"One cannot make up stories; one can only retell in new ways the stories one has already heard" – Carolyn Heilbrun.

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I love a good retelling. Apparently I'm not alone, as they are extremely 'in' right now, each publisher turning out one after the other– each with its own unique spin. It's not a bad thing, but it seems to be the flow of the publishing tide for now.

In this swell of retellings, I find that some don't get the appreciation they deserve before the next is in the spotlight. So, here are 5 underrated YA retellings that I think should be given more love.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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“Revenge would have shattered us both. But you've given us the opportunity to be strong. To mend our hearts instead of break them further.”

I've mentioned it before on WHI, and you know what... I'll probably mention it again. 'Romanov' is an enchanted retelling of Anastasia, the late Grand Duchess of Russia who was killed in the Russian Revolution. Though it may not be an action- packed thriller, it is a dramatic character- focused tale about magic, forgiveness, and family.


Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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"The rich traded goods and extravagances, while the poor traded dreams and ideas."

This is (in the best possible way) one of the strangest retellings I've ever read. It's Les Miserables, but in space. Futuristic technology, rising tension, and three perspectives all interwoven make this a unique and engaging read.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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“But the world I wanted wasn't the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever.”

'Spinning Silver' retells the tale of Rumpelstiltskin with a Russian- inspired fantasy landscape. Follow an intriguing heroine and uncover mysteries of the Tsar in this magically underrated book.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

Probably the most well- known on the list, it deserves all its praise. 'The Wrath in the Dawn' is just so much fun. It has titillating suspense, tremendous drama, and a tenacious heroine. It retells the tale of 'One Thousand and One Nights'-- a novel comprised of stories from the Middle East and India. It is Scheherazade or 'Shazi' who tells these stories, and in this book we get to know her a lot better.


Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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"Perhaps bravery meant entering into a storm you already knew would destroy you"

A revolution. A magic system made of color. A plague turning everyone to stone. All these things are found in 'Fawkes', a fantastical retelling of the historical events that are celebrated every Guy Fawkes day. This book is so unique, following a boy who is slowly turning to stone all while learning the ways of White color magic. He also happens to be the son of Guy Fawkes, who is planning his revolution and dragging his son along with him. It's pretty amazing. You should read it.

That is all. If you think of some more underrated novels, please post an article about them, and tag me so that I can appreciate them too! :)

Have a lovely day and year and life-- and don't you dare stop reading.

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This article was written by @_audreylaine for the Tenth Muse Writer's Team.