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August 29: Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have gone under the radar in that genre!
Defining a book as a hidden gem is a bit tough–is it number of rating? People who’ve read it? But here are some books I think well worth reading. 🙂 Here’s my Top Ten Hidden Gems in Fairy Tale Retellings.
1. Snow White, Blood Red; Ellen Datlow. A collection of varied retellings, but be warned, these are dark tales, reminders that the originals were more horror than light fantasy.
2. Ice; Sarah Beth Durst. A modern East of the Sun, West of the Moon, set at an Arctic research station.
3. Bitter Greens; Kate Forsyth. A Rapunzel tale leaning heavily toward historical fiction.
4. The Stepsister Scheme; Jim C Hines. Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty meet in a light, action adventure.
5. Thorn; Intisar Khanai. A darker, less romance driven retelling of The Goose Girl.
6. One Good Knight; Mercedes Lackey. Normally I wouldn’t do two series by one author, but this one weaves a lot of fairy tales and myths together. This book is St. George and the Dragon.
7. Fire Rose; Mercedes Lackey. Though it’s the start of a series (1995) and not as polished as later books, this Beauty and the Beast story is magical.
8. The Rough Face Girl; Rafe Martin. A children’s book adaptation of Cinderella that’s a little less about outer beauty.
9. Outlaws of Sherwood; Robin McKinley. Robin Hood’s story is more fictionalized history, but it has a sort of fairy tale air to it.
10. Snow White and Rose Red; Patricia Wrede. The Elizabethan setting and language make this retelling not for everyone, but if you don’t mind a slower read and elaborate language, it’s lovely.