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Aria Kane’s Top Five Fairytale Retellings

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I absolutely adore mythology retellings, especially twisted fairy tales! Here are five of my favorite fairy tale retellings!

Ash by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo’s Ash is an incredible LGBT YA book loosely based on Cinderella. The story is so gorgeously told I found myself reading sentences over and over. I got entirely lost in its lush descriptions and unconventional romance.

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I’m not ashamed to admit I LOVE this quirky, kinda ridiculous Snow White retelling. I think Amanda Bynes is adorable and hilarious (and I’m hoping she’ll get the help she needs now). Add in the fact that the seven dwarves are now seven dorks and the “apple” is a computer… loved it!

Once Upon a Time

Since I do love fairy tale retellings so much, I desperately hoped Once would be decent – and I haven’t been disappointed so far. I love seeing the way the pull in all the characters we all already know. Though I’m still holding out hope that, somehow, hottie mchotterson Sherriff Graham will be back.

Anne Rice’s The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

I have mixed feelings about Anne Rice in general, but this trilogy is imaginative and deeply intriguing. She was doing vampires before Meyer and erotica before James.


I love the Syfy channel’s shows, but their movies can be… lacking, to say the least. Their Alice in Wonderland retelling mini-series was fantastic, though! It sticks with the main story, but everything is just slightly twisted in a strange way. My sister, BFF, and I were smitten with the roguish Hatter.


What are your favorite retellings? If there are any I haven’t heard of, I’ll be sure to check them out!


Aria Kane PhotoAbout Aria Kane

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. She’s the author of A Titan for Christmas and Once Upon a Darkness. You can learn more about her at:

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Once Upon a Darkness

Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint’s only skill is war, but he’s weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen’s team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better. On Clint’s second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.

When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.


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