Best Book Retellings

With there being so many book retellings out there in YA, I have read several of them. And most of them are amazing. If you haven’t read some of these, you need to read some. There are so many retelling out there ranging from fairy tales, classics, and so many more. I’m taking my top 4 and I’m bringing you this lovely list of book retellings, the best ones out there.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Released: May 5, 2015

Pages: 416 (Hardback)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Title: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Released: June 28, 2005

Pages: 377 (Paperback)

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: Feiwel and Friends

Released: January 3, 2012

Pages: 390 (Hardback)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Released: August 2, 2012

Pages: 404 (Hardback)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

What are some of your favorite retellings? Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Would you take any books off this list or add any up there? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Happy Reading,
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2 thoughts on “Best Book Retellings

    1. I love them too! Retellings are some of my favorites. ToG originally started as a series retelling of Cinderella but once you read the series, you realize that it really isn’t. The first book sort of follows that plot line but the other books really don’t. You should read the series at some time. They are amazing!

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