Hello, lovelies! There are so many good books to be read during the spooky season. So, all month long I’m coming to share some suggestions for all the different genres. Today’s genre is retellings. But, we’re going to talk about dark retellings, as is fitting for Spooktober. Books that are a little creepy or a bit horrifying, or maybe even scary. Let’s get into it!
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
This is the story of Cinderella’s step-sisters. Cinderella gets her happy ending, but what about the sisters that were so terrible to her?
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
For the Little Mermaid fans out there, here’s one that might give you some nightmares. Flesh-eating mermaids, murderous sirens, and a princess that steals the hearts of princes…by ripping them from their chests.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
This Sherlock Holmes retelling was so different from what I expected. Dark and gritty, covering heavy topics while also providing a fun and suspenseful mystery. A must-read.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite fairytales when I was a kid. So, getting this retelling was a dream come true. It was dark and twisted and everything I wanted for the spooky season.
Beastly by Alex Flinn
This one is for those Beauty and the Beast lovers. While it’s not the darkest retelling on the list. There are witches and wintery goodness.
Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
I didn’t love this book. But I know others have. It’s a compilation of all the different fairytales, dark and full of adventure.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
I did not love this Snow White retelling, but I know others that have. The twist on the original story was a bit darker than I’d anticipated and I did enjoy the female/female romance.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
This novelization of the Norse myths was a fun read. I enjoyed seeing them from the understanding of the author.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Do I even need to say anything about this one?
What dark retellings did you love? Let me know in the comments any that I forgot or maybe haven’t read yet.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.