3. Winter by Marissa Meyer
As you can guess, Winter is a retelling of SnowWhite, and it's definitely my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles, though Cress is pretty amazing. Winter is the grand finale of the entire series, and Marissa Meyers doesn't disappoint. None of the characters are neglected. Each relationship gets their own sub-plot and a share of the spotlight.
Winter is the fair Lunar Princess. Like Levana, she also has had a miserable childhood, tortured by her closest relative instead of loved. But instead of traveling the path Levana went, Winter becomes kinder. In fact, she stops using her telepathic Lunar abilities, because she thinks it's wrong to take control over someone. As a result, she has terrible hallucinations, and many think she's insane. Jacin, Winter's guard and child-hood friend, is so sweet and protective of her. I just loved seeing the two interact.
I must warn you that this does not read as a stand-alone. The plot gets more complicated with the addition of more sub-plots, so you must start with Cinder and work your way up. Each and every book sparkles in its own way, so I'd recommend reading all of them.
2. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
1. Dragon Rose by Christine Pope
The Dragon Lord has ruled over Rhianne's town for centuries, and she's been selected as his next bride. None of the brides ever return once they enter the stony fortress the Dragon Lord lives in...
This is another very tender romance. The Dragon Lord is surprisingly kind, even when Rhianne pries into his secrets. Rhianne is strong, independent, and practical. She's a great character to follow, and it's exciting to unveil the mysteries and secrets that lurk in the castle.
Do you know of any other Beauty and the Beast retellings? I'd love to check them out :) Do you like to read retellings of fairytales? Why do you think some people like to hear the same stories over and over again?
Want more fairytale retellings? Check out Laurie's favorites.
Thank you for reading!
I'm linking my website to my name, so please feel free to check it out ;) Especially if you like romances.
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: http://melaniewrites.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-huntress-of-thornbeck-forest-is.html
Dragon Rose: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Rose-Tales-Latter-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B00A81XPX0
I just finished Winter last night! I agree. . .great choice! I will have to check out the other two as well! Thanks, Liz!ReplyDelete
My pleasure, Erin :) Thank you for the comment!Delete
I haven't read any of these books yet, but they're all going on my list :) Other Beauty and the Beast retellings I can think of are Beauty and Rose Daughter, both by Robin McKinley, Trevelyan by Naomi Musch (this one will probably be included in one of my future What We're Reading posts), and The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson, which you've probably already read :) Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, too. One of my story ideas for a future manuscript was inspired by Beauty and the Beast - hopefully I'll get around to writing it someday!ReplyDelete
Yay! CAC is partially inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I look forward to reading that future manuscript of yours ;)Delete
Thanks, Liz! These sound really good, and I like love stories too. :) I haven't read Winter yet, and may have to pick that one up this weekend. The other two I had never heard of, and I will be adding them to my book list.ReplyDelete
You're very welcome :) Yay! Glad you like romance too. I hope you get an opportunity to check out the Lunar Chronicles--they really are spectacular. If you do get the opportunity, please tell me what you think :)Delete