Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Pick Your Own - Favourite Retellings
4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I adore Greek myth so the minute I found out that A Court of Mist and Fury was Hades and Persephone themed I was alllllllll for it. I really appreciated that Feyre and Rhysand's relationship showed the more positive side of Persephone and Hades. Quite often the relationship is shown to be toxic and focuses heavily on all the negatives. When, really, the original myth did have a blossoming relationship (at least in the version I read) between the two. Also, how can you not love the inner circle and Feysand? I mean come on.
I have a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here.
I'm counting this as a retelling kind of. It's a retelling of the story of Jack the Ripper anyway. I adored this book and I neeeeeed the next ones. Like now. This series definitely captured the dark tones of Jack the Ripper and how much of a menace he was in London. The characters created, however, were the perfect balance to this. They were quirky and so much fun to read from.
Snow White...WITH DRAGONS. That's right. DRAGONS. Snow White retelling this is not, inspired by is more accurate. The bones of the story are the same, wicked step mother, hunter and all that. But thats where the similarities end. This story has such a phenomenal plot and a life of it's own. I need to continue on with this series...like yesterday.
Similar to The Shadow Queen, Flame in the Mist* is only has Mulan like characteristics. Mariko is such a wonderful character, she is ambushed in the forest on her way to an arranged marriage and is forced to dress as a peasant boy in order to escape. That's the Mulan part. After that the story takes such an incredible turn and there are so many incredible characters. The next book comes out soon an I'm so excited for it!
I adore mythology of all kinds but my favourites are definitely Greek and Norse. I'd had the Gospel of Loki for a while and hadn't picked it up...enter the jar(s) of shame...I loved this book. It was narrated exactly as I thought Loki would be. Very tricksy but incredibly charming. I can't wait to pick up the next one.