9 Fairy Tale Retellings to One-Click

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Fairy-tale inspired novels have been some of the most exciting to read this year, and next year, there’s a slew of releases that promise to capture our attention with fantastical twists on our most beloved classics. Here’s a list of 9 series/books to one-click; some I’ve read and loved, and some I can’t wait to read!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights)
Read my review for The Wrath and the Dawn

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Beauty and the Beast
Read my review for ACOTAR

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White
Read my review of Winter

The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons – Alice in Wonderland, multiple classic fairytales
Read my review of The Collectors’ Society

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights)

Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas – Cinderella
Read my review of Ash and Bramble

Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – Snow White

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins – Grimm Brothers’ tale, The Singing Bone

 

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16 Books I’m Dying To Read This Fall

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There are so many UNBELIEVABLE books coming between now and the end of this year, that I thought I’d share with you my own most anticipated reads for the remainder of 2015!!! These are books that I think are interesting and engaging, books you need to be one-clicking!

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – Aug 18

  • YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy

This one looks so good with a blend of both history and fantasy. This is exactly the kind of book I love and I’m excited to read it!

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedon’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while keeping hidden her own mission: kill the queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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Hold On by Kristen Ashley – Sep 01

Every Kristen Ashley is a most anticipated book for me and I can’t wait to finally get Merry’s story!

Since she was young, Cher Rivers knew she was not the kind of girl who got what she wanted. A girl who could hope. A girl who could dream. She knew a happily ever after just wasn’t in the cards for her.

In love for years with the last bastion of the ‘burg’s eligible bachelors, Garrett Merrick, Cher worked hard at making him laugh. Being one of the guys. Having him in her life the only way she could. All this knowing he was in love with another woman.

The Merrick Family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered. Both Cecelia’s children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett “Merry” Merrick knew in his soul the woman he divorced years ago was the one for him.

Until the night when Cher took Garrett’s back and things changed. The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him and he goes after her.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Sep 01

This is one of my favorite YA fantasy series, and after the shift and new characters in Heir of Fire, I’m excited (and a little scared) to see what happens in Queen of Shadows! Team Chaol all the way!

  • YA Fantasy

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson – Sep 22

I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson and cannot wait to see what she delivers next. Plus, this synopsis is entirely intriguing!

  • YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Oct 08

I really enjoyed reading the Grisha trilogy, loved how edgy the story was and I can’t wait to read Leigh Bardugo’s latest, which already has a lot of buzz.

  • YA Fantasy/Suspense

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – Oct 13

Snow Like Ashes was an immediate favorite when I first devoured it, and now, I cannot wait to read more of Meira’s story!

  • YA Fantasy

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) – Oct 20

This is such a brilliant murder mystery/suspense series and I loved every installment. Looking forward to seeing what happens next in Cormoran Strike’s intriguing adventures.

  • Adult Suspense/Mystery

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.

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Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley – Oct 27

The Chaos series is sexy, suspenseful and so much fun to read. I loved Ride Steady, the last release, and so looking forward to Millie and High’s story!

Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

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The House by Christina Lauren – Oct 27

I am so excited to see what kind of tale this talented duo weaves in their upcoming suspense release!

  • YA Suspense/Thriller

Delilah and Gavin’s new love is threatened by a force uncomfortably close to home in this haunting novel from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard.

His shirt is black, jeans are black, and shaggy black hair falls into his eyes. And when Gavin looks up at Delilah, the dark eyes shadowed with bluish circles seem to flicker to life.

He lives in that house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets.

Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – Oct 27

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is one of my favorite all-time books and as a suspense reader, I am so excited to read this novel!

  • YA Suspense/Thriller

From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth.

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo’s father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

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Madame X by Jasinda Wilder – Nov 03

I’m always a big fan of Jasinda Wilder’s novels, but I know this novel promises to be an experience we’ll remember. Looking forward to reading this first installment in her first traditionally published series.

  • Erotic Romance

Madame X invites you to test the limits of control in this provocative new
novel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder.
 
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do.
And you’d do well to follow my rules…

 
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X is a master of the art of control. With a single glance she can cut you down to nothing, or make you feel like a king.

But there is only one man who can claim her body—and her soul.

Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for a different path, X has never known anything or anyone else—until now…

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November Nine by Colleen Hoover – Nov 10

I love love love every Colleen Hoover book and this one is going to be amazing! Cannot wait to read and discuss with my fellow book lovers.

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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Soundless by Richelle Mead – Nov 10

The synopsis kills me. The second I read about this book, I was anxious to read it! 

  • YA Fantasy

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever….

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Winter by Marissa Meyer – Nov 10

This is a really great, imaginative series inspired by fairy tale heroines (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White). Cannot wait to see what happens next!

  • YA Fantasy

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestelling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Lone Star by Paullina Simons – Nov 24

Paullina Simons changed my life with her Bronze Horseman trilogy and she promises all the feels in this latest. Cannot wait!

Lone Star version 2From the bestselling, acclaimed author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman comes the unforgettable love story between a college-bound young woman and a traveling troubadour on his way to war—a moving, compelling novel of love lost and found set against the stunning backdrop of Eastern Europe.

Chloe is just weeks away from heading off to college and starting a new life far from her home in Maine when she embarks on a great European adventure with her boyfriend and two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to keep an old family promise.

Here, in this fledgling post-Communist world, Chloe meets a charming American vagabond named Johnny, who carries a guitar, an easy smile—and a lifetime of secrets. From Treblinka to Trieste, from Karnikava to Krakow, from Vilnius to Venice, the unlikely band of friends and lovers traverse the old world on a train trip that becomes a treacherous journey into Europe’s and Johnny’s darkest past—a journey that jeopardizes Chloe’s plans for the future and all she ever thought she wanted.

But the lifelong bonds Chloe and her friends share are about to be put to the ultimate test—and whether or not they reach Barcelona, they can only be certain that their lives will never be the same again.

A sweeping, beautiful tale that mesmerizes and enchants, Lone Star will linger long in the memory once the final page is turned.

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Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward – Dec 01

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one my very favorite and I can’t wait to read the first of this spin-off series!

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

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Summer Must-Reads in Every Category

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Are you packing your beach bag? There is nothing more wonderful (IT’S A FACT) than laying by the beach or the pool with an amazing book… nothing better! Well, I’ve got some great recommendations, old and new, for you to one-click and enjoy! And better yet, I gave you choices in every category, depending on your mood. The one thing they all have in common… they are all compulsively readable. The kind of books you will not be able to put down! So lie back, relax, and get your summer reading on!

Fantasy/ Adventure

More Fantastical Faves

 

Romantic Comedy

More Romantic Comedies

 

Women’s Fiction

 

Sexy Romance

More Sexy & Steamy

 

 

Emotional Romance

More Emotional Powerhouses

 

 

Young Adult

More Young Adult Faves

 

Suspense/ Thrillers

(I had to give you just a few more in this category!)

More Creeptastic Reads | More Romantic Suspense

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Vilma’s Fantastical Favorites

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Here’s a list of some of my fantastical favorites! I’m using this term loosely, but all the stories below feature a fierce adventure, unforgettable characters, exciting plot twists, a struggle for power and a whole lot of blood… and best of all, they totally rock!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
(more books to come)

The Assassin’s Blade is a prequel, but I recommend it be read at least after Throne of Glass. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
(A Court of Mist and Fury is next)

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole
(more books to come)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers

Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore

Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen
(at least one more book coming)

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
(4 books total)

Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashley
(one more book to come)

 

Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch
(two more books coming)

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
(more books to come; next is The Winds of Winter)

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