|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.|
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten Fairy Tale Novels!
Okay, you guys see these sort of lists from me ALL the time. I co-host Fairy Tale Fortnight every spring. I do A Twist in the Tail features almost every Thursday! Fairy tales are my life blood!
Since I know a LOT of people will be choosing the same books for TTT this week, I decided to twist it up a little and bring you books you probably DON'T know.
So....I'm going to go ahead and feature books with retellings of obscure tales that you likely haven't heard of!
(Um...and add an eleventh one because I can't count...)
In No Particular Order...
This book just came out this summer and I really want to read it! It's based on the tale of The Girl Without Hands, which is also known as The Handless Maiden or The Girl with Silver Hands. It sounds haunting and I hear it's fantastic!
2) VALIANT by Sarah McGuire
This book is another 2015 release, and so much fun! Sarah McGuire poked at the story of The Brave Little Tailor, which actually wasn't one of her favorite tales. She wanted to explore why, and once she realized she was seeing a FEMALE tailor, this story was born!
I haven't reviewed this yet!? How did that happen? Well, for now, Check out My interview with Sarah McGuire!
3) STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD by Jane Nickerson
Who in their right mind is obsessed with the story of Bluebeard as a child!? Jane Nickerson, that's who! The lush environment brings the South to life in a very visual way, and adds so much atmosphere to this grisly tale! Jane Nickerson has gone on to write THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR, features new characters and is based on the Scottish Ballad of Tam Lin, another tale that doesn't get much attention!
My Review, my interview with Jane Nickerson
4) WINTER ROSE by Patricia A. McKillip
I was introduced to Patricia A. McKillip by Throne of Glass author Sarah J. Maas, who'd been reading/recommending her on her blog after her publishing deal was announced a few years ago. I went onto Ebay and bought a lot of McKillip books to try out. WINTER ROSE incorporates The Ballad of Tam Lin and The Goblin Market, two tales that aren't well-known. Tam Lin is becoming more well-known and adapted, especially since Sarah J. Maas just incorporated elements of it into her novel A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, which took the YA world by storm earlier this year, but The Goblin Market is still largely unheard of!
5) HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH by Tiffany Schmidt
Another 2015 title I'm super excited about! I bought a copy as soon as it came out and had Tiffany Schmidt sign it...now I just need to read! The book isn't based on an obscure fairy tale, because most people have heard of The Princess and the Pea. Buuuuuut, it's obscure to have a novel that retells the tale--and does os in such a modern way! For example, our "princess" bruises due to a really rare disease! PLUS we're dealing with mafia crime lords. Isn't that an awesomely unique take on a tale you thought you knew!?
View an excerpt from my blog tour stop and check out my interview with Tiffany Schmidt!
6) DAMSELFLY by Jennie Bates Bozic
7) TOADS AND DIAMONDS by Heather Tomlinson
TOADS AND DIAMONDS is based on Charles Perrault’s The Fairies. The tale is frequently referenced in fairy tale-inspired or fantasy novels because the curse/"gift" of speaking and spitting out toads/snakes or diamonds/flowers is a very traditional curse. But not everyone knows it comes from a story, and the cursed characters often aren't the focus of the book! In TOADS AND DIAMONDS, they are!!!
8) THE SCARECROW KING by Jill Myles
I read THE SCARECROW KING earlier this summer and will be reviewing it soon on a future A Twist in the Tail Thursday, so keep an eye out! I've since moved on to reading other fairy tale-inspired books by Jill Myles. What's ironic is that THE SCARECROW KING is based on one of my LEAST favorite fairy tales, King Thrushbeard. I really hate the "lesson" of the tale, but Jill Myles took all of the bad elements and twisted them into something new that had more romance and less "command," plus, a built-in fantasy world that was hard to stay out of. I really enjoyed her version of this obscure tale!
9) WHITE CAT by Holly Black
(It looks like I never reviewed this. I'll have to do that someday when I re-read this book and then first-read RED GLOVE and BLACK HEART!)
10) CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge
11) THE PEDDLER'S ROAD by Matthew Cody
What!? A retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is coming out in October!? I must own this and read it!!! This is one of those tales where you know the story and you sometimes see a Pied Piper in literature or on TV, but books usually don't outright feature the tale! Nomnomnom, I want this so much!!!