Fae Friday – My Favorite Retellings

Happy Fae Friday everyone! I have ~somewhat~ recovered from moving continents, although my emotional state can only be described as dead inside. It’s still very hot here, and I’d move back to the US just for the AC. But there’s not excuse to miss Fae Friday of course!


Fae Friday is hosted by Caffeinated Fae, and you can find all future prompts on her blog! All you gotta do is link back to her page and have fun with the prompt! Here is this week’s prompt:

“We all know those classic fairytales, but sometimes a retelling can blow the classic out of the water. This curious wannabe fae wants to know what are some fairytale retellings that you have enjoyed!”

I love a good retelling, and I’ve read a few in my life. I’d love to read more though, so recommend me your favorites if you want!

House of Salt and Sorrows book cover

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

I love retellings, but I love them even more when it’s an obscure fairy tale. House of Salt and Sorrows is based on the twelve dancing princesses, which I personally had never even heard of. The book is super atmospheric, and has tons of twists that keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a spooky read this Fall!
Cinder book cover


By Marissa Meyer

I sorta bought Cinder based on the cover years ago, when it wasn’t even that popular yet. Wow, that made me sound like a hipster. But I loved this series, because the retellings are so unique. It honestly takes a lot of hard work and talent to turn a super simple fairy tale in an epic series of which the last book has 800 pages. I loved Meyer’s Queen of Hearts retelling, Heartless, as well!

A Curse do Dark and Lonely book cover

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

By Brigid Kemmerer

I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t think I would like this book much despite all the hype. I wasn’t really waiting for another Beauty and the Beast retelling. But I got it somewhere at a discount and ended up enjoying it a lot. *Insert shocked pikachu face here* I haven’t read A Heart so Fierce and Broken yet, but I have it with me in NL, so I hope to read it soon!

That’s it from me today! What are some of your favorite retellings? Let me know!

You can find my past Fae Friday posts here!


  1. August 21, 2020 / 7:27 am

    What a cool prompt this week! You selected great books! My favorite retelling is, The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopoulos because it was so comical!

    • simonevanheijst
      August 21, 2020 / 7:38 am

      Thanks! I’ve never heard of that retelling, but I’m definitely going to check it out now!😄

  2. August 21, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Great list! 😉 I also wasn’t expecting to love ACSDAL and Cinder as much as I did, but I’m so glad I read them. I’m starting Cress soon and can’t wait!

    • simonevanheijst
      August 21, 2020 / 9:15 am

      I loved Cress! Hope you enjoy it too😊

  3. August 21, 2020 / 10:48 am

    I loved the Lunar Chronicles so much!!! I still need to read A Curse so Dark and Lonely. I believe I have it on my kindle. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it when you weren’t expecting to! Those books are so much fun. I’m not sure what my favorite retelling is. I really enjoyed all of the retellings in the Lunar Chronicles though! I really liked Nevermore by Kelly Creagh! That’s a retelling involving Poe. It was super dark and creepy but so good! I also like almost every retelling involving greek gods XD

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

    • simonevanheijst
      August 21, 2020 / 11:31 am

      I hope you like A Curse so Dark and Lonely when you get to it! I’ve never heard of Nevermore, but since you said it’s dark and creepy I’m definitely interested now!😄

  4. August 21, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    I am so ashamed that I haven’t read any of these! I definitely need to get started on them ASAP!

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