Friday, July 31, 2015

Just Added (10): YA Retellings

It's no secret that I love classics and young adult, so young adult retellings of classics are right up my alley. Here are some that I have added to my Goodreads TBR recently. Let me know some of your favorite retellings.

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Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein 
Summary from Goodreads:

He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think again.
In this reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen's most trusted lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia's happiness is shattered. Ultimately, she must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret.
Lisa Klein's Ophelia tells the story of a young woman falling in love, searching for her place in the world, and finding the strength to survive. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

Why I added it: I really love Hamlet and the characters in the play. Ophelia is one of my favorite female Shakespeare charaters, and I would love her to take center stage.

Every Breath by Ellie Marney 

Summary from Goodreads:

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...

Why I added it: I LOVE Sherlock Holmes!! So a Australian Watson and Mycroft sounds so interesting. Just try and ignore that awful cover. 

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel 

Summary from Goodreads:

Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein and inseparable until Konrad falls gravely ill. In the forbidden Dark Library, Victor finds an ancient formula, and seeks an alchemist to recreate the Elixir of Life. With friends Elizabeth and Henry, he scales highest trees in the Strumwald, dives deepest lake caves, and each sacrifices a body part.

Why I added it: I have heard mixed things about this one, so let me know if you have read it. There is quite a few Frankenstein retellings out there, and this is one I have seen around quite a bit. 

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