5 YA Fairy Tale Retellings You Should Read

5 YA Fairy Tale Retellings You Should Read

Who doesn't like a spin on the classics?

In YA literature, there's a trend with basing novels off of classic fairytales such as Snow White and Cinderella. Some of the most popular series, such as Marrissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles," use fairy tales as inspiration for their stories. For all those fairytale lovers out there, here're a few books that may interest you.

1. "Spindle" by E.K. Johnston

This "Sleeping Beauty" retelling takes a spin on the classic story by starting off with the demon, our Maleficent character, in a crumbling prison. The demon regains her power and waits to curse the princess. They must break the curse before the demon becomes the queen, but the web of power is tangled. E.K. Johnston has also written an Aladdin retelling by the name of "A Thousand Nights."

2. "The Shadow Queen" by C.J. Redwine

"The Shadow Queen" is a "Snow White"-based novel about a crown princess/fugitive who is tasked to kill the wicked queen who killed her father and took the throne. On the other side, there is a prince troubled with his endangered kingdom, who strikes a deal with the queen to become a huntsman and bring the wicked queen the crown princess' heart. C.J. Redwine has a second book in this series based off Rumpelstiltskin called "The Wish Granter."

3. "A Whole New World" by Liz Braswell

As part of the "Twisted Tales" series, "A Whole New World" starts off with the question, "What if Aladdin never found the lamp?" Instead, Jafar is the one who steals the lamp and uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Aladdin and Princess Jasmine must team up to stop Jafar before he makes his final wish. The "Twisted Tales" series also includes a "Sleeping Beauty" retelling called "Once Upon a Dream," and a "Beauty and the Beast" retelling called "As Old as Time."

4. "Bellamy and the Brute" by Alicia Michaels

"Bellamy and the Brute" is an interesting take on "Beauty and the Beast." The main character, Bellamy, takes a summer job babysitting at the Baldwin Mansion, but is told to never go to the third floor. There are rumors about their hermit son, Tate, who has been hidden away from a deforming illness since he was sixteen. There are lots of mysteries Bellamy encounters in the castle, but she is determined to figure them out and right the wrongs that have been done.

5. "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer

As a retelling of Alice in "Wonderland," "Heartless" takes us back to the Red Queen before she was the terror of Wonderland. In this novel, we see the lovely Cath become the villain she is in the classic story. She starts out as a girl in love with someone she shouldn't be. Marissa Meyer is also the author of "The Lunar Chronicles," which is based off of "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rapunzel," and "Snow White."

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18 Types Of Mini-Golfers You Come Across On An 18-Hole Course

Which type of mini-golfer are YOU?


Mini-golf: A fun activity that has been around since 1916. We have all played mini-golf before and have probably played a variety of courses over the year. The one thing you might not always realize is the players around you. Next time you go mini-golfing take a look at those playing around you and see if you can find these 18 types of players. Even see which of these mini-golfers you fit!

The professional golfer.

This is the golfer who always has to look at the hole, line up his shot every time, and takes the rules seriously such as adding a stroke when the ball goes out of bounds. I mean it's mini-golf, you don't need to line up ALL your shots.

The driver.

This is the golfer who drives the ball as if he was on an actual golf course. It's one thing if you have a power swing, but this person typically drives the ball purposefully.

The obnoxious one.

This is the golfer who is just wild and all over the place. They make such a big deal out of every play, might make irrelevant comments, etc. It's just unnecessary.

The cheerleader.

This is the person who is constantly cheering others on. Even if it's a bad play they'll say "awe, it's o.k! You still got this!"

The family with the annoying kids.

This is the family where the parents don't know how to control their kids. This is where the kids will go to the next hole before their parents, destroy some of the property, or even interfere with other people golfing.

The family that tries to act like a family.

This is the family that you can clearly see is just acting like a family. It could be as simple as a family that seems tense and is just playing together to a family where the dad and kids are playing while the mom just walks around with them filing her nails.

The group of 8+.

This is the group that holds EVERYONE up. They don't care if there are 8+ balls on one hole at a time. If you are this group, please let people behind you go ahead.

The inseparable couple.

This is the couple that is all over each other. They're constantly kissing if they aren't playing or they are taking pictures of each other.

The teenage girls.

These are the girls acting all innocent and taking selfies while playing while their parents sit near the entrance for them. It's the only thing they can do without parent supervision.

The oldie.

This is literally a grandma or grandpa who is naturally just slow. They are so adorable, but it'll take a good 2 hours to play a full 18 holes with them because of how slow they move.

The smokers.

These are the people smoking cigs or cigars while playing. Let's just hope they aren't smoking around kids and put their butts in the little buckets at each hole.

The slow pokes.

These are the golfers that just take forever. If you are a slow poke please be considerate of those behind you and let them go ahead of you.

The competitive one.

This is the one who is constantly up in your face about how they're going to win. They are the ones who can't just enjoy a game of mini-golf.

The out of bounder.

This is the golfer who constantly hits the ball out of bounds. At that rate you don't even give them a penalty stroke because they'd be up to 10+ on one hole.

The goofball.

This is the person who just acts silly. They could be the ones using a child's size putter or balancing on different rocks or stumps on the course.

The clueless one.

This is the one who never realizes what hole their on, when it's their turn, or what they are even doing.

The scorekeeper.

This is the golfer who takes keeping score seriously. Or this could just be the person who naturally always keeps score when you go mini-golfing.

The normal couple (or group).

These are the people we all love. It's the people who like some friendly competition, but don't goof around. They move from hole to hole at a good pace and keep to themselves. They also are cognizant of those around them. These are the mini-golfers we all love and should strive to be.

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