With retellings, authors can make fairytales modern, more just, and more inclusive. Actually, they can add more magic while making the stories feel more real. | Let me tell you about three "Cinderella" spinoffs in this post!
Fantasy | Contemporary | YA | 'A Song Below Water' is a complex read with real eye-opening teenager voices.
Fantasy | MG | A sweet book set in a cool sea-related world (with dragons and a lot of magic) that weaves friendship, daughter-and-mother love, and adventure.
Fairy-tale retelling | YA | Take a huge dose of 'Caraval' vibe, mix it with light 'The Night Circus' enchantment, sprinkle it with a good bit of 'Alice In Wonderland' story style, add a pinch of 'Mulan' dynamics, throw in a bucket of crucial life messages, adapt it all as a sequel-slash-retelling of 'Cinderella'... And you get Stepsister. As marvelous as that.
Sci-fi + fantasy | YA | General + book-by-book reviews | This was a wild ride. Both reading the series and writing the reviews.
YA | Contemporary | How to sum up this story in a few words. I'll go with "A disastrous read with an ending that lightly makes up for it."
Historical fiction (1920s) | YA | This is a cute book, but it didn't strike me as thaaat special. It was mostly fluff with good characters but not an otherworldly story. Kudos to the last two chapters, though.
Self-help/Nonfiction | VIVE LA DIFFERENCE is, as its subtitle claims, "a Frenchman's perspective on American women, love, respect and relationships."
Historical fiction | The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is one of those books that fill your head with beautiful setting. The description is alive, it saturates the room you're in with colors and emotions.
Fantasy | Morgenstern must have dipped her manuscript into a river of magic and it came out soaked in mystery and wonder.