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?
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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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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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21 Reasons Turning Twenty-Fun Actually Sucks

Maybe I really am an alcoholic.

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This past year I finally made it to twenty-one. Being a college student, this was the one thing I was actually looking forward to. The three years of being a fake adult were finally over as I stepped into a new world... a 21-year-old's world. Though being twenty-one does have its perks, here are some reasons why it actually sucks.


1. That shit is expensive.

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Wait... How much did I spend last night?

2. You gain like...10 pounds.

3. The whole bar is just one massive line.

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4. Happy hour is from 9-11. And on a Wednesday?

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Guess I'm skipping my 8 a.m. tomorrow

5. Everyone is always asking you to buy them alcohol.

6. Your hangovers get more painful every time you drink.

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7. You can barely keep down a shot.

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8. Uber becomes a key part of your life.

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9. You get drinks spilled on you. All. The. Time.

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Who thought drinking on the dance floor was a good idea?

10. There is always a cover.

11. You forget to close your tab.

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And have to pay it in the morning.

12. Bouncers will kick you out for anything.

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13. And sometimes they don't even ask you for your ID.

14. You can finally be considered an alcoholic.

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15. This is the last birthday you can really look forward to.

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No one likes you when your 22

16. Not all your friends are 21 yet.

17. Sometimes you just want to stay at home and drink by yourself.

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18. You finally can legally drink around your parents and it's weird AF.

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19. You are dragged to the bars after every event.

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Even after a damn crate race.

20. Hooking up with different people just isn't the same anymore.

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21. You realize you're getting way to old for all of this.

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Cheers to being 21!






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