Friday, November 9, 2012

Waiting, Wanting, Wishing: Retelling Edition! (41)

Waiting, Wanting, Wishing is a feature here on Katie’s Book Blog. There are so many books out there that I want to read and this is a good way to spotlight some of them.

This week I am spotlighting some retellings that look pretty fabulous!

book cover of Beauty by Nancy Ohlin

Title: Beauty
Author: Nancy Ohlin
Release date: May 7, 2013

Looks to kill for…

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires.

But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?

 Title: Across a Star-Swept Sea 
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release date: 2013

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

book cover of Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

Title: Dr.Frankenstein’s Daughters
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Release date: January 2013

A new generation is creating a monster….

Doctor Victor Frankenstein’s previously unacknowledged beautiful, intelligent twin daughters (from an early marriage when he was a student) have come to Frankenstein’s Castle to claim it as their inheritance.

Shortly thereafter they learn that a serial killer is on the loose. They try to ignore this — Gretchen takes up her father’s work, while Ingrid throws lavish parties. Gretchen and Ingrid form a love triangle with a young naval officer with a debilitating disease. Though he loves Ingrid, he agrees to work with Gretchen on a series of body transplants that improve his condition. Before long he is even walking without his cane. He does not know that the science that is helping him is the science of death itself . . .

A twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.

 Title: The Glass Casket
Author: McCormick Templeman
Release date: 2014

Pitched as a twisted retelling of Snow White, in which a 16-year-old is left to uncover the evil forces responsible for her cousin’s gruesome murder before they destroy her family, her village, and her whole world.

book cover of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release date: April 30, 2013

Kimberlee Schaffer thought she was doomed to haunt the halls of her high school for eternity…until she met Jeff.

Jeff can see Kimberlee. Jeff can hear Kimberlee. And Kimberlee is convinced that if Jeff will help her settle her unfinished business (so she stole some stuff while she was alive—what’s the big deal?), she’ll be able to move on. But when he finally agrees, Kimberlee is torn between setting things right and facing what truly awaits her on the other side.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike.

What are you waiting, wanting, wishing for this week?

6 Comments

  1. Steph

    These all sound amazing! I just finished ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ and I’m glad Diana Peterfreund is writing another book set in that kind of universe! Thanks for sharing, Katie.

    Steph @ Devouring Books

  2. Christina Kit.

    Diana Peterfreund’s was really good. I like her as a writer, and I liked that she wrote a unicorn series! So unique :)

    Did you read this book of hers or have you read her unicorn books?

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