Top 5 Sat: Retellings on my TBR

How is it May already?? April flew by in a blink. I’d like to say I accomplished a lot with isolation going on but that would be a lie. Instead, I got caught up in books and procrastinated my uni work. To add to this, my TBR seems to be growing this week with the Top 5 Sat theme of: Retellings. This meme was created by the lovely Mandy over at Devouring Books.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales – SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. I mean… just that description has me already saying YES, YES, YES. Who wouldn’t want to read a boy-meets-boy ‘summer loving’ Grease retelling??

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. When he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. This book sounds amazing. I love strong female characters and this one seems sure to deliver!

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – I wasn’t such a fan of the first book in this series but I ADORED Grey. His prominence in this book has it firmly placed on my TBR.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – With Russian fairy tales and (apparently) beautifully descriptive writing, this story has been high on my TBR for years now. Having just finished an MG fantasy with Russian fairy-tale influence I’m keen to compare the tales to TBATN.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I’ve read so many good reviews for The Lunar Chronicles over the years and yet I still haven’t read it. Here’s to hoping I give this series a read sometime this year!

35 thoughts on “Top 5 Sat: Retellings on my TBR

  1. I read A Curse so Dark and Lonely for OWLs last month, and… it was meh. Lol I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I really didn’t like it. However, you’re right, Grey was probably my fav character of all, and the way things ended in the first book made me curious to see what’s going to happen next.

    The Bear and the Nightingale is my favorite trilogy of all time. I also finished the last book in April and I’m so sad that it’s over… You need to pick it up soon! Although, I’d recommend reading it during wintertime. ❤

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    • I’m glad it wasn’t just me! I really tried to get in to A Curse so Dark and Lonely but just couldn’t seem to. The cover and reviews for Bear and the Nightingale are so positive and good I honestly can’t wait to try it! Especially as (in Aussie) we’re headed in to our Wintertime. Although that’s normally just a case of (slightly) less heat than normal 😂 someday I’m hoping to see snow and read indoors by a fireplace (it only seems appropriate!). Thanks for the comment Alex 😊

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  2. Cinder, The Bear and the Nightingale & A Heart so Fierce and Broken are all amazing! I think you will enjoy AHSFAB if you liked Grey because it’s pretty much his book. You’ve got some great reads ahead of you 😊

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    • I only realised after having read Nevertell that there were similarities between the stories and then looked it up. The Bear and the Nightingale is a retelling of both the story of Father Frost and Vasilisa the Beautiful. I hope you enjoy it too Susan 🙂

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  3. A heart so fierce and broken sucks. I liked the first book. But this second… nope. Sucks. Grey was the best character in the first but in book two he basically acts like an emo teenager and everything I loved about Grey was just… well it disappeared. … but you know maybe you’ll like it… *half hearted thumbs up* 🙈🙈🙈

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      • Oh no, I was hoping Grey would come across as he did in the first book. I trust your judgement though. I’ll still give it a read but my expectations are lowered (which might dispel some future disappointment, haha). Also, I admire your commitment! After trudging through two books, why not finish the series off? At least I hope it will be the end at book 3 😂

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      • I read the first book with my book group and the consensus was that we liked it, thought Grey was the best. Then a bunch of us read the second together as a buddy read. One DNFd, one rated it two stars and two of us rated it one….. 🙈

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  4. I tried to focus on non fairy tale retellings for my post, but if I had focused on fairy tale retellings The Bear and the Nightingale would have been on it!! I love fairy tales from other cultures and have focused on more irregular retellings lately!

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  5. Only Mostly Devastated has such an interesting retelling theme – Grease! – it was a no brainer to add it to my TBR. I’ve just recently bought the Kindle version and am excited to give it a try. Thanks for the comment Lisa 🙂

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