If You Like, Then Read is a feature where we offer reading suggestions based on books you already like. This is the first week we are running it, and we plan to schedule it once a month. If you have more suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments!
Update: If You Like, Then Read…. is now a successful feature on the blog. If you’d like to read all the posts, click here.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Featuring a girl who has been “blessed” with the gift of obedience, this is the classic retelling of “Cinderella.” Readers will fall in love with the spunky Ella as she matches her wits against her stepsisters and the fairy who gave her her gift. Prince Char also makes this a great read for those who appreciate sweet romances. Read Krysta’s review here.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A somewhat gritty retelling filled with action in addition to pretty gowns and romance. Ella wins Prince Charming’s marriage proposal, but then discovers becoming a princess might not be what she wants. She might prefer to be just Ella, but will the royals let her leave?
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
A companion book to Princess of the Midnight Ball, this reads as a mixture of fantasy, romance, and mystery. The protagonist Princess Poppy is not the Cinderella figure, but, rather, the one who takes it upon herself to discover where a serving girl has suddenly been acquiring fancy new clothes. Fun and original.
Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
Part of the “Once Upon a Time” series published by Simon Pulse. It is not the most imaginative work in the series or even the best of Dokey’s own contributions, but it is nonetheless a delightfully fun read for anyone who loves retellings.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A science fiction/dystopian retelling that will be released January 2012. Here, Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing. I think this promises to be a unique contribution to the line of retellings, and the fact that it is the first in a series suggests that the story will explore deeper into the lives of the characters than the original tale. Update: Read Briana’s review here.