T5W- Retellings 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog/vlog post created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey on youtube. There is a new topic every week, and you talk about your Top 5 books based off the topic. You can find the topics over at the Goodreads group if you want to join in, or you can check out other posts and participants at the Complete List of Wednesday-ers.

This weeks’ theme is Top 5 Favorite Retellings.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Ash by Malinda Lo

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

(one I’m looking forward to) Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman


The Looking Glass Wars is one of my favorite books, and it’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I reread parts of it at least, every once in a while. I just really love how Frank  Beddor re-imagined Wonderland. So, the story by Lewis Carroll is wrong. Alyss is the newly orphaned heir of Wonderland’s throne, who escaped through the Pool of Tears, running from her murderous Aunt Redd. When she finds herself in Victorian London, she befriends an aspiring author to whom she tells her story…

Ash is a retelling of Cinderella, with magic and faeries. The writing is beautiful, and in this story there isn’t actually a prince. There is a faerie lord, and a King’s Huntress.

Tiger Lily is a different version of Peter Pan. It’s from Tinker Bell’s perspective, and is about how before Wendy came, Peter had Tiger Lily. I read this one because Margot from Epic Reads loved it, and talked about it often in Tea Time videos. It’s so good, and actually pretty emotional at times.

Enchanted is a version of the story where the frog gets kissed and turned into a prince. But the girl in this is the youngest of the Woodcutter family, who hates the royal family. As a frog, he would listen everyday to Sunday’s stories, and one day as she left, she gave him a kiss. I read this as a library book a few years ago, and I actually really want to read it again.

Okay, while I’ve read other retellings, I don’t consider them favorites. But one I’m looking forward to reading is Legacy of Kings, which is a retelling of Alexander the Great, with magic. So much yes in that. I’m pretty sure most people know what it’s about (Epic Reads Explains video if you’re interested), because there is quiet a bit of hype surrounding it. I’m really excited about it, and I hope it will be awesome.

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