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Novel Pairings

Feb 9, 2021

Today, Sara and Chelsey topple your TBR lists with fairytale retellings for every type of reader. They reminisce about the book that sparked their love of retellings and discuss why fairytales are still so appealing to adult readers.


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Books mentioned:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon)

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon)

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon)

The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon)

Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon)

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Amazon)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Amazon)

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Amazon)

Austenland by Shannon Hale (Amazon)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)  by Marissa Meyer (Amazon)

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (Amazon)

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Amazon)

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (Amazon)

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Amazon)

Thorn by Intisar Khanani (Amazon)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (Amazon)

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Amazon)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory McGuire (Amazon)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Amazon)

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Amazon)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia (Amazon)

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg (Amazon)

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer  (Amazon)

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (Amazon)

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (Amazon)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Amazon)

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (Amazon)


Also mentioned:

SSR Podcast Episode 12: Ella Enchanted

Gail Carriger’s Heroine’s Journey 

Maureen Murdock’s Heroine’s Journey

More heroine’s journey resources


Up next:

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter