favourite ya retellings

hello, everyone! sorry for the lack of posts; i promise i’m very much active. i’m still trying to get the hang of wordpress here. i’ve been thinking of different posts to write, and i thought i’d compile a list of my absolute favourite retellings in the realm of ya and fantasy. enjoy!

a court of mist and fury by sarah j. maas occupies my number one spot. there is no further discussion about this! it’s roughly based on the myth of hades, the greek god of the underworld and persephone, goddess of spring and hades’ queen. as a picky reader wary of the hype surrounding many newly released ya books, i was afraid that acomaf would fall short of my high expectations. however, i was completely wrong! maas blew my mind with her latest installment, and i found myself wanting more of prythian, more of feyre, and most of all, more of rhysand, who has usurped will herondale as my favourite fictional boyfriend. if you enjoy teasing banter, steamy scenes, and action sequences taut with tension, acomaf should be first on your to read list!

[acomaf art by charliebowater]

second on the list is the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh, a lush, beautifully written book based on the arabian nights. the lyrical language alone will fully immerse you into shazi’s world, and the descriptions of the places, food and people will convince you to want to live in the pages of the story and become a part of it. plus, it helps that khalid is protective of shazi without being possessive, which i thought was the sweetest thing.

cruel beauty, written by rosamund hodge, takes the third spot on my list. it’s a loose retelling of beauty and the beast. i thought it was an interesting take on the classic fairy tale story we’re all used to hearing about. if you’re into snarky humor and strong female protagonists, this is the book for you!

the forbidden wish by jessica khoury is a wonderful, unique retelling of aladdin. part of the reason why i loved it so much was because it was the first aladdin retelling i’ve read. i loved the concept of the jinn and their magical powers. near the end of the book, you’ll get to understand the book’s title for what it is.

throne of glass, also by sarah j. maas, is a retelling based on a loose interpretation of cinderella. the author has said that it is built around a single question: what if cinderella was a assassin who went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him? doesn’t that sound interesting?! i remember picking up the book on a whim back in 2012 when it was first published. i recommended it to a few friends, and they all loved it!

and that’s it for now! happy reading!! what are some of your most loved re-imaginings?

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