Baba Yaga had that distinct, gritty feel to her words, as you would expect, but with that wise grandmother feel I'd want her to embody. It was a perfect read, and a timely one, on being your own woman, Baba Yaga style.
Well, I'm finally doing it. The idea for a jinn retelling of The Secret Garden has been brewing in my thoughts for a while now. There aren't many The Secret Garden retellings out there, and there are fewer Middle Eastern retellings of most of classic literature.
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again is arguably one of the most powerful opening lines of a book. And Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite classics. So of course with the surge of retellings, I've been eager to find the best Rebecca retellings. Most have been a disappointment, and don't capture the dark, gothic, and compelling essence of Rebecca. But, I've managed to create a list of Rebecca retellings that, based on Goodreads ratings, should be good.
A fairytale-esque fantasy, Beneath the Haunting Sea explores betrayal, bloodlines, and identity.
A magical retelling of The Goose Girl.
Ivory and Bone is an Ice Age retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
A captivatingly colorful and whimsical retelling of Alice in Wonderland, Furthermore pushes the boundaries of imaginative and intriguing.
It had a fairy tale feel to it, something atmospheric in a sense, that made reading it not feel like a child's tale, but more a cozy story you'd sit next to a fire while listening to it being told to you.
A riveting read, the story feels like a fairy tale, but reads like a gothic novel. A perfect blend of tale and caution, The Glass Woman is likely to be a new gothic classic.