My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed First Published: March 6th, 2018 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dark, Fairytale Retelling, The Little Mermaid, Forbidden Love, Mother Issues
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy? Continue reading →
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: July 4th, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Books Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Adult, Dark Retelling, Survival, Friendship, Betrayal, Violence
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: May 12th, 2015 Publisher: Putnam BFYR Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, War-Setting
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Publication Date: October 6th 2015 Publisher: Disney Hyperion Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Very slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Magic, Sisterhood
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong. Continue reading →
Books with magical elements are my favourites, and therefore I decided to share the best ones I’ve ever read with you. Hopefully, you’ll get some recommendations out of this post. Cover leads to Goodreads and title leads to Book Depository.