I love retellings. Especially if I know the original material and can see the differences the retelling has made! You might see a couple of Peter Pan retellings because I do love those 😄
Peter Darling by S.A. Chant/Austin Chant (GR/SG) Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.
But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.
I absolutely love this book. Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories and I always enjoy seeing what other authors bring to the table and how they change the story. I’ll admit, I don’t really remember much of the story so I definitely think it’s time to pick this up again.
Alice (The Wanderland Chronicles) by J.M. Sullivan (GR/SG) My Review – Always protect your queen.”
Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.
Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking
It has Alice AND zombies so that’s literally the coolest thing ever. Also, Sullivan wrote a Peter Pan retelling too!
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (GR/SG) –When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Yes! Another Peter Pan retelling 😄 that’s 3 now if you count me mentioning Sullivan’s other book.
Heartless by Marissa Mayer (GR/SG) – Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A villain origin story? Focused on the RED QUEEN?? AND THERE’S TONS OF FOOD INVOLVED? See, this is why the villains could be good! And by good I mean like a good read 😂
Once & Future by A. R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (GR/SG) – King Arthur as you’ve never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl — and she has a universe to save.
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
I love it when retellings are just so different from their source material and they’re super fun to read! Also I love this version of Merlin 😄
How many retellings have you read? Which ones were your favourites? Come give me recs so I don’t have to think too hard about what to read next! Which is a joke because I have so many arcs and a Goodreads shelf that’s TITLED to read next 😅 but come! Give me titles!