Top 5 Saturday Retellings and Reimaginigs
Neither one of those is a word and I’m not sure what the difference is between the two so my reemergence on The Top 5 Saturday scene is off to a fantastic start! Either way I’m so glad to be back! As I try to get my groove back on for the Spring/Summer Fling 2020 (I know Amanda remembers last year Summer Fling 2019), I hope the Top 5 Saturday will be a weekend staple! Of course, I had to get approval from the Council of the Ninja Magic Conjuring Cats (CNMCC) and after some serious debate, President Pavel, in a traditional ceremony, announced their stamp of approval:
The Saturday Top Five Schedule for May:
5/2/20 — Retellings
5/9/20 — Books with a Number in the Title
5/16/20 — Books by Debut Authors
5/23/20 — Books about Plants/Flowers (Can be on cover, in title or plot)
5/30/20 — Books from a Male POV
An Ode To Kiersten White
Let’s just be honest. For all intensive purposes, I could have very easily made this a Top Five Saturday Kiersten White List. She is the queen of retells/reimaginings (I’m just going to say R&R for the rest of this post. Who doesn’t need more R&R right now- funny how we’ve all been told to stay the hell home and yet need R&R more than anything right now?! But I’m going down a rabbit hole). There is no one and I mean no one I trust more than Kiersten white to slam dunk a retell out of the park. And I was planning on doing that but I looked at my bookshelves and realized that wasn’t fair. So, instead, I decided to give kudos to the queen of R&R, instead. THEN give a more well rounded Top 5. Although, she does, still, have two books on the list (I couldn’t resist).
1) I’m just going to go in order of the featured image, which was done in no particular order
2) I have reviewed all the books on this list, so I’m not going to go into a long drawn out explanation of why they are on the list, which might make this my shortest post in history– hot damn! All reviews will be linked!
My review for The Guinevere Deception is linked above. Camelot Rising (Camelot Rising #2) <– Goodreads Link Do not peek unless you’ve read Guinevere Deception! I do have an ARCK of Camelot Rising. However, it does not release until November, so it will be a while until I am able to read it (grrr… argh)
Slayer is on the list but I have reviewed both Slayer and Chosen (Slayer #2). I will link both reviews. AS ALWAYS HERE IS YOUR BIG ASS FAIR WARNING BECAUSE I NEVER DO SPOILERS- THIS IS A RARE OCCASION WHERE CHOSEN DEALS IN SPOILERS- NOT JUST FOR SLAYER (that is a given) BUT THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR CHOSEN TOO. I COULDN’T WRITE THAT REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS… THERE ARE REASONS. So there is your warning.
That being said– as always, there AREN’T ANY SPOILERS IN THE SLAYER REVIEW- NONE NADA ZILCH.
Titan has put out some stellar anthologies- two of them involving R&Rs. This is the first of two on this list.
The second of those anthologies from Titan Books is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
His Hideous Heart doesn’t just bring Edgar Allen Poe to the modern day, but it does it through a marginalized lens. Dahlia Adler (Q and A linked) brought together a spectacular line-up of authors, and guess what? She gets to do it again- this time, with Shakespeare. Look out for This Way Madness Lies (goodreads linked so you can shelve it now) this fall (I’ve already started begging for the ARC)!
There you have it – My Top 5 R&Rs… so far… who knows what the year will bring?! Wait— Scratch that… I’m not tempting 2020 about ANYTHING.
What have been your favorite R&Rs? Have you read any on my list? Love them? Hate them? What am I missing out on? Or are there any I should have on my radar? Let me know!!!!! The fling will keep getting updated, so if there are any coming I should know about, tell me!