Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books Inspired by Classics

Posted August 30, 2016 by Zeee in Top Ten Tuesday2 Comments



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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms! For this back to school theme, I decided to share books inspired by THE CLASSICS!

I personally haven’t read a lot of classics and honestly, I’ve tried, but I almost always get bored. However, I have experienced a few classics as retellings and let me tell you, I am so happy that there are a lot of retellings! I mean, I wouldn’t have “experienced the classics” if not for the retellings.


For Darkness Shows the Stars
Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness is a classic sci-fi retelling of Persuasion. In this book, the main characters (and even the others) are the same and the story sort of follows the same plot, with the difference being the setting. It has a weirdly interesting plot that I really enjoyed.


The Madman’s Daughter
Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter is full of weirdness and awesomeness that I can’t even begin to describe! It tells the story of Dr. Moreau’s daughter, Juliette when she is left to fend for herself in London. She is sought out by Montgomery who takes her to her father’s island. AND YES! There is an evil monster on the loose!


Her Dark Curiosity
Megan Shepherd

The sequel to The Madman’s DaughterHer Dark Curiosity is a retelling of the novella Strange Case of r. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! This takes place in London when Juliet leaves her fathers’ island. What I love about this book is the seamless transition from one classic retelling to another.


A Cold Legacy
Megan Shepherd

The third and final book of The Madman’s Daughter series, A Cold Legacy is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and let me tell you, this book IS JUST AMAZING! Plus SHARKIE and Balthazar!


Dorothy Must Die
Danielle Paige

I bought this book on my birthday, about 3 years ago and I absolutely loved it! It’s a retelling of The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her friends are EVIL! This also draws inspiration from one of my favorite musicals, The Wizard of Oz. Yes, the iconic ruby slippers are present!


The Star-Touched Queen
Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen is full of awesomeness and is inspired by the classic mythology Persephone. It also incorporated a lot of Indian mythology.


Tiger Lily
Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily is told in Tinker Belle’s POV and tells of the romance between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan! The narrative in this book is full of awesomeness!


Juliet Immortal
Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet and although I didn’t finish this book, it was an interesting experience.


Brodi Ashton

Everneath is another Persephone retelling in the modern world. Although this book is a little bit underwhelming, the sequel BLEW ME AWAY!


Marissa Meyer

Heartless is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and tells the story of how the Queen of Hearts became EVIL! I got this arc at Yallwest last April but I had a hard time getting into it. In fact, I still haven’t finished it! XD


What are your favorite classic retellings?

Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Which ones are your favorites?

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2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books Inspired by Classics

    • Retellings have been very popular in the lat 3-5 years or so.. and yes, there are a lot of retellings out there!