Retellings to Read This November!

Happy November, folksies!

We have stumbled upon a problem. It’s National Novel Writing Month, which means most of you guys are off on your coffee-fueled one a.m. word-sprinting-like-crazy writing projects, and that obviously doesn’t leave very much time to read… unless you’re like me, who’s not doing it this year. Please tell me you are. Because I’m telling you, November is the most difficult month to compile a list of retellings for!

So, November… what comes to mind?

November=December-1.

That means we’re allowed a little bit of snow! It’s gonna get cold in these retellings—not literally, but metaphorically~~ Furthermore, as winter is fast approaching, it’s naturally time to fill our bellies more than usual! (And you all know of one fairytale that specifically features pumpkins…) Of course, this is all a very northern-hemisphere aesthetic xD So if you live down under, I’m sorry! But these retellings can still be enjoyed year-round 😉

So without further ado, let’s dive in! Click on the links to get taken to their Goodreads page 😉

1. Fated by Kaylin Lee

If you’re looking for a retelling on the grittier side this month, the first book in Kaylin Lee’s Destined series is a good place to begin! Featuring unique worldbuilding, quirky characters, sweet romance, and a puzzling plot that will probably make you want to binge the rest of the series although I refuse to take responsibility for that, this unique retelling of Cinderella ties together themes of hope, family, and love amidst the dark unknown. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but something about Kaylin Lee’s books always gives me Marissa Meyer vibes—but without the blood and gore xD

All Cinderella wants is to take care of her family.

After working tirelessly for five years to prove herself among the city’s elite, she’s about to graduate and win a coveted spot in city government. Then it all blows up in her face—literally.

A violent, anonymous force has been targeting commoners in horrifying attacks. Now they’ve set their sights on Cinderella. Either that, or she’s losing her mind. It doesn’t help that she’s falling for a mage who’s way out of her league.

Just as she manages to recover from the attack that left her scarred and traumatized, the city’s mysterious enemy destroys what’s left of her future. But when they go after her family, they cross the line. The whole city is in danger now.

How much is Cinderella willing to risk to save the city that has always hated her?

This series has flown under the radar for far too long now. And that’s just a shame since it’s fantastic!

2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Speaking of Marissa Meyer… While the Lunar Chronicles may be the most well-known, this standalone villain’s prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fabulous retelling as well. Set in a more uptight and Victorian-esque society than the original, this novel tells the heartbreaking love story that turned a simple baker named Catherine into the nefarious Queen of Hearts.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Did I say something about food earlier? Well, since the heroine of this book is a baker, you can expect to read torturously luscious descriptions of all her confections. And is this a tragedy? Well… maybe. You’re welcome 🙂

3. The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz

Looking for a fresh spin on the old way of things? Look no further! Kyle Robert Shultz’s Beaumont and Beasley is a historical fantasy alternate universe that takes FULL advantage of the origins of common European fairytales. The Beast of Talesend introduces you to this world—and a slew of enjoyable characters. Get ready for an adventure of a different kind!

My name is Nick Beasley. I’m the one they call when things go bump in the night…because I can always prove that there’s actually nothing to worry about. After all, magic and monsters aren’t real.

At least, that’s what I’ve been telling people for a long time. But now that I’ve been magically transformed into a big hairy monster, I’m not sure they’re going to believe me.

And no, a kiss won’t help. The only person who may be able to fix me is the enchantress who did this to me in the first place.

She says it was an accident, but I’m not sure I can trust her. Why would the Beast Curse randomly crop up again after hundreds of years?

And if it wasn’t an accident, what might the person responsible do next?

I have to protect the city of Talesend from the monsters in the shadows…even if one of the monsters is me.

As an alternative, you can also check out Horseman, the first book in the same author’s Crockett and Crane series, which takes place in alternate-universe America!

4. Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea

What if Cinderella was a duchess just trying to keep her family afloat? What if the prince was a rakish colonel in the ranks of the greatest military force on the continent? And from opposite sides of two nations with no love for one another, their worlds collide…

Okay but seriously, that was a pretty good intro, right?

Cinderella may be a duchess, but her life is in tatters.

Orphaned, destitute, and living in a country recovering from a hostile takeover, Cinderella is desperate to save her lands and servants. She is so determined that when terrible taxes are placed upon her, she dons servants’ clothes and works like a commoner. Unfortunately, her sacrifices aren’t enough, and she is given one season to pay off her debt.

All seems lost, until Cinderella is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

Though Friedrich shamelessly flirts with her and pesters her at all hours all the day, Cinderella wonders if he is more than he appears to be…and if together they could unite their lands against the bitterness and resentment that threatens to destroy them.

It’s been a long time since I read this book, but it’s calling for a reread these days… (too bad I don’t have time, like you.) Anyway, this book is very autumn-y and of course Cinderella = pumpkins so you might as well take a look!

5. A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Cellier

Everyone, meet my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I don’t usually care much for retellings of this fairytale—there are just too many that are too similar!—but of course, I’ll read anything and everything by Melanie Cellier. This book is pure magic, people. The heroine is a soft sweet cinnamon roll and the hero is… a slightly less soft cinnamon roll? I think? I don’t know, depends on your perspective. Anyway, it’s a standalone retelling but it’s a lovely sequel to A Dance of Silver and Shadow (the first book in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series).

Princess Sophia has helped her twin sister Lily save the duchy of Marin. But now Sophie faces an even greater threat when she sets out to free the cursed kingdom of Palinar from its beastly prince. Alone, and with danger on every side, Sophie must navigate a magical castle and its even more mysterious master to discover the secret to breaking the curse.

Except the more time she spends with Prince Dominic, the more she starts to question who exactly she’s supposed to be saving. With time running out for the trapped inhabitants, and the reappearance of an old enemy, Sophie may have to choose between saving the kingdom and following her heart.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, Beauty will have to use all of her strength and intelligence if she is to outwit her enemies, break a curse and find true love.

Do you need any further convincing? If there is one book on this list that you absolutely should read, it’s this one.

BONUS: Kingdom of Feathers by Deborah Grace White

IT’S A WILD SWANS RETELLING, NEED I SAY MORE. I’ve never read anything by this author, but my sister likes her books and told me about Kingdom of Feathers. And now I’m totally stoked for its release on November 12.

A prince who’s king too soon, a princess determined never to be queen—two kingdoms at war

Princess Wren is not the crown princess. Everyone else might think her six older brothers are dead, but she knows the truth. They’re very much alive, and her oldest brother will absolutely assume the throne. Once he becomes a little less feathered…and beaky. The trouble is, that requires Wren to fulfill the terms of the curse that transformed her brothers into swans—which means she can’t speak a word to a living soul.

For six years.

Prince Basil wants to become king at eighteen about as much as he wants to inherit the war that’s burdened his kingdom for six long years. With the death of his father, he’s determined to ignore all advice and reach out to their enemies for an armistice. Even if there’s no one to negotiate with except the kingdom’s silent, timid crown princess. After all, there must be more to her than meets the eye…otherwise the dragons Basil regards as friends wouldn’t take such an interest in her.

But other forces are at work, ones with no desire to see the war end. If Wren and Basil want to save their people from further loss, they’ll have to learn to trust each other. Because the only way to uncover their true enemies might be to embrace the ones they thought they knew.

Psst, if you’re planning to read this too, let me know so we can buddy read it together!


Aaand that’s a wrap! I hope y’all enjoyed reading about these books that you should… read. And I hope that you guys have TIME to read at least one of these this month! Also don’t forget, there’s still time to send me your questions for my blogiversary Q&A in my last post 🙂

Until next time,

~ Merie

Have you read any of these books before? Are you planning to? What other books do you think are fitting for November? Talk to me, folksies!

4 thoughts on “Retellings to Read This November!

  1. I have read two of these! (you may be able to guess which ones…lol)
    Fated is on my Kindle…I should read it.
    And ooh! I’ve been meaning to read a book by Deborah Grace White. She’s Melanie Cellier’s sister right? I figure maybe writing is in their genes. heh.
    I would buddy read it with you, but I’m the type of person who likes to read series’ in order. Even if it’s a standalone series like this one. LOL.
    Great post! I love these so much.
    (Also I’m not doing NaNo either….)

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  2. Lovely post Merie! Yeah, I’m not doing NaNo either this year. I have some other projects that I need to work on. Which is kinda too bad, because I love NaNo.

    The only book I have read on this post is “The Beast of Talesend” by Kyle Robert Shultz and it was soooo good!!! I really want to read the other books in that series.

    I actually haven’t read “Heartless” yet. Which is surprising as have read a lot of her works. I should pick that one up someday.

    And that cover for “Cinderella and the Colonel” by K.M. Shea is so pretty!!!!

    “Kingdom of Feathers” by Deborah Grace White looks pretty good, I might have to check it out.

    Actually, I’ll just put all the books on my TBR and maybe read them someday, lol. XD

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