in the series.
  2. Charm by Sarah Pinborough
  3. Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
  4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – I absolutely love this book.  Again, it’s a mishmash of stories all coming together in a beautifully dark coming of age tale.
  5. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – this is a werewolf story that takes in the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.  Very entertaining with nasty, smelly werewolves.
  6. Splintered by A G Howard.  Based on Alice in Wonderland – I enjoyed the first and need to pick up the next in series.
  7. Beauty by Robin McKinley – I lovely retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale.
  8. A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas – this is another Beauty and the Beast retelling with mask wearing fae in place of the beast.
  9. The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses
  10. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman – not my favourite of Neil Gaiman’s. A retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist.

Ten books that I would love to read or have waiting:

19 Responses to “Once upon a time…. they all lived happily ever after. The end.”

  1. thebookishoutsider

    Great list! Definitely agree about Poison, Charm & Beauty by Sarah Pinborough and I’m a huge fan! I also included Sweetly, Uprooted and Daughter of the Forest on my list too 🙂

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks for stopping over. I’ll come by and check out your list to see what other goodies you have on there.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tarkabarka

    As a storyteller who loves the Twelve Dancing Princesses, it sounds like the Storyteller and Her Sisters would be a book for me 🙂 I haven’t seen it on any of the other lists. Thank you!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary TTT

    • lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed it – there is a book prior to it but it can be read in isolation.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    I love fairy tale retellings! Sadly I have only read one book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters, from your list. I would happily read most of the others though; they all sound good. I hope you enjoy your upcoming retellings 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I need to get to some of the others soon.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lynn E. O'Connacht

    What a lovely set of lists! ^_^

    I’d happily recommend Daughter of the Forest from your list of not-read-yet books. It’s beautiful. And I’ve heard soooooo many good things about Uprooted!

    The only one from your first list that I’ve read too is The Storyteller and Her Sisters, though. (I did read McKinley’s other retelling of Beauty and the Beast, though!)

    May you enjoy all the upcoming retellings! ^_^

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks. I’m really looking forward to some of these – especially the Daughter of the Forest and Uprooted.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Claire

    I was going to put Sisters red on my list, but there are such mixed reviews. Maybe I should give it a shot anyway. Thoughts?


    • lynnsbooks

      I quite enjoyed it – it’s an unusual take on the tale. I liked the fact that the Weres were nasty, smelly creatures.
      Lynn 😀

  6. iloveheartlandx

    I have a few of the books on your list on my TBR and I am currently reading ACOTAR.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/top-ten-tuesday-16/

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ll have to make sure I check out your review for ACOTAR>
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh man, I haven’t read any of the books in your actual list (though I’ve wanted to pick up Sarah Pinborough’s Poison, Charm and Beauty for ages!) I’ve read four on your to-read list though, both Uprooted and Daughter of the Forest are books I would recommend highly and School for Good and Evil is fun too 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I love the Pinborough books – they’re very short and with a bit of a wicked slant. SP is great, she’s very naughty and she just makes me laugh.
      I’ve had School for Good and Evil for ages – it needs to be a backlist book I think.
      Lynn 😀

  8. cherylmahoney

    Wow, I’m honored to be on a list with Robin McKinley! 🙂 I loved Daughter of the Forest and Cinder, so I hope you will too!

  9. Grace

    I’m in the middle of Cinder right now, and am loving it so far. The sci-fi elements make it completely different from most other fairy tale retellings that I’ve read.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ll look out for your review then – I’ve had the first waiting to be read all this time.
      Lynn 😀

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